R. Griffiths

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Geburtstag: 17. März
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I've decided to write a review of every book I read, to give more discerning readers something to go on. My favourite novel is Strandloper by Alan Garner, and my favourite collection of short stories is The Ice at the Bottom of the World by Mark Richard. The book I would cite as 'most useful' is The Permaculture Designer's Handbook by Bill Mollison, and the best collection of essays is Standing o… Mehr dazu


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Old Bear board book von Jane Hissey
Old Bear board book von Jane Hissey
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is one you'll learn by heart, 17. September 2000
Every morning our eighteen month old daughter starts the day by exclaiming 'Old Bear!' - the cue that one of us must read it with her without further ado. If it's not left in her cot at night, she often says, 'Oh dear, Old Bear?'. In short this book really wins the toddler vote. Our toddler learnt how to wobble by reading this. She also learnt the meaning of 'sad'. Old bear is a story of lasting friendship, teamwork among stuffed toys, and a daring airborne rescue bid. Contrary to one review, the pictures are not 'sugary-sweet', Our very discerning daughter loves them, and actually, so do I. We have found that we've read the book so often that the words are imprinted in our memories… Mehr dazu
Body Politic von Paul Johnston
Body Politic von Paul Johnston
It's Scotland, but not as we know it. In the year 2021 the UK has broken up, and Edinburgh is now a city-state run on the lines of Plato's Republic, with a good measure of corruption thrown in. Unfortunately, that's about as interesting as this book ever gets. The plot is very standard 'grizzly murder' fare and the tone is so cynical that I found it impossible to care about any of the characters, especially the protagonist, Quintillian Dalrymple. I suspect Paul Johnson's reputation has benefitted from the current high level of interest in Edinburgh crime writing. However, for better characters and plots try Ian Rankin; for better writing, try Iain Banks and for grizzlier murders… Mehr dazu
Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World von Alan Weisman
4.0 von 5 Sternen South American Shangri-La, 28. Juli 2000
Do you believe in Utopia? Throughout history people have looked for the ideal community, a place where problems are solved, not created, where a dream of peace and harmony can be fulfilled. In the words of the high llama of Shangri-La, in Capra's classic film, Lost Horizon: 'the world must begin to look for a new life and it is our hope that they may find it here. For here we shall be with their books and their music and a way of life based on one simple rule: Be kind. When that day comes, it is our hope that the brotherly love of Shangri-La will spread throughout the world.' Alan Weisman writes his account of the Columbian settlement of Gavoitas firmly in the tradition of utopian… Mehr dazu