Sunday, 6 January 2013

#1-3.

Sunday, 6 January 2013 08:39
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Escape from Camp 14, by Blaine Harden.

Shin Dong-hyuk was born in a North Korean gulag and was the first person born in a North Korean political prison camp to escape, and this is his memoir: brutal and harrowing and potentially triggery )

Manhood for Amateurs, by Michael Chabon.

This had some good bits - like the part at the start where he talks about how the standard for 'good fathers' is drastically, simperingly, unfairly, low - but at the end I just found that I didn't really care? As a memoir filtered through the recurring theme of his gender - I definitely felt like at some points that Michael Chabon didn't really have that interesting a life, which is probably not the impression you want to give your readers. And also - I'm not sure how to explain this, I just wasn't very interested in his perspective on life, in a way that is probably connected to.... the demographic of his being a middle-class American male. WHO KNOWS.

Islam and the Arab Awakening, by Tariq Ramadan.

A really good, and really nuanced book - blather )

I meant to review Code Name Verity, but I feel that deserves a post all by itself. (SPOILERS: I REALLY LIKED IT)

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