Reviews 2016


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This page features a variety of types of review, including some longer ones for particular books. The thumbnail reviews are a very personal way for me to formulate my response to a book that I’ve just read. They have proved to be quite popular on Facebook, so I reproduce them here. Please note that they are not in any way intended to be formal judgments; they’re merely my immediate reactions. Star ratings are on a five-point scale, except for The Tale of Genji and Persuasion, which always receive six each time I read them. 

Building a Library 2016: The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

 

Review #1 The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley
Review #2 A Shy and Simple Warrior by R. H. Parr Buy at Amazon
Review #5 Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

 

2016 Thumbnail Review #1 The Gossamer Years (Kagero Nikki)
2016 Thumbnail Review #2 Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
2016 Thumbnail Review #3 Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
2016 Thumbnail Review #4 The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (tr. Washburn)
2016 Thumbnail Review #5 Neuromancer by William Gibson
2016 Thumbnail Review #6 The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
2016 Thumbnail Review #7 The Green Road by Anne Enright
2016 Thumbnail Review #8 The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud
2016 Thumbnail Review #9 The Outsider by Albert Camus
2016 Thumbnail Review #10 England and Other Stories by Graham Swift
2016 Thumbnail Review #11 After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry
2016 Thumbnail Review #12 The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
2016 Thumbnail Review #13 The Day of the Scorpion by Paul Scott
2016 Thumbnail Review #14 Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
2016 Thumbnail Review #15 The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
2016 Thumbnail Review #16 The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas
2016 Thumbnail Review #17 The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
2016 Thumbnail Review #18 Wings Over France by Harold E Hartney/Fighting the Flying Circus by Edward V Rickenbacker