Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Singapore Grip

Singapore Grip by J. G. Farrell 1978 / 568 pages rating 8.5/ 20th cent lit In 1937 Walter Blackett is the owner of a large rubber plant and export firm in Singapore where he lives with his wife Sylvia and … Continue reading

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The Hanging Garden

The Hanging Garden by Patrick White 2012- posthumously / 228 pages rating 8.5 / 20th cent fiction This is an unfinished novel by Australia’s Nobel Prize winner. I read and loved Voss but White’s other books seem to be more … Continue reading

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Death With Interruptions

Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago 2009 / 239 pages rating 5 (out of 10) /contemp fict If an author is too lazy to give characters names and use traditional punctuation and formatting (sentence- paragraph breaks) then I don’rpt see … Continue reading

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The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich – 2003/ 355 pages rating – 9 / contemp fiction This is the third book I’ve read by Erdrich which focuses on the Ojibwa Indians of the … Continue reading

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How Jesus Became God

How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher From Galillee by Bart Ehrman 2014/ 371 pages rating 8 / history of Christianity Although Ehrman is no longer a believer, he presents a fair picture of the “historical” Jesus … Continue reading

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The Gnostic Gospels

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels 1979 /182 pages rating 8 / history of Christianity Interesting exploration of how the gnostic gospels interacted with orthodoxy and to shape the Christian church as it developed. Good book – it’s not about … Continue reading

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Heatstroke

Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming by Anthony Barnosky 2008/ 288 pages rating 7 / non-fiction/ environment Not a top-notch anything, but pretty good for a freebie. The focus of Heatstroke is the effects of global warming on … Continue reading

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