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German Boy: A Child in War
German Boy: A Child in War
by Wolfgang W. E. Samuel
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.78
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinarily honest, senstive, and moving book., January 17, 2010
I am a Canadian of German descent and members of the older generations of my family have told me many stories like the ones told by the author. This book therefore rings very true with me and moves me on a personal level. At the same time this book also "works" on a literary level. This is because the struggles of the author as a boy amount to an extraordinary odyssey; a compelling adventure that is truly and universally powerful and moving.

The Island That Dared: Journeys in Cuba
The Island That Dared: Journeys in Cuba
by Dervla Murphy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $43.48
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Travelogue or first year political science essay?, January 17, 2010
Imagine a travelguide about Chicago that spent as much time defending George Bush's foreign policy as it did describing skyscrapers, written not by an American or a person with any kind of expertise in diplomacy but a shoemaker from Bulgaria who has no personal connection with America whatsoever. Or a travel book about Ireland that included lengthy glowing discourses about the I.R.A.'s heroic struggle against British colonialism, written by a Peruvian aristocrat. The author's frequent forays into pro-Castro propaganda makes for very heavy slogging, mind wandering, and head scratching: Why on earth does this basically sweet and sincere Irish grandmother spend so many pages of this book writing what comes across like a freshman year polemic defending Castro's regime? It doesn't work as travelogue; it doesn't work as political science, and it is likely to offend individuals who have suffered under any kind of totalitarian government. A very odd duck of a book.
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