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Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography
Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography
von P.D. James
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful memoir that reveals the soul of a famous writer, 18. Juli 2000
What a marvellous book P.D. James has written!
It is not just for fans of her mysteries. Rather, it is for anyone who has had to have a day job to pursue other interests, who has toiled in hospitals or government bureaucracies, who had to deal with family problems--all of which P.D. James had to do. Luckily, the book, like her life, has a happy ending, with a seat in the House of Lords, a place on the BBC Board of Governors, and visits to the Queen's Garden Party, in addition to best-sellerdom and homes in Oxford and London, to top it off! It is so charming that after reading it, I gave it to my mother to celebrate her 77th birthday (P.D. James' gave this milestone as the reason she wrote the book -- at 77 it is time to be in earnest).


Goodbye to All That (Isis Series)
Goodbye to All That (Isis Series)
von Robert Graves
  Hörkassette

5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant evocation of the Lost Generation, 14. Juli 2000
Robert Graves book is at one level a memoir and at another level a manifesto for the Lost Generation, disillusioned by the carnage and stupidity of World War I. Devastating in is portrayal of the British Establishment. Compelling in its picture of young poets like Sigfried Sassoon. The audiobook version is simply riveting, turning a drive from Washington, DC to NYC and back on a crowded I-95 into a distinct pleasure. Even traffic jams were transformed into a delightful chance to hear more of the story.


Amsterdam: A Novel
Amsterdam: A Novel
von Ian McEwan
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen An enjoyable jeu d'esprit, 20. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Amsterdam: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
This book is a black comedy that is very, very dry. The author takes on the British "chattering classes" and has his fun with their overlapping infidelities as well as their social and artistic ambitions. The style combines the humor of P.G. Wodehouse with the plotting of P.D. James. Highly recommended as airplane reading (especially if one is going to Holland...).


Command Performance: An Actress in the Theater of Politics: Art, an Actress and the Theater of Politics
Command Performance: An Actress in the Theater of Politics: Art, an Actress and the Theater of Politics
von Jane Alexander
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen A devastating self-portrait, expressed with gusto., 5. Juni 2000
For anyone who wants to know what went wrong with the National Endowment for the Arts, an excellent start can be found in Jane Alexander's memoir of her term as Chairman.
Without blinking, the author reveals a deep hostility and contempt towards anyone who dares to point out that the proverbial emperor (or in this case empress) might not be appropriately dressed.
How fascinating it is to read what Ms. Alexander was thinking while running the arts agency during a period of intense controversy. And what she was thinking about was politics and money rather than art.
Her confrontations with pundits, congressmen, and even the President of the United States are absolutely worth the price of the book (no doubt one reason that it graced the cover of the Washington Post Magazine).
Democrats are not spared. For example, Ms. Alexander describes the President as a hick from Hot Springs who prefers Elvis Presley to Karen Finley, since he told her that the American people could not be expected to pay for such stuff. And Ms. Alexander found herself rather unimpressed with the artistic level found in Arkansas during a visit to a cultural center in the President's home town.
Curiously, she nevertheless complains that he stopped hugging her soon after she took over the agency.
Now that she has returned to New York, Ms. Alexander lets everyone in Washington know what she really thought of them. In the telling, Ms. Alexander has painted a devastating self-portrait, expressed with gusto.


How Proust..Change Yr Life(cas
How Proust..Change Yr Life(cas
von Alain de Botton
  Hörkassette

5.0 von 5 Sternen Listening to Alain de Botton's Proust tapes changed my life, 27. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: How Proust..Change Yr Life(cas (Hörkassette)
And those of my friends, to whom I lent them. Perfectly recorded, and perfect for listening to in the car while confronting life's little obstacles: traffic, potholes, red lights, getting gas, etc. With the help of M. de Botton's guide to Proust, the path of life becomes clearer. A wonderful gift idea.


Patrick O'Brian: A Life Revealed
Patrick O'Brian: A Life Revealed
von Dean King
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Riveting biography of a famous author, 27. März 2000
Dean King has done a masterful job of penetrating the hard shell Patrick O'Brian constructed to avoid his reading public. In a compelling biography, King shows how the author's real-life adventures relate to the sea saga and other tales O'Brian churned out in seven decades of ceaseless toil. A must-read for all O'Brian fans, and indeed anyone interested in the relationship between life and art.


It Hurts
It Hurts
von Matthew Collings
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 33,14

5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny, sharp and on-target dissection of NY Art Crowd, 10. Oktober 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: It Hurts (Taschenbuch)
If you liked Tom Wolfe's THE PAINTED WORD, you'll love IT HURTS. Collings' style is a cross between Wolfe's and the Warhol Diaries. His stream-of-consciousness tour of Artland is a travelogue which bites back. I laughed out loud, though in the end found myself deeply disturbed. Must reading!


The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
von Thomas Sowell
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,72

5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful explanation of the way intellectuals think, 13. November 1998
Thomas Sowell knows what he is talking about! Living in Washington, DC I've met so many of the types he describes that it is incredible. What is most interesting is that the "annointed" generally have contempt for the elected! There is a needed follow-up book on Puritan conceptions of predestination which might explain this phenomenon. I hope Sowell explores its historical development. But this book is well worth reading, like an X-ray into the mind of Washington media and government.


Losing Your Job-- Reclaiming Your Soul: Stories of Resilience, Renewal, and Hope (Jossey-Bass Business & Management)
Losing Your Job-- Reclaiming Your Soul: Stories of Resilience, Renewal, and Hope (Jossey-Bass Business & Management)
von Mary Lynn Pulley
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding self-help book for career transitions, 13. November 1998
I picked up this book with some skepticism after losing a job, but found that I could not put it down! And after finishing it, I went out and got a temp job in ONE DAY which I still have -- and have been asked to stay on. It is excellent as practical as well as philosophical support for anyone seeking to improve his or her resilience in a crisis. Instead of despair Pulley and Deal offer hope.


The Age of Consent: The Rise of Relativism and Corruption of Popular Culture
The Age of Consent: The Rise of Relativism and Corruption of Popular Culture
von Robert H. Knight
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An angry protest against cultural decay, with hopeful ending, 24. August 1998
Bob Knight is angry with an America that has taken the wrong path, and he takes the cultural leaders to task for leading the country astray since the 1960s. High culture, low culture, and middlebrow are all misguided, according to this book, and only a return to American traditions will rescue American civilization from decay. In his final chapter he finds hope in grass-roots America, which Knight argues can revitalize the country's intellectual and cultural life, if given a chance. Written from a Christian perspective, it presents an important point of view which should be seriously considered by all Americans interested in cultural developments.


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