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Slipless in Settle: A Slow Turn Around Northern Cricket
Slipless in Settle: A Slow Turn Around Northern Cricket

4.0 out of 5 stars Pearson is a damned funny writer -- smart, September 12, 2014
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Pearson is a damned funny writer -- smart, self-deprecating in an amiable way -- and underneath the laughs he has an excellent eye and ear for the serious stuff. This is a consistently entertaining look not just at the cricket in the north of England, but also at the cultural differences that divide the country horizontally.


Don't Touch the Nuts: And Other Unwritten Rules of the British Pub
Don't Touch the Nuts: And Other Unwritten Rules of the British Pub
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3.0 out of 5 stars A quick and amiable guide to pub etiquette, December 31, 2011
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If you are planning a trip to the UK anytime soon and expect to do some serious boozing, this brief introduction to pub behavior will be useful. Despite his serious journalistic credentials, author Ford plays the subject for fairly easy laughs. That's not to say it's not funny -- it definitely is -- but a lot of the material is drawn from the b-list. Still, this is a breezy and generally informative guide, with a few slyly delivered sociological insights tucked away amidst the guffaws.
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Guadalajara
Guadalajara

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Humor, Cheerfully Dispensed, December 31, 2011
This review is from: Guadalajara (Kindle Edition)
This collection of short stories by Catalan author Monzo works a series of deft variations on familiar literary themes, reversing old tales (Robin Hood is so good at robbing from the rich that he creates new classes of rich and poor, to his embarrassment