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Review: "The Stranger," by Albert Camus

January 1, 2014

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The information in this book is rare and unique. These four lads came from Liverpool; a miserable sea port that had nothing to offer a group of kids wanting to succeed in Rock 'n' Roll. Yet they were so determined that they went to Hamburg in order to develop their craft. After being kicked out of Germany (George was still a minor), they returned to Liverpool, still determined to make a go of it. They had talent, but were crude. Brian Epstein polished them up, and George Martin changed them from sounding like a garage band to that of a professional ensemble. The authors reveal things that went on that are almost unbelievable. After reading this book, you will come to know each of them eve...

June 10, 2016

Try to imagine surviving at a hard labor prison camp with temperatures -40F. for 10 years. You work from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, and eat the same thing day after day-- "bread" that is made out of grass, a thin gruel made with fish heads and whatever vegetables that are available. "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" tells what a typical day is like. North Korea has the exact same system. One of the most disturbing books you will ever read, but you will be glad you read it.

Inside Special Education -- Two Decades in the Snake Pit is a non-fiction book that reads almost like a novel. It contains valuable information about teaching and the public school system, and contains many unbelievable horror stories. If this book should ever hit the mainstream media, it would be scandalous. Fascinating & a worthwhile read.

January 1, 2014

LIFE AIN'T KIND is an existentialistic novel about the perilous journey of a young college grad who hopes to become a concert violinist.Thinking that life is simply about making the right choices, Nathan Cosgray ultimately finds himself in deep trouble. Hisroommate and best friend, Phil Feingold, is about 20 years his senior and teaches Nat many important survival skills. However, their friendship sours after Phil's son, Karl, gets arrested for murder. Ironically, Nat himself finds himself finds himself in a heap of trouble for a crime he didn't commit. As Nat's world appears to crumble, he falls in love with a beautiful Creole woman named Dianah. Through their relationship all of his tro...

January 1, 2014

There is a direct parallel from "The Stranger" to "Life Ain't Kind". What you think is inconsequential or insignificant may be viewed by others as damning evidence to the contrary. Just when you think nobody's paying attention and nobody cares, everybody's paying attention and damning you. If a man fails to cry at his mother's funeral, he is likely to be perceived as being amoral. In "The Stranger", a man loses his head because of his lack of emotions.

January 1, 2014

J. D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" is a very simple story about a misfit with such a horrible attitude about life that he ends up in the psycho ward. This is a very depressing book about a misanthrope whose bitter, cynical attitude about life becomes self-destructive. Holden Caulfield's main appeal is that he's bluntly honest about himself. He admits that he's a liar. He admits that he's hopelessly lonely and wishes he were dead. A lot of what Holden says may actually sound appealing. He is observant, philosophical, and whimsical. He even has a soft, compassionate side. Instead of being a hero, Holden Caulfield comes to realize that he is nothing but a loser. The only way a loser c...

May 1, 2013

Harpo Speaks! is one of the most fascinating books you'll ever read. Born in 1888, Aldolph Marx grew up in New York City with 4 brothers who were vastly different from one another. The Marx's were very poor, yet they had a mother who was rich in ideas. She took them on the road and got them into show business. Harpo, by the way, had but a 2nd grade education, yet he hobnobbed with such intellectuals as George Bernard Shaw, and was a member of the Algonquin Round Table. He was also a very dear friend of Oscar Levant. There are several parallels between "Life Ain't Kind" and "Harpo Speaks!" After all, Harpo's greatest love was music.

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best hitler book YOU'LL ever read 

John Toland's book is unique and authentic, because he got much of his information from the original sources. He knew Leni Rifensthl, the woman who made Triumph of the Will, as well as other propaganda films. He knew Hitler's secretaries and adjutants.

Toland exposes Hitler for what he was; a madman of the times. Yet, Hitler did have a specious human side. He was a talented artist and avid listener of Bruckner and Wagner. 

Some of Tolands anecdotes are actually amusing, like the time Hitler complemented on a particular recipe and inquired what was in it. Martin Bormann immediately left the table and returned about an hour later. Clicking his heals and saluting, he announced, "Mein Fuhrer, the ingredients of the sauce is..." Even Hitler himself was a bit flabbergasted by Bormann's response.

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