Brooklyn, NY, USA | Member Since 2010
M. Times is a course of study rather than a story. It focuses deeply into the numbers and data that build conclusions so that one reading is not enough. It is a refereence that should be revisited often.
The author does not accept widely held beliefs. He goes out and does his own research and challenges the Zinns and Schlesengers who intimidate the main stream of modern history.
There can be no primary scene in an epic but personally I like the author's contrast of production capabilities among Soviet, Axis, British and American economies during wwii.
One is not moved by the catastrophe that was the 20th century. One is numbed by it.
The author must be a very brave man.
Everyone's right. Oconnor is a great writer. She peers into the details of her characters with such detail and plausiblity you can't stay uninvolved. And her use of language is great.
It's an anthology and I don't remember the titles. There was a story that takes place in a doctor's office and it was an amazing contrast of characters.
She falls back on killing those characters with traditional values, be they flawed values or not. You know who's getting snuffed by the end of the first paragraph.
Everyone should read this among all the other classics.
I am not a Dickens follower, but I find this typical of his other books in that he identifies a personality or type and tells us we should try not to be like that.
Griffin is wonderful. You don't realize that one person is doing all this. I like the voice of naration best. Scrooge was also outstanding.
One has seen it so many times--
I think Dicken's message is that if we dislike someone he must be bad. I don't buy it. I don't think a real Scrooge could be as flat as C.D. makes him.
I would recommend it to a studious intgeligent friend because it gets right to the kernal of how society is motivated or restrained.
This book is unique in my experience. I wanted to read about the man but instead I discovered the idea. The idea is more powerful than the man, even though the author does not hesitate to point out flaws.
Riggenbach has a wonderful voice and comprehension of the subject.
I listen to parts of this book over and over to build my undrstanding of those parts that contrast with popular opinion.
Mises was a slave of truth. He was incapable of adjusting to popular trends.
Everything I've read by Wodhouse is superior comic fiction. Aunts ranks with the others. Excellence is the mean.
At opposite extremes of genre, 'On The Road' by Kerouac is comparable for richness of language and simile
Cecil is one of the master performers in a golden age of naration. The ability to jump about among characters of different sexes, ages, ethnicities and backgrounds at a speed near that of silent reading is astounding.
Bertie, because he could be bullied into picking up the tab.
American narrators seem to be a sort of second string who couldn't make it on television and settled for second best. British narrators appear to be specialists who love their art. If I am wrong then show me an American who can compete with Mr. Cecil, Miss May or Mr. Davidson. I am a patriotic American writing without prejudice.
This book made me laugh out loud on the subway. The author's gift of irony plus the narrators understanding thereof made this a truly entertaining listen. Quite an achievement for a book on philosophy.
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