Tag Archives: 20th century

Another excellent reason to live to one hundred

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Gloriously absurd and implausible, with a charmingly diffident hero who manages to bumble through the twentieth century, from one major … Continue reading

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The language of wit, not of hate

So This Is Depravity and Other Observations by Russell Baker My rating: 5 of 5 stars It was in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election that I first, all unwitting, encountered the phenomenon of American political commentary in all … Continue reading

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A book not to be judged by its cover

Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is a complete surprise. Its title is at once misleading and accurate: one might easily expect Burden of Desire to be third-rate lightweight romantic escapism for … Continue reading

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