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Christian Science Monitor: Books

Reviews for thinking people, from the Thursday book section of the Monitor. (By - FOR PERSONAL AND NON COMMERCIAL USE ONLY!)

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‘The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown’
Four hundred years ago, as European powers competed for dominance in the New World, England looked like the nation least likely to succeed. Spain had spent the 16th century extracting shiploads of gold from modern-day Mexico and Peru. Nations as small as the Netherlands and Portugal had a far stronger presence in the New World than did England. (more…)

All Things Must Fight to Live
In Congo brutality seems to be everywhere: history, war, politics; in the landscape and the poverty and the desperate chug of locals’ day-to-day lives. It’s difficult to know whether this vision is about the country itself, or the way foreigners have chosen, since Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” to imagine it. (more…)

Read what you like
It’s hard not to be at least a little bit curious about a writer like Matthew Kneale. After all, he speaks 7 languages (sort of, at least), comes from a family of writers, and writes about subjects as diverse as arms dealers, Ethiopian mothers, Chinese wives and Middle England. (more…)

Outrage by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann is an excellent, informative book.

“When We Were Romans”
Nine-year-old Lawrence, it must be said, is a bit of a mama’s boy. But since his dad has been lurking around their London neighborhood and telling lies to the neighbors, Hannah needs somebody on which to lean. (more…)

Teens and books
The American Library Associationthis week offered a rosy assessment of teens and books. According to an ALA press release (the group is also promoting its Teen Read Week, scheduled this year for Oct. 12-18), “teen books now enjoy unprecedented critical success and popularity.” (more…)

Jane Eyre
Classics are receiving more attention now from several of my book groups. Jane Eyre made a real hit in two groups: 100 percent enjoyment of rereading. Jane (or Janet) was a strong woman of her time like Zora Neale Hurston’s character in “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”

The Pixar Touch
It’s a rags-to-riches story, a classic example of the cream rising to the top. And it’s as entertaining and heartwarming as, say, a Pixar movie. It’s The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company, and its topsy-turvy, roller-coaster plot has all the thrills of a ride at Disneyland. (more…)

The Perfect Man
I just read The Perfect Man by Naeem Murr. After a semester of reading almost exclusively short stories for a creative writing program, Murr’s book was an immensely discoverable treasure. His characters are so perfectly flawed, his conflicts so intricately layered, and his voice so humanly measured and direct that you really won’t be able to put it down. Magnificent story, spectacular writing. 4.5 stars out of 5 (but I’ve yet to encounter, since 2001 on my merciless scale, a 5).

Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer
If love grew from the ground, it might be a sun-ripened tomato. And now it is August in the Northeast, when an abundance of the succulent fruit momentarily clouds memories of beautiful – yet tasteless – imported produce. (more…)