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23
May

#20BooksOfSummer22 Reading list

 

Reading list:

  1. Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity – Jill Louise Busby (USA)
  2. The Age of Phillis – Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (USA)
  3. Atoms and Ashes – Serhii Plokhy (Ukraine/USA)
  4. Ma vie antérieure – Marcel Conche (France)
  5. La cousin Bette – Balzac (France)
  6. Le Dieu de DostoïevskiMarguerite Souchon (France)
  7. Perfume – Patrick Suskind (Germany)
  8. Flyboy in the Buttermilk – Greg Tate (USA)
  9. Everything Flows – Vasily Grossman (Ukraine)
  10. Mojo – Jeremy Butterworth (England)
  11. Bonnard: The Color of Daily Life  – Antoine Terrasse (France)
  12. Le manuscrit inachevé – Franck Thilliez (France)
  13. The Periodic Table – Primo Levi (Italy)
  14. The Impossible Exile – George Prochnik (USA)
  15. The Bostonians – Henry James (USA)
  16. Mildred Pierce – James M. Cain (USA)
  17. Profession du père – Sorj Chalandon (France)
  18. Hooked: Art and Attachment – Rita Felski (USA)
  19. Beachmasters – Thea Ashley (Australia)
  20. Le dernier jour d’un condamné – Victor Hugo (France)

 

 

 

18
May

#CF Chris Hammer

 

MAY

Silver (Martin Scarsden, #2) by Chris Hammer by Chris Hammer Chris Hammer

Finish date: 15 May 2022
Genre: Crime fiction
Rating: D-
Review:

Bad news: Biggest problem: The storyline is TOO complicated! I just could not wrap my head around all the subplots. Unless you’re a master writer, you shouldn’t use more than 2 subplots to your main one! You have 1 dead man…a bloody knife and a narrator that finds the body! Unfortunately Chris Hammer managed to muddy the waters with deaths in narrator’s childhood, alludes to death in previous book…multiple deaths on a beach including a swami! Oh, and don’t forget the dead sharks! It was just TOO much. Bah.

Bad news: Memories: There are traumatic memories that keep popping up in the narrative of the main character Martin (journalist). I found that it jolted the reader out of the plot about the current murder. I was asked to switch my concentration back and forth too often.

Bad news: Family life: I get it that a journalist/detective has a private life and it is an integral part of the CF novel these days…but Martin’s toddler Liam is mentioned 178x! Less is more!

Good news: Title: The title is the first hook: SILVER… what is it? This intrigues the reader. Silver = the dream, the wealth  which tempts, corrupts and destroys people (greed?) Port Silver = setting; Silver = vein of expensive metal (pg 354); Silver = thin thread of a necklace once worn by Martin’s partner (pg 326) Silver = 30 pieces of silver (betrayal?) (pg 409) Location: Port Silver is on the far north coast of New South Wales near Byron Bay and, in Martin’s eyes, is becoming gentrified.

Personal: In all honesty…this 2nd book in the series #2 Martin Scarsden (journalist) pales in comparison to Scrublands. After 15 chapters (50%) I started to loose interest. The plot contains a murder but I felt the “chessboard” of moving pieces of real estate subplot (block a golf course and marina, close a cheese factory, block a housing subdivision and save a pristine beach)…just pushed me out of the story. Mr Hammer has not found the the perfect balance of telling readers just enough for the story to make sense and come to life, without sharing so much.
I felt the book was too long and I #WastedTwoDays trying to make sense of this book.

