Monthly Archives: August 2018

Book Review: Tristina

Tristina Galdos, Benito Perez New York Review Books, 2014 translation Set in Madrid in the late 18, early 1900’s, the densely complicated short novel begins with a description of an aging gentleman who’s primary life interest, it seems, is to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Farmer Buckley’s Exploding Trousers

Farmer Buckley’s Exploding Trousers Pain, Stephanie, ed Profile Books, London, 2011 One of those odd finds where the title hints at something offbeat but probably good and it actually delivers. This is a collection of “oddities on the way to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Chechnya Diary

Chechnya Diary Goltz, Thomas St. Martin’s Press, 2003 This is a fairly powerful book about a TV war correspondent’s view of the initial Chechnya fighting in 1995.  That timeframe has a certain attraction to me; after all, it was when … Continue reading

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Book Review: Getting Over the Color Green

Getting Over the Color Green Slovic, Scott, ed University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 2001 An anthology of contemporary (but is 2001 contemporary still contemporary now?) environmental literature of the southwest.  It is broken into a few sections – natural history, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fat City

Fat City Gardner, Leonard Original 1969, NYRB edition 2015 Set in Stockton, California in the late 1950’s, this book dives deep into the lives of two young men, one barely starting his adult life and the other, though only 29, … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising

Bialoszewski, Miron translated by Levine, Madeline Revised Polish edition 2014, NYRB edition 2015 This book is a firsthand account of the author’s experience in the Warsaw uprising near the end of WWII.  He was not directly involved in any of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Death of Napoleon

Leys, Simon New York Review Books, 2006, translation of 1986 French original An interesting twist on the history revisited genre in that this one falls to pieces rather than ending heroically. Upon his exile to St. Helena, an underground network … Continue reading

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