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Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour
Prix : EUR 8,22

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Americans in War-Torn Britain, 29 juin 2014
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A detailed and fascinating work on the Americans who lived in London before, during and after the Blitz and played important roles there during World War II. The three main protagonists are Edward R. Murray a BBC broadcaster, John Gilbert Winant US ambassador to Britain and Averell Harriman who played different roles as a liaison between the US Government and the British. Also Churchill's changing relationship with Roosevelt is described in detail. Apart from the well-known names such as Eisenhower and de Gaulle, ordinary G.I.s and ordinary British people also shed a light on the love/hate relationships between Americans and the British. Amorous affairs flourish in the frenetic atmosphere of war-time London. England, in fact, is invaded, not by the German army as Hitler had hoped, but by the thousands of G.I.s who landed in Britain to prepare for D Day.
Well documented and fast paced this book is a must for anyone interested in World War II and the successes and strains between the allies preparing for the invasion of France and for the final victory over Germany.


Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit
Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit
Prix : EUR 9,99

4.0 étoiles sur 5 La nuit, 10 juin 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit (Format Kindle)
C'est un très beau livre écrit avec beaucoup d'émotion et de sincérité. C'est évidemment l'histoire de la mère de l'écrivain et de sa nombreuse fratrie, et c'est aussi l'histoire d'un écrivain en prise avec les difficulties de sa création et de sa vie personnelle. Le problème d'un abus sexuel est abordé avec beaucoup de delicatesse tout en laissant le lecteur un peu dans le flou.

Je recommende ce livre aux lecteurs qui aiment suivre les sentiments contradictoires d'amour et d'exaspération des enfants envers leurs parents, surtout quand leurs parents souffrent de maladie mentale.


Le dragon du Trocadéro
Le dragon du Trocadéro
Prix : EUR 11,99

2.0 étoiles sur 5 Lecture difficile, 10 juin 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Le dragon du Trocadéro (Format Kindle)
Je ne peux pas recommender ce livre car je ne l'ai pas terminé. Je voulais m'accrocher mais j'ai trouvé l'argot et la multitude d'expressions familières une barrière à la compréhension du texte. Aussi les personnages et l'action ne m'ont pas emballé.

Un autre lecteur n'aura peut-être pas la même réaction. Je dois préciser que le français, que je mâitrise bien, n'est pas ma première langue.


The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
par Doris Kearns Goodwin
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 15,91

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Two Presidents and the Era of Reform, 11 mai 2014
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This unusually long book (750 pages) never lost my interest, always kept me absorbed, was never tedious in spite of detailed descriptions of public and private life during Theodore Roosevelt's and William Howard Taft's presidencies. I had already read several books on Theodore Roosevelt who is such a colorful figure, but knew little about William Howard Taft who comes alive in these pages as a benign and friendly character almost pushed into a presidential role which he did not feel was suitable for him. As for the great friendship between the two men, like all political friendships, it was doomed to end when personal ambitions took over.
Wives, children, brothers and friends are delineated to round out the portraits and actions of the two presidents and of course the
press also plays a big role in the book and is instrumental in rousing public opinion and pushing through legislation to overthrow the trusts, to attack the bosses and their political power and to try to rid the US of corruption at all levels of politics.
Any reader interested in the politics of the United States and particularly in that period will not be disappointed on reading this book. Also, I couldn't help thinking how much light it also throws on the problems facing the United States today, problems of inequality, of the role of money in elections, the changing roles of women, problems of racism in the Philippines...
To sum up: totally engrossing!


The Perpetual Orgy: Flaubert and Madame Bovary
The Perpetual Orgy: Flaubert and Madame Bovary
Prix : EUR 6,99