 

 

17
May

#Non-fiction Bring The War Home

  UPDATE:  17 May 2022

  1. It felt like the right time to ‘highlight’ this book about the White Supremacy Movement in USA.
  2. Not an easy read, but a necessary one. #AmReading
  3. “Not everything that is faced can be changed,
  4. …but NOTHING can be changed until it is faced”. James Baldwin

 

Introduction:

  1. The white power movement in America wants a revolution.
  2. Returning to a country ripped apart by a war they felt they were not allowed to win.
  3. A small group of Vietnam veterans and disgruntled civilians
  4. concluded that waging war on their own country was justified.
Conclusion:
  1. This was not a “joy” to read….not at all.
  2. The writing was hard-boiled and gave just the facts.
  3. If I was reading the book I probably would have stopped halfway.
  4. But I had an #audiobook and just put on the earphones every day
  5. …and continued on my bike rides.
Good news:
  1. The book did make me aware the white power, Aryan Nation
  2. and militia threats that are in the USA.
  3. Imagine reading how pervasive the movement was in 1970s-1990s
  4. …and stop and think how much more these groups are organized now.
  5. They are not always in the headlines but since 06 January 2021
  6. …I was curious what is going on underground or in the woods in different states.
Bad news:
  1. The book was depressing….
  2. I did notice Ms. Belew pins a surge in contemporary violence
  3. on the sorely abused Vietnam veterans.
  4. I think this is not a fair argument.
  5. It’s not the military or the military experience or the hellish fog of war
  6. … it is the environment in which they were raised
  7. …before ever getting to the military that leads to this kind of hatred.
  8. They (the vets) were not born with it and they were not brainwashed
  9. …into it when they became military.
  10. They were raised into it by the society from which they come.
Last thoughts:
  1. This is a book that is not a great read….but a necessary one.
  2. Sometimes you just have to tackle books that don’t appeal
  3. …to educate yourself about this domestic terror threat.
  4. Here are some of my notes after my daily bike ride:

 

March 18, 2021 – page 80 22.73%

 

  1. While riding my bike in the morning I’ve been confronted with: Seadrift, Texas, Vietnamese fishers vs KKK Nov. 25, 1979,
  2. Greensboro NC massacre Communist Workers Party vs KKK/NeoNazis Nov. 03 1979
  3. and now frustrated Vietnam vets are off to cause havoc in Central America as mercenaries.
  4. Book is depressing…but US is still in the terrible grip of white-power movement. Just 6 hr 55 min…I will finish the book, ugh.”
 
March 19, 2021 – page 112 31.82%
 
  1. You don’t want to mess with The Aryan Brotherhood….ever!”
 
March 20, 2021 – page 156 44.32%
 
  1. 1984 Aryan Nation (Louis Beam) discovers the internet….members flock to invest in $2000,– Apple computers.
  2. We read names, robberies of armored money transports to fund the movement, attacks on Jews,
  3. paramilitary training camps and federal raids on prominent figures.
  4. Not much analysis..but just the fact that this is all going on in 1980s is scary.
  5. Just imagine White Power, paramilitary militia are doing now!!
 
  March 22, 2021 – page 187 53.13% 
 
  1. The book’s seventh and best chapter is about White Power’s devotion paid to women as wives,
  2. mothers, and martyrs of the movement. White power submitted itself to a blinding
  3. cult of faith and family centered on the female body.
  4. The race must remain pure:
  5. “…the birth of a white baby was an act of war.”
  6. Louis Beam (Arayan Nation) marries 4th wife Sheila Toohey…she is devoted to him.

 

March 23, 2021 – page 209 59.38% 
 
  1. The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past
  2. where time hovers ghost-like. We return to Ruby Ridge, Waco Texas and
  3. the Oklahoma City bombing… Now we have 2 mass shootings in USA in ONE week!
  4. UPDATE:  17 May 2022  –
  5. 200 MASS shootings in the months of Jan-Feb-March-April-May 2022!!
  6. This is insane!

