Speed up the last third of the book.
Mitchell's character and obsessions are the most interesting. The details of settling the swamp are less so.
He's a fine reader, but I don't think I would feel differently if I read the book.
Interesting conceit. Mitchell's rise in the world of greed and finance is well done and fun to read. There's no great life-changing message, but the book was entertaining and diverting, perfect beach reading.
This is a book about gilt and blame. Most of the time the author blames his behavior on his parents, the torturers at Abu Greib, etc. from his higher moral position as a disciple of Buddism.
He takes no responsibility for his promiscuity, though he metes out a little blame for himself as he nurtures his parents.
The answer for his life is that it is his nature.
The lesson I took from the book is this is what happens when you don't take responsibility for your own actions. Just like the torturers he so berates, he ignores the gratuitous pain he causes others. Don't be like this.
Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard. Like Filmmakers, he writes about gangsters and punks muscling into Hollywood.
This is my first. I like her steady, understated monotone. She leaves the story to provide the excitement.
This book has the strengths and weaknesses of the Elmore Leonard genre, though Leonard does it better. Good story and twists. Moves v. fast, so fast it is easy to lose track of characters.Many opportunities for bright, memorable images or characterization missed. Chekov said something like, "Don't tell us there was moonlight,. Show us the glistening reflection on the ice." Corrigan might follow this advice in future.The mistakes about death and morgues were annoying. As a physician I had only too much time with dead bodies. The don't, as Corrigan says, turn black. Rather, thee blood sinks to the bottom and the top turns and bluish-greenish gray.Many years ago I was in the SF morgue. When there are multiple bodies, they lay them out on multiple tables, not put them on shelves. Morgues keep bodies in refrigerated drawers, like filing cabinets.And would the Chief of Police really let a detective to shack up with a witness.But I quibble. the strengths far outweigh these details.In sum, this was an enjoyable, fast read with a great plot and rapid, exciting plot movement.
Excellent into to Eastern Religions. I have seen only too many books that dive into arcane details and quickly lose the reader. This is a delightful intro.
That said, the word "philosophy" should not be in the name. This is a book about religion. Period. The abridgment consists of deleting the entire section on Confucian and Neo-Confucian philosophy, a secular and important strand of eastern thought0 Neo-Confucianism is particularly important, as it combines tyhe strenths of Confucianism with those of Bhuddism.
This is an unfortunate omission. For those interested in Chinese Philosophy, I recommend Gardner's Zhu Xi's Reading of the Analects. 2003; Columbia U Press.
The narrator speaks so fast that it seems that the recording was speeded up. While this book is aimed at a popular audience, the ideas are often difficult and the narration makes them hardtofollow if you get my meaning.
Hayek, who considered himself a classical liberal, is often quoted by ideologues who blame the current financial crises on government regulation rather than the greed and immorality of those who used their power to distort the market and enrich themselves by betraying the trust of others.
Reading Hayek suggests he is vastly more reasonable than his modern disciples.
Agree with other reviews. Not only did the narrator read in a monotone, but he regularly mispronounced common words.
I got the impression that the HBO series on the Pacific is based on more than one book. If so, I would appreciate learning the names of the others.
This thoughtful book delves the inner thoughts of one man in a day in the post 9-11 world in London. Those who expect a thriller will be disappointed. Those who look for the author's trademark tight style and craftesmanlike prose, will be delighted, as I was.
The book convincingly addresses the meaning of life, equity, and integenerational relationships. This is NOT airplane reading ---indeed it starts off with a plane crash.
A great read though hyperbole (a charcter does an impossible number of surgeries in a day, etc) detracts a bit. It's thoughtful ruminating style colored with vague menace fit me perfectly.
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