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Best Horror Stories of Arthur Conan Doyl: Best Hor&hellip von Martin Harry Greenberg
4.0 von 5 Sternen Gems of their time, 31. Juli 2000
Writing in the early part of this century, Doyle (best known for creating Sherlock Holmes) created a series of horror stories with a bent towards spiritualism and mystery. The selection is a good range of work with some very strong entries. "The Case of Lady Sannox" and "The Leather Funnel" are particular stand-outs. Some of Doyle's is more dated than others, but still definitely worth a read.
Disgrace von J. M. Coetzee
Disgrace von J. M. Coetzee
I don't know what I think about _Disgrace_. I've certainly never seen a book with so many layers written in such a determinedly spare way. There are a lot of tiny points that jar, but I'm lead to the conclusion that Coetzee meant them to, by showing how the layers of the world create some strange plot threads when you see them all together.
What I mean is that a character's action when viewed as a personal narrative may seem to make little sense, but becomes a necessary part of reading the book as parable. Alternatively, the parable is broken apart by the vibrant and real (all the more real *because* they are opaque) characters Coetzee creates. The dogs, Lucy, the rapes, South… Mehr dazu
The Trial of Radclyffe Hall von Diana Souhami
The Trial of Radclyffe Hall von Diana Souhami
Radclyffe Hall was not a major literary figure-- but she was an immensely fascinating one. She's not less fascinating because there were so many things to dislike (depressing love affairs, callousness about pets, and a definite preference for fascism).
What Souhami manages to do is to paint a picture that owns the negative without playing down the brave and even important side to Hall's life. For the students of history and sexual politics, the trials surrounding the Well of Loneliness make fascinating reading and we see them through this book in a totally different light than I've seen them before.
Great biography.

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