 

  1. Thoughts and useless prayers now being rushed to the scene
  2. …to this soon-to-be-forgotten and then-repeated story.
  3. #NeedGunLegislation.
  4. #NeedToCallOut  
  5. US politicians and
  6. TV talking heads for what they are
  7. …racists, White Supremacists

 

16
May

#Classic Joseph Conrad

  • Author: Joseph Conrad  (1857-1924)
  • Publish: 1920
  • Trivia: The novel took twenty years to complete.
  • Conrad started it in the late 1890’s and completed in 1918.
  • Genre: novel
  • Monthly plan

 

Quick Scan:

  1. 3 boats:
  2. Hermit (yacht owned by rich Englishman Mr.Travers)
  3. Lightning (Captain Tom Lingard, adventurer)
  4. Emma (old schooner purposely run aground by Lingard to use as a weapons store)
  5. Tom Lingard, a sort of Humphry Bogartish, cynical
  6. gold-digger trader in the South Seas discovers the Hermit stranded in soft mud.
  7. The yacht is near a dangerous island
  8. …that is experiencing political strife among
  9. other characters….Wajo leader (Hassim), outlaw (Daman),
  10. local chief (Belarab) and rival chief (Tengga).
  11. I’ll spare you the intrigues but they all are
  12. …trying to regain power and the weapons on the Emma!
  13. Captain Lingard  wants to keep the navy out of HIS territory and
  14. ..sets out to rescue the Hermit (John and Edith Travers) and
  15. …get involved with island politics.
  16. SNAFU: Lingard falls in love with Edith, the bored wife.

 

Conclusion:

  1. This book is an an adventure of the sea that has a romance woven into it.
  2. This tension between Captian Lingard and Edith Travers fuels the plot.
  3. IMHO…this book ran out of “fuel”  very quickly.
  4. Weak point: NO action in begin of part 1.
  5. Conrad probably did not get the MEMO from writing class
  6. you have to ‘hook’ the reader.
  7. I kept reading because I promised myself finish this book
  8. otherwise I doubt I would continue
  9. Last page of part 1: smoke signal on shore captures
  10. Capt T. Lingard’s attention
  11. ….he knows what is going on but this reader is still clueless.
  12. Pace:  very slow and finally the last 150 pages saved what was left of this book.
  13. Character change:  Lingard admits on
  14. pg 242 ” I am no longer the man
  15. … to whom you (Carter)  spoke that night in Carimata.” (pg 16).
  16. Captain Lingard rescued the white people on the Hermit
  17. …but lost his soul in the attempt  and failed to
  18. fulfill his debt to the Malayan prince, Hassim.

 

Last thoughts:

  1. This was not Joseph Conrad’s best work
  2. …not by a long shot.
  3. The book felt like it ran this long, exhausting marathon
  4. …only to collapse into a heap,
  5. huffing and puffing just before it crossed the three-star line.
  6. But I’m trying to be kind to this author because his best novels
  7. ….enthralled me:  Lord Jim and  Nostromo.
  8. Read The Rescue… if you are really interested in his writing as a whole.
  9. Sorry,…not every book is a home run.
4
May

#ArtHistory Cézanne

Grand Pin (1890)….just beautiful!

 

 

 

  1. Update:
  2. This is  an introduction to Cézanne…
  3. low key guy, father/family  were financially secure
  4. …so they could help Paul in his early years in Paris.
  5. 1870: meets Hortense Fiquet.(was one of his models)
  6. …not exactly a match made in heaven
  7. …but they learn to live together/apart.
  8. Cézanne has no intention to fight in Franco-Prussian war and takes girlfriend
  9. …back to Aix-en-Provence…and starts paining beloved Montage Saint-Victoire (many times!)

 

  1. No, Cézanne didn’t slice off his ear (Van Gogh) or disappear to a Polynesian Island (Gaughin).
  2. He was content to live in his beloved L’Estaque in the south of France.
  3. His method was simple:
  4. Mont Saint-Victoire
  5. images rich vegetation contrasted with panorama’s and breathtaking skies.
  6. Still life: light, composition and perspective…a mixture of smooth surfaces of fruit (apples)
  7. decorative earthenware and table cloths draped irregularly to create a contrast.
  8. …I never knew there could be so much to see in a still life!
  9. Portraits: …there were many of his wife Hortense who always looked somber and constrained.
  10. Favourite paintings:                                                                       Vue de lac d’Anncey

