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The Proper(?) Imposition of Words: Iain Pears’ An Instance of the Fingerpost

Pears, Iain. An Instance of the Fingerpost. [1997] Vintage, 1998. I can’t believe it’s twenty years since I first read this novel. Trite phrases about the passing of time come easily to mind. The novel pleased me then. It pleased … Continue reading

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Catalysts for Thought: Armstrong’s Islam and Dershowitz’s The Case for Israel

Armstrong, Karen. Islam: A Short History. 2000. Rev. and Updated. Modern Library 2002. Dershowitz, Alan. The Case for Israel. Wiley. 2003. E-book. I read these two books in partial preparation for the trip I took earlier in the fall and found them both … Continue reading

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The Pity of Shadows: John Le Carré’s A Legacy of Spies

Le Carré, John. A Legacy of Spies.Viking, 2017.  A lot of us would agree, no doubt, that John Le Carré’s novels set in the cold war are some of his best, and, perhaps, you are like me in regretting the … Continue reading

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Ethics of Memory: Tom Segev’s Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends

Segev, Tom. Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends. Trans. Ronnie Hope. Doubleday, 2010. Excluding the acknowledgements and detailed notes, this book takes 409 pages. At times, as is often the case with biographies, the book felt like a mere listing … Continue reading

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Deciphering Freedom: Sarah Bakewell’s At The Existentialist Café

Bakewell, Sarah. At The Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails. Knopf Canada,  2016. How I wish Sarah Bakewell had been my Philosophy professor when I began my undergraduate career. How I wish she’d been around to talk to when … Continue reading

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The Promethean Legacy: Harari’s Sapiens

Harari. Yuval Noah. Sapiens. A Brief History of Human Kind. [Kinneret 2011] Trans. Yuval Noah Harari. Toronto: Signal-McClelland & Stewart, 2014. Whether you are optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the planet and of the survival of humankind upon it, … Continue reading

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An Unfinished Journey: Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. Toronto: Doubleday, 2016. This is an extremely disturbing novel for several reasons. First is its subject matter and second is what Whitehead does with his story. The Underground Railroad is more than merely the tale of one … Continue reading

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