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Mon, May. 4th, 2015, 10:14 pm
The Plague

Albert Camus- The Plague

As it happens, I respect Albert Camus more than his countryman Sartre. So I have tried to read more of his novels. They are not light reading at all - and subject matter of The Plague is actually even more serious than the disease the story seems to describe.

Insidious analogy of maladyCollapse )

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Mon, May. 4th, 2015, 10:12 pm
Crime

Ferdinand von Schirach - Crime


Ferdinand von schirach is a German criminal lawyer. In this book he writes about some of the cases he has been dealing with.

Guilt may be tricky businessCollapse )

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Mon, May. 4th, 2015, 10:07 pm
The Road to Ruin

Donald E. Westlake - The Road to Ruin

Both author and characters seem tiredCollapse )

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Mon, May. 4th, 2015, 10:06 pm
Bad Monkey

Carl Hiaasen - Bad Monkey

Andrew Yancy is a down-on-his luck policeman who is demoted to a restaurant inspector for sodomising the husband of his mistress with a vacuum cleaner. His predecessor died of food poisoning. He is horny, prone to get stoned and wants his old job back.

Yes, he is the good guy of this story.

Jaunt to the Bahamas and backCollapse )

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Mon, May. 4th, 2015, 10:04 pm
Cod

Mark Kurlansky - Cod

Cod to eat and overfishCollapse )

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Mon, May. 4th, 2015, 10:03 pm
Stealing History

Roger Atwood - Stealing History

Roger Atwood is an American journalist who specializes in culture and archaeology. Or, in the case of this book, looting and reselling stolen archaeological treasures. The book opens with a chapter where ordinary Iraqis begin to loot the graves only the Saddam's men have been able to loot so far.

Well, this is what the yell of Indiana Jones about museums is all aboutCollapse )

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Mon, May. 4th, 2015, 10:02 pm
The Medici Conspiracy

Peter Watson & Cecilia Todechini - The Medici Conspiracy
ISBN 978-1-58648-5

This book is a about a large antiquities smuggling ring that had worked for decades - and the fact that many museums and galleries know very well that they are buying stolen antiquities. But having a big collection is the priority, of course.

Theft and dublicity in the antiquities tradeCollapse )

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Mon, May. 4th, 2015, 10:00 pm
Wilderness Man

Lovat Dickson - Wilderness Man

From Britain to the wilds of CanadaCollapse )

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Wed, Jan. 14th, 2015, 11:57 pm
The Men who stare at goats

Jon Ronson - The Men who stare at goats

Now, this is the non-fiction book the movie of the same name is based (where all the real-life nonsense was apparently taken somewhat seriously).

Some people in Pentagon have taken X-Files and Twilight Zone too seriouslyCollapse )

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Wed, Jan. 14th, 2015, 11:53 pm
The Zanzibar Chest

Aidan Hartley - The Zanzibar Chest

Aidan Hartley (named after Aden) is one of those British colonials who never actually returned to Britain, even if they could regard it as "home". But they still mostly stayed where their ancestors had moved. Hartley himself became a war correspondent and wittnessed number of African conflicts, not only the most famous ones.

If you want to read happy stories about the Dark Continent, this book is not for you.Collapse )

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