 

Pont de Maincy

  1. Just look at  “Le Pont de Maincy” by Cézanne…
  2. This is a breathtaking painting of “verdure réfléchie dans une onde (pond) douce.”
  3. Cézanne said:
  4. “…it is not important what you paint…but HOW you paint it!”
  5. This was a beautiful book
  6. ….just 128 pages…an introduction to one of the best French painters 19thC.
  7. Finished: 04.05.2022
  8. ———————–
28
Apr

#UPDATE: May reading list

 

Update: 28 April 2022

  1. Last month I still struggled to fall into my comforting reading zone.
  2. All I could do in de evenings was
  3. …’binge watch’ some series on HBOmax, Disney+ and Netflix.

 

  • Our Flag Means Death (SE 1) – very funny
  • Schitt’s Creek (finally finished SE 1-6)
  • Anatomy of a Scandal and The Dropout (DNF…just too slow, boring)
  • The Mauritian (…expected more from a Jodie Foster film) score 4/10
  • Ozark and Better Call Saul (…in progress, enjoying the final seasons)
  • I enjoyed the distraction… but after a few days ...I need to get back to books.

 

  1. I looks like this UKR-RUS crisis is going to continue for months.
  2. I cannot let this situation dictate my reading
  3. ….I need to feed my soul AND continue to follow the news!

 

May reading list:  NEWS

  1. Freezing Order  (2022)- B. Browder 
  2. Update:  Disappointed
  3. Read if just a few hours
  4. …but most of what Browder writes about
  5. has been in the news already.
  6. Very quick read….if you’re still interested.
  7. Finished: 29.04.2022
  8. __________________

 

  1. Everything Flows (1970) – Vasily Grossman (novel)
  2. Im Schatten des Kreml (2019) Udo Lielischkies (former chef ARD-Studio Moscow)
  3. Policor in de Polder (2021)– S. Valkenberg (Dutch philospher) (Dutch political correctness )
  4. De wraak (revenge) van Poetin (2015)H. Smeets (Dutch journalist @NRC)
  5. Putin’s World (2019) – Angela Stent
  6. On ne peut pas tou dire (2022) – S. Fontanelle (cancel culture in France)

 

  1. This Will Not Pass: (03.05.2022) – J. Martin – A. Burns – READ
  2. Update:  
  3. Readable….but nothing  earthshattering.
  4. Worth reading/skimming….
  5. No real ‘bombshells’ other than the tapes
  6. we all have heard reported on in the news.
  7. Good quick scan of events March 2020 – Dec 2021
  8. …but if you read the news, nothing much new in this book!
  9. Finished: 07.05.2022
  10. ———————

 

  1. Gier, Gas und GeldJens Hovsgaard (Danish investigative reporter) – READING (28/313 pg)
  2. “Greed, gas and money” show who pulls the strings at Nordstream,
  3. who contributes to this trillion-dollar business, and
  4. how Putin’s network wants to divide the European Union and bring it under Russian control.

 

May reading list:  ART, HISTORY, LITERATURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Update:
  2. No, Cézanne didn’t slice off his ear (Van Gogh) or disappear to a Polynesian Island (Gaughin).
  3. He was content to live in his beloved L’Estasque in the south of France.
  4. His method was simple:
  5. Mont Saint-Victoire
  6. images rich vegetation contrasted with panorama’s and breathtaking skies.
  7. Still life: light, composition and perspective…a mixture of smooth surfaces of fruit (apples)
  8. decorative earthenware and table cloths draped irregularly to create a contrast.
  9. …I never knew there could be so much to see in a still life!
  10. Portraits: …there were many of his wife Hortense who always looked somber and constrained.
  11. Favourite paintings:  Vue de lac d’Anncey

Pont de Maincy

  1. Just look at  “Le Pont de Maincy” by Cézanne…
  2. This is a breathtaking painting of “verdure réfléchie dans une onde (pond) douce.”
  3. Cézanne said:
  4. “…it is not important what you paint…but HOW you paint it!”
  5. This was a beautiful book
  6. ….just 128 pages…an introduction to one of the best French painters 19thC.
  7. Finished: 04.05.2022