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Analyse amoureuse de Madame Bovary, 23 juin 2013
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The Perpetual Orgy: Flaubert and Madame Bovary (Format Kindle)
Voici un livre passionant et passioné sur Madame Bovary, le personnage et le livre, écrit pour les lecteurs qui connaissent déjà le livre de Flaubert et pour ceux qui ne le connaissent pas encore. Vargas Llosa analyse le livre en tant qu'écrivain et en tant que lecteur passioné de Flaubert. Il se donne trois directives dans son analyse: D'abord il va parler de lui-même, ses goûts littéraires, et comment il a rencontré le livre pour la première fois et quel effect il a eu sur lui. Ensuite vient l'analyse du livre, de Emma et sa psychologie, des autres personnages, des nouveautés stylistiques et l'approche de Flaubert. Ensuite, dans la dernière partie Vargas Llosa décrit l'influence qu'a eu ce livre sur les écrivains qui suivent Flaubert et comment Madame Bovary mène à la naissance du roman moderne avec des écrivains comme Joyce, Proust, Virgina Woolf qui essayent tous d'analyser les profondeurs de l'inconscient et les pensées de leurs personnages. Le lecteur de The Perpetual Orgy a donc le plaisir de revivre le roman de Flaubert et de voir l'influence qu'il a eu sur la littérature moderne dans tous les continents.
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Back Care Basics: A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Program for Back and Neck Pain Relief
Back Care Basics: A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Program for Back and Neck Pain Relief
par William Conner
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 17,28

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Help for Backaches, 21 mai 2013
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This book is aimed at anyone (in other words everyone) who has suffered from back or neck aches. It is written by a doctor who studied under the founder of Iyengar Yoga and who cured her own back troubles as a result. As the title indicates it is a gentle approach which can be followed without fear of injury as the instructions are very clear and progressive and the photographs excellent. It is an adaptation of Hatha Yoga which is perhaps better known and uses props to help the person reach postures that would otherwise be too difficult to achieve. Inverted poses and forward and backward bending poses are not included as they are considered possible causes of injury. No doubt with practice one could eventually attempt those postures , but you will not find them in this book. This is a very good book for beginners and also for more advanced students who want to ease certain aches and pains in their bodies, or who are returning to exercise after an injury.


Grammaire des immeubles parisiens : Six siècles de façades du Moyen Age à nos jours
Grammaire des immeubles parisiens : Six siècles de façades du Moyen Age à nos jours
par Claude Mignot
Edition : Broché

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Paris sous un autre oeil, 21 mai 2013
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J'ai acheté ce livre il y a quelques années et je continue à l'offrir en cadeau à mes amis tant il est passionant et intéressant. Les façades de Paris n'auront plus de mystères pour le lecteur et il verra la ville avec de nouveaux yeux. Les nombreuses photos qui accompagnent le texte montrent les changements de style dans Paris pendant six siècles et font que le promeneur peut étudier et apprécier toutes les variations de l'architecture parisienne. Cette "Grammaire des immeubles parisiens" est une leçon de grammaire vivante et enthousiamante. Je le recommande chaudement.


Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit
Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit
Prix : EUR 5,20

3.0 étoiles sur 5 We all lie, luckily!, 19 mai 2013
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit (Format Kindle)
This is a book which I did not think would be terribly interesting and which turned out to be informative and engrossing. We learn a lot about ourselves and other people, about children, about interactions in society.
Ian Leslie enlarges the subject of lying to include self-deceptions of all kinds and brings in numerous references and quotations on the subject. As a result the narrow subject of lying is enlarged to include most human relationships, sometimes humorous and always provocative. Since we all lie and have to continue lying to live in society, I recommend this book.


The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations
The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations
Prix : EUR 7,16

4.0 étoiles sur 5 If Music Be the Food of Love..., 19 mai 2013
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A great read, interesting, informative and uplifting. The great love affair in this book is the love of music which is symbolized by the piano which the young girl and her mother own and which plays a role in the development of the story and of the character of Zhu, the protagonist. We also learn a lot about youthful attitudes and events during the Mao years, the camps, the hardships and the resilience of the young girl caught up in the brutalities of the regime. Maturity came with leaving the camp, facing the illusions she had lived with about the political situation and her continuing ambition to become an acclaimed musician.
We can only marvel at the strength of human nature and the ability to overcome physical and mental violence and reach peace within oneself.


Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas
Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas
Prix : EUR 7,02

3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Tragic End, 19 mai 2013
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas (Format Kindle)
This book describes the well known period before World War I even though the poet Edward Thomas may be unknown to most readers. Many characters in the book became famous later and it is interesting to watch their progress as poets in the pre-war years in England. Edward Thomas came to poetry late in his short life which was a continuous struggle between being a family man and an egoistical talented writer. I must admit that I became very irritated with the way he treated his wife and children, going off for long periods alone and neglecting them, but perhaps his poetic temperament unsuited him to family life and making a living. From the first pages we learn that his life will end tragically early in the war and that knowledge gives the narrative a tragic color since we know, and he does not know, how his life will end.


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