Where’s Wally?

There it is that big, bright, bold cover asking that immortal of questions, Where’s Wally?

I approached these books with a somewhat blasé attitude. I get involved, find said chappie and his hangers on(and dog), job done, simple.  Of course that is not the way of life. What followed was not just an elaborate paper based game of hide and seek. Oh no! It was a journey into the very depths my humanity….

It was Sartre who once said ‘Man is not the sum of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have’.  I believe he was refering to my predicament of hunting for Wally in the middle of a viking war zone or in a black and white silent movie scene.  You see I came to the realisation that to hunt for ‘Wally’ is to hunt for oneself,  to seek oneself out of the body.
Having realised that to find myself I must look into various bits of history (and the beach), there came the revelation that (as the philosopher  Soren Kirkegaard said): ‘The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read a Continue reading “Where’s Wally?”

Books for summer 2011

The next bunch of NEW reviews you read(for I have a ton of rewritten ones with which to amuse (?) you), will be from my summer list of books, generally featuring stuff I have been too lazy to read before now but can tenuously claim have some sort of connection with summer, or at least in my head anyways . Now all I have to do is read them…..

Sir Gregor MacGregor and the Land That Never Was  – David Sinclair

Sliced Iguana –  Isabella Tree

Captain corelli’s mandolin –  Louis de Bernieres

The Yacoubian Building –  Alaa Al Aswany

The Corfu trilogy – Gerald Durrell

Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah’s Beard – Nicholas Jubber

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler

A ghost in the Machine – Caroline Graham

Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

Amazon – Bruce Parry

Explorer Bruce Parry heads on an epic 6000km journey down the great River Amazon, giving an insight into the lives of people who live and work along its banks. With lots of photos and written in a diary entry format.

This is a good light read but is sadly nothing spectacular.  There is a lot of scope for depth and discussion of the plight of all the peoples living around the Amazon, from tribes who have their homes and livelihood affected by new hydro-electric dams to the farmers caught between law enforcement and drug barons.  These issues and others are glossed over to the point where one begins to wonder: exactly why write a book about these topics if they aren’t going to get much of a mention?

The main problem being the format for the book. Whereas Michael Palin(for example) excels in the diary format because he tends to have a short muse on the topical issues, Parry is aiming for so much more but fails due to the very nature of the book structure. What he attempts to cover in a short space is to the detriment of the warmth and humour of the aforementioned Mr Palin.

With Television being dumbed down the way has been in recent years, presumably the attitude has been adopted that the public wouldn’t get anything that is to insightful and complex, so what we get in reality are Bruce’s (very) short views on big Continue reading “Amazon – Bruce Parry”

Starting at the Beginning

Welcome to what, I hope, shall be an interesting trawl through the eclectic world of books that I have been accumulating for the past decade. Like my haphazard approach to buying books, there is no plan or solid reasoning whatsoever behind my choice of reviews. I shall just be posting whatever takes my fancy for whatever whimsical idea that may be.

I am hopefully going to be updating at least once a week, so fairly soon this page should add up to a vast ‘library’ of reviews. Everything from Nobel prize winners to modern cheesy titles. So probably something for everyone, unless all you read is train timetables, although maybe one day I may even review that as well.

There may also be news of a more general literary nature as and when things come to my attention and some of my old reviews for various sites, Amazon, Facebook etc, will be reworked as well.