 

 

 

  1. Update:
  2. Excellent book to brush up on your French reading skills
  3. With many beautiful images you can learn about
  4. ….a period of art history that often forgotten!
  5. The mannerists – Le maniérisme 1520-1580- …throwing caution to the wind
  6. and rejecting the classic style of High Renaissance and plunging into
  7. the frivolousness of avant-garde art, nature and architecture!
  8. Maniérisme:
  9. Three words that are the essential for the mannerists:
  10. in painting and sculpture:
  11. contrapposto – figure standing with weight on one foot
  12. (slight curvature of the torso)
  13. serpentine – twisting, winding form
  14. sperzzatura – a certain nonchalance.
  15. …book is very interesting!
  16. Waves of art keep rolling and in 1580-1600 there came a fracture and
  17. … baroque became the ‘style of the day’.
  18. Finished: 29.04.2022
  19. ———————
26
Apr

#April: Mini reviews

 

 

  1. Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission – Y. Katz – READ
  2. Update: Excellent
  3. Major events with massive geopolitical impact are
  4. …often ‘Shadow Strikes’.
  5. We hear the news but there is SO much we don’t know.
  6. Yaakov Katz tells us how it all played out:
  7. Operation Outside the Box
  8. …was an Israeli airstrike on a suspected nuclear reactor
  9. …in the Deir ez-Zor region of Syria,
  10. …which occurred just after midnight (local time) on 6 September 2007.
  11. This book was an eye-opener! 
  12. Finished: 24.04.2022
  13. ———————–

 

  1. Les délaissés   (2020)- Thomas Porcher (non-fiction) – READ
  2. Update: book is a difficult read
  3. …but well worth the effort!
  4. Polishing my French reading skills this morning  @PorcherThomas
  5. Chapter 2 “La France de Banlieusards” is impressive
  6. …love Pocher’s insights.
  7. The man knows what he’s talking about…and it shows!
  8. He grew up in a “banlieu”…and through hard work and study
  9. …was able to become one of the best writers in France!
  10. Finished: 18.04.2022
  11. ———————–

 

  1. La Guerre des idées (2021)Eugenie Bastié (French journalist for Le Figaro) READ
  2. Update: another book that was a difficult read…in chapter 2  I had to look up
  3. 20 names, mostly French philosophers and historians.
  4. I hope all this hard work pays off as I continue my reading.
  5. Can you name 3 French philosophers?  I can.
  6. Finished: 06.04.2022
  7. ———————–

 

  1. The Age of The Strongman (2022) – G. Rachman – READ
  2. Update: Huge disappointment!
  3. Mr Rachman is an excellent writer (correspondent Financial Times
  4. but his profiles of world leaders…the “Strongmen”
  5. are just a re-hash of what we already know!
  6. #MovingOn…nothing new to see here!
  7. Finished: 12.04.2022
  8. ————————

 

  1. The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America (2018) – T. Snyder – REVIEW
  2. Update:  Excellent!!
  3. This book is worth a LONG review…see link.
  4. Finished: 10.04.2022
  5. ———————-

 

  1. The King of Warsaw – T. Szczepan – READ 
  2. Update: HUGE disappointment…waste of time!
  3. I had high hopes for this book.
  4. Rising novelist in Poland…I’m sure he had
  5. new things to tell us.
  6. Unfortunately I was wrong.
  7. It is just dirty, pre-war Warsaw…
  8. filled with cheap and exaggerated erotic and violence.
  9. There are so many good books to read
  10. …don’t waste your time with this rubbish.
  11. Finished: 23.04.2022
  12. ————————

 

