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AustenToZafon

Austen to Zafón

Reading widely since 1972.

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A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa - Nicholas Drayson A review on the back of the book jacket states "a sort of P.G. Wodehouse meets Alexander McCall Smith." I do see their point, but I felt this was more than just a sort of comedy of manners or errors. The main character is a kind, good man, similar to JLB Maketoni in "No 1 Ladie's Detective Agency." As in Wodehouse, the main character belongs to a men's club (for men of Indian descent), where certain rules are upheld and the men get up to silly bets and gossip. But underneath that surface, there is a lot more going on. While keeping the tone light, Drayson manages to introduce many African issues and debunk stereotypes that most of us Westerners have about Africa. The story isn't tragic or depressing, and yet it made me think about the ways in which powerful nations minimize or exaggerate the issues of 2nd and 3rd world countries for their own benefit.