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Notes from an Exhibition
Notes from an Exhibition
von Patrick Gale
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,60

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Finally finished, 14. Oktober 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Notes from an Exhibition (Taschenbuch)
Difficult to write something about this book. Somehow it hasn't really grabbed me and did take me some time to finish. It's not that it is badly writt...en but I found it slightly confusing, mainly because it doesn't have a clear timeline. I was also disappointed about the end. It simply stops once all the questions that arose because it's not written chronologically are answered and just doesn't head anywhere. The book is basically telling the story of this woman, a painter and her family and I wonder how much story there would be if it hadn't been cut up and pieced together again to keep the attention of the reader. I may try another of Gale's novels some day but I don't think I'll become a fan.


Purple Hibiscus
Purple Hibiscus
von Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,10

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Would definitely recommend and will read more books by this author, 23. August 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Purple Hibiscus (Taschenbuch)
I liked this book a lot even though the topic is not easy to digest. It is dealing with domestic violence and a father who is embracing all that's new and Western in the post-colonial Nigerian society in which he is an influential person. In his exegeration he has become a Catholic fundamantalist, lives strictly by the rules and forces his family to do so too without acknowledging the equally Catholic canon of emphathy. This is how Kambili, the girl who tells her story, grows up. The tension between Papa's Western education and old values still lived by his father and extended family introduces the reader to an African culture which can be found all over the continent: pagan festivals, ancestor worship and witch doctors. But exactly through this tension not only the differences but also the similarities become evident. Would definitely recommend and will read more books by this author.


On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach
von Ian McEwan
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,10

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating Read, 8. August 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: On Chesil Beach (Taschenbuch)
I loved this book from the beginning to the end. The language is simply beautiful. The topic is very intimate and almost a tabu in our age of a sexualised society. The story is set in the 1960s before the sexual revolution. It's about a failed marriage. Failed not because there wasn't enough love but because of different expectations of the wedding night and beyond. Set in the past, the topic is still timeless which makes this book a fascinating read.


My Sister's Keeper
My Sister's Keeper
von Jodi Picoult
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Serious stuff, 5. August 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: My Sister's Keeper (Taschenbuch)
This is serious stuff. The book is about a family with a daughter that has fallen ill with leukemia at age two. They then decide to have another child that would be the perfect donor. Obviously, this results in all sorts of tension between family members and we read about each of their lives from their own perspective. The donor child goes to court aged 13 to file for self-determination and this court case unfolds throughout the book. Even though the topic itself is hard to digest, the style is easy going and so the book doesn't become too depressing.


The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001
The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001
von Sue Townsend
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good book if you've ever lived in Britain and want to have a laugh, 16. Juli 2009
These diaries are quite hillarious at times and I like them particularly because they remind me of my first years in Britain with all the current affairs that are being described. Also, the affair Adrian has with Pamela Pigg which leads him to start a novel about Peter the Pig is very funny. Got to read the later volumes as well. I also have an audio book of a previous volume which is even funnier when you listen to 'Adrian's' intonation. Good book if you've ever lived in Britain and want to have a laugh.


Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
von Paul Torday
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,10

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great laugh!, 11. Juli 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Taschenbuch)
I loved this book from the beginning to the unexpected end. It's a brilliant satire on the spin in British politics. And the whole story about introducing salmon in the Yemen to encourage intercultural understanding on the back of an impossible exercise sounds so absurd that it could almost be true. A great laugh!


Footprint Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Panama Handbook
Footprint Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Panama Handbook
von Richard Arghiris
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 17,81

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Still prefer Lonely Planet, 10. Juli 2009
This guide book was an experiment for me as Lonely Planet fan. What should I say, it hasn't succeeded. I still prefer the LP background and insider info and found this one also slighty difficult to read. Perhaps I'm just to used to LP but somehow I felt I didn't learn quite as much here and wasn't as curious to discover places.


Wikinomics
Wikinomics
von Don Tapscott
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,70

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not worth reading, 10. Juli 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Wikinomics (Taschenbuch)
Ok, I've put this book aside for the second time and chances are I'll never finish it. For me, it's just stating the obvious and I'm not learning anything new. Besides, I'm a bit annoyed with how the author has structured the book. i.e. not at all. At least, I cannot work out a logic. It's just one endless string of conversational drivel interrupted by a few capitalised headings. Not worth reading.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
von Mary Ann Shaffer
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,60

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Charming book, describing lovely people who survived the worst, 10. Juli 2009
Unusual style - the book consists only of letters and telegramms, received and sent by the fictional woman-writer who collects material for her next book. Topic is the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII and while this is a very serious matter, the authors manage to make it an easy and compelling read. All characters are well cut out and even though they are quite different and normally probably wouldn't mix, the occupation brings them together in this book club. There is a love story, too. It's a charming book, describing lovely people who survived the worst.


The Crash of 2008 and What It Means: The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis and Waht It Means
The Crash of 2008 and What It Means: The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis and Waht It Means
von George Soros
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,10

4.0 von 5 Sternen Quite a good read, 21. Juni 2009
Surprisingly, this book was quite a good read even though I'm neither a banker nor investor and didn't understand the passages about financial products and investment schemes all that well. However, I find Soros' economic theory which he calls 'reflexivity' makes sense. Basically, what he says is that people seek to understand the world which they live in while at the same time manipulating it. This results in a distorted view and applied to economics means that none of the existing models can describe reality or predict the future. The trouble is that the complexity of reflexivity cannot be pressed into a scientific model and therefore only leaves us with a critique of existing economic theory.
Quote: 'Not only has the prevailing paradigm - equilibrium theory, and its political derivative, market fundamentalism - proven itself incapable of explaining the current state of affairs, it can be held responsible for landing us in the mess we are in. We badly need a new paradigm.'
I agree!


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