  1. Tiger Girl (2020)  – P. Pascale – READ
  2. Update: HUGE disappointment
  3. I tried to snatch some reading by catching up on my poetry collections.
  4. Love the cover…but that is where the love ended.
  5. Deep mother-daughter issues..and an obsession with “leopard-gran”.
  6. Glancing back a few comments I made on the margins:
  7. “God, awful” – “This girl needs a therapist” – “Again with the grandmother….”
  8. “Who told this girl she could write”….and last but not least:
  9. “What is this girl smoking?”
  10. Believe me…there are better poets in bookstores!!
  11. Finished: 23.04.2022
  12. ———————–

 

  1. The Browning Version (1948) play – R. Rattigan – REVIEW
  2. Update:  Excellent!!
  3. This book is worth a LONG review…see link.
  4. Finished: 10.04.2022
  5. ———————-

 

  1. Tunnel 29 (2021)- H. Merriman – READ
  2. Update: HUGE disappointment
  3. Is it just me?
  4. I found this an average book
  5. …not worth 5 stars!
  6. It’s hard to dislike this book as it is to defend it.
  7. Finished: 21.04.2022
  8. ———————-

 

  1. Le fagot de ma mémoire –  (2021) S. B. Diagne – READ
  2. Update: book is a difficult read
  3. …but in this case NOT worth the effort!
  4. S. B. Diagne may be one of the 50 greatest thinkers of our time
  5. …but his memoire did not impress at all,
  6. Finished: 19.04.2022
  7. ———————-

 

25
Apr

#Eureka “I have found it!”

 

  1. I thought I was doomed to the  book blog “burn-out” bin.
  2. The war in Ukraine just upset my thinking and concentration.
  3. But my favourite poet Seamus Heaney came to my rescue!

 

 

  1. I am so impressed how the Zelenskiy and his ministers, the
  2. the Ukrainian military and most importantly the Ukrainian people
  3. …have showed me that one must “NEVER give up”!

 

 

  1. I woke up to the news that Macron won the French election
  2. …and believe me ALL Europe breathes a sigh of relief while
  3. enjoying a coffee and croissant.

 

 

  1. These events have taught no matter who deep you fall
  2. always look up and you can still see the stars.
  3. There are decades when nothing happens
  4. …and there are weeks when decades happen.
  5. I have been in my small way going through those weeks.

 

 

  1. So it is time to brush away the cobwebs in my mind
  2. and follow the advice Seamus Heaney.
  3. It’s inspirational, go for what you want to do
  4. …and throw caution to the wind!
  5. “Walk on air against your better judgememt.”

 

 

 

 

13
Apr

#Nonfiction The Road to Unfreedom

 

 

Finish date: 10 April 2022
Genre: Non-fiction (history)
Rating: AAA+++++. (ISBN: 978-1784708573
Review: The Road to Unfreedom – Tim Snyder

 

Good news:

  1. Yes, important to learn about Ukraine
  2. …but I would advise to start at the root of this problem:   Putin.
  3. Professor of history at Yale University Tim Snyder has written an eye-opening book that will
  4. ….put Putin and his quest (aka obsession) with Ukraine into perspective.
  5. This all has been planned for at least 10-15 years ago…Putin is ruthless and cunning.
  6. In “The Road to Unfreedom”…
  7. you will learn about the Russian philosopher that “guides” Putin’s thoughts and
  8. …about Putin, the man himself.
  9. Not the narrative we’ve read in other books…but the “politician of fiction”
  10. …a man who retains power by “show” elections and the illusion of democracy.
  11. It’s all fiction.

 

Personal:

  1. Excellent book!!
  2. History professor at Yale Univeritsy
  3.  …Tim Snyder reveals how much Putin was planning
  4.  for years…and we looked on with “eyes-wide-shut”!
  5. Book was written 4 years ago and it’s like
  6. reading Putin’s playbook now with regard to Ukraine.
  7. It is just scary to learn Putin made these war plans…10 years ago!
  8. I’m sure in the top meeting b/t Trump and Putin (one-on-one)
  9. …in 2018 in Helsinki where…
  10. …no notes were taken..Trump said.
  11. “Please, take Ukraine, no problemo!”
  12. #MustRead. especially now.
  13. ..during the UKR-RUS crisis!

 

 

28
Mar

#UPDATE April reading list

Dawn in The Netherlands

UPDATE: 31 March 2022

  1. I’ve completed 3 months  reading from my MountTBR2022
  2. There are 42 book reviews from  JAN-FEB-MRT 2022 
  3. ….available on my link  MONTHLY PLANNING.
  4. Now it is time to concentrate on the news.
  5. …on several non-fiction books that can help me understand
  6. what we are all witnessing on TV.

 

  1. It is difficult to describe how the Ukraine war has affected me.
  2. I wake up, shower, check Zelenskiy and then make my morning coffee.
  3. The chaos, destruction and the cruelty of war is numbing.
  4. Hardly anyone in Ukraine wants to live inside Putin’s despotic
  5. dysfunctional kleptocracy, and its people would seem to be willing
  6. to endure apocalyptic sacrifice to resist that possibility.
  7. The best news coverage is on German TV channels.
  8. Best: German TV/live blog:  ZDF.de
  9. Best: German analysis  DerWelt.de
  10. Best: APP German news/short video clips  “Tagesschau-Nachrichten”.

 

  1. I can throw my original April reading list in the bin
  2. ….plays, novels or memoirs
  3. ….just don’t cut it for me  during these historic times.
  4. I have to read more about reality, history, geopolitics.
  5. How does a country prepare itself for the threats
  6. literally on its borders?
  7. To be, or not to be….
  8. Join NATO….or not join NATO?

 

  1. Finland’s border with Russia is 1334 km.
  2. Finland was invaded by Russia  on 30 November 1939.
  3. Three months after the outbreak of World War II.
  4. The invasion ended 3,5  months later  with
  5. the Moscow Peace Treaty on 13 March 1940.
  6. Let us hope that this UKR-RUS war
  7. …will be as short-lived (…ending in  June?)

 

Reading LIST  APRIL 2022:    10/20  

 

  1. Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission – Y. Katz – READ
  2. Update: Excellent
  3. Major events with massive geopolitical impact are
  4. …often ‘Shadow Strikes’.
  5. We hear the news but there is SO much we don’t know.
  6. Yaakov Katz tells us how it all played out:
  7. Operation Outside the Box
  8. …was an Israeli airstrike on a suspected nuclear reactor
  9. …in the Deir ez-Zor region of Syria,
  10. …which occurred just after midnight (local time) on 6 September 2007.
  11. This book was an eye-opener! 
  12. Finished: 24.04.2022
  13. ———————–

 

  1. Les délaissés   (2020)- Thomas Porcher (non-fiction) – READ
  2. Update: book is a difficult read
  3. …but well worth the effort!
  4. Polishing my French reading skills this morning  @PorcherThomas
  5. Chapter 2 “La France de Banlieusards” is impressive
  6. …love Pocher’s insights.
  7. The man knows what he’s talking about…and it shows!
  8. He grew up in a “banlieu”…and through hard work and study
  9. …was able to become one of the best writers in France!
  10. Finished: 18.04.2022
  11. ———————–

 

  1. La Guerre des idées (2021)Eugenie Bastié (French journalist for Le Figaro) READ
  2. Update: another book that was a difficult read…in chapter 2  I had to look up
  3. 20 names, mostly French philosophers and historians.
  4. I hope all this hard work pays off as I continue my reading.
  5. Can you name 3 French philosophers?  I can.
  6. Finished: 06.04.2022
  7. ———————–

 

  1. The Age of The Strongman (2022) – G. Rachman – READ
  2. Update: Huge disappointment!
  3. Mr Rachman is an excellent writer (correspondent Financial Times
  4. but his profiles of world leaders…the “Strongmen”
  5. are just a re-hash of what we already know!
  6. #MovingOn…nothing new to see here!
  7. Finished: 12.04.2022
  8. ————————

 

  1. The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America (2018) – T. Snyder – REVIEW
  2. Update:  Excellent!!
  3. This book is worth a LONG review…see link.
  4. Finished: 10.04.2022
  5. ———————-

 

  1. The King of Warsaw – T. Szczepan – READ 
  2. Update: HUGE disappointment…waste of time!
  3. I had high hopes for this book.
  4. Rising novelist in Poland…I’m sure he had
  5. new things to tell us.
  6. Unfortunately I was wrong.
  7. It is just dirty, pre-war Warsaw…
  8. filled with cheap and exaggerated erotic and violence.
  9. There are so many good books to read
  10. …don’t waste your time with this rubbish.
  11. Finished: 23.04.2022
  12. ————————

 

  1. Tiger Girl (2020)  – P. Pascale – READ
  2. Update: HUGE disappointment
  3. I tried to snatch some reading by catching up on my poetry collections.
  4. Love the cover…but that is where the love ended.
  5. Deep mother-daughter issues..and an obsession with “leopard-gran”.
  6. Glancing back a few comments I made on the margins:
  7. “God, awful” – “This girl needs a therapist” – “Again with the grandmother….”
  8. “Who told this girl she could write”….and last but not least:
  9. “What is this girl smoking?”
  10. Believe me…there are better poets in bookend!!
  11. Finished: 23.04.2022
  12. ———————–

 

  1. The Browning Version (1948) play – R. Rattigan – REVIEW
  2. Update:  Excellent!!
  3. This book is worth a LONG review…see link.
  4. Finished: 10.04.2022
  5. ———————-

 

  1. Tunnel 29 (2021)- H. Merriman – READ
  2. Update: HUGE disappointment
  3. Is it just me?
  4. I found this an average book
  5. …not worth 5 stars!
  6. It’s hard to dislike this book as it is to defend it.
  7. Finished: 21.04.2022
  8. ———————-

 

  1. Le fagot de ma mémoire –  (2021) S. B. Diagne – READ
  2. Update: book is a difficult read
  3. …but in this case NOT worth the effort!
  4. S. B. Diagne may be one of the 50 greatest thinkers of our time
  5. …but his memoire did not impress at all,
  6. Finished: 19.04.2022
  7. ———————-

 

Update: 23.04.2022

  1. Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission Y. Katz – READ
  2. The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America (2018) – T. Snyder – REVIEW
  3. Tunnel 29: Love, Espionage and Betrayal (2021)H. Merriman  (British journalist) – READ
  4. Tiger Girl (2020)  – P. Pascale – READ
  5. Le fagot de ma mémoire –  (2021) S. B. Diagne  – READ
  6. Les délaissés   (2020)- Thomas Porcher (non-fiction) – READ
  7. The Browning Version (1948) play – R. Rattigan – REVIEW
  8. The King of Warsaw – T. Szczepan – READ 
  9. The Age of The Strongman (2022) – G. Rachman – READ
  10. La Guerre des idées (2021)Eugenie Bastié (French journalist for Le Figaro) READ

 

  1. Policor in de Polder – S. Valkenberg (Dutch philospher) (learn more about Dutch political correctness )
  2. De wraak (revenge) van Poetin (2015) – H. Smeets (Dutch journalist @NRC)
  3. Atoms and Ashes: Global History Nuclear Disasters (2022)S. Plokhiy (History prof Harvard)
  4. The Apogee (1992) J. J. Norwich (Medieval European history)
  5. Le maniérisme (2004) P. Falguières (…need a little art history!)
  6. Everything Flows (1970) – Vasily Grossman (novel)
  7. Le musée, histoire mondiale vol 1 (2020) K. Pomain (winner Grand Prix Gobert for historia work 2020)
  8. Im Schatten des Kreml (2019)Udo Lielischkies (former chef ARD-Studio Moscow)
  9. Deutsche Krieger (2020) Sönke Meitzel (German historian)
  10. Easternisation (2016) – G. Rachman (British chief foreign affairs Financial Times)