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Book Review: John Leake’s Cold a Long Time

Book Review: John Leake’s Cold a Long Time

A Cover-Up in the Alps Three years ago, Vienna writer John Leake took a call from Bob and Lynda MacPherson. They told of the disappearance of their son, Duncan, and their frustrating, 20-year search to find out what happened to him. It was a Kafkaesque tale of bureaucratic obfuscation and obstruction that cost two more […]

Book Review: J.G. Ballard’s Cocaine Nights

Addicted to Cocaine Nights Many writers of the past century have expressed anxiety over people of the future breaking from natural human values and slumping into a man-made hell. Whether it’s the all consuming terror of Big Brother thought control in Orwell’s 1984 or the conditioned reality where a wonder drug called Soma substitutes emotion […]

Book Review: The Reader (Der Vorleser) by Bernhard Schlink

Book Review: The Reader (Der Vorleser) by Bernhard Schlink

The Reader’s Roots The overwhelming, Oscar-promoted success of The Reader (Der Vorleser) came as no real surprise to those who had read Bernhard Schlink’s remarkable novel, either in its German original or in any one of the 39 languages into which it has been translated. Published in 1995, it attained proverbial overnight-acclaim, winning the WELT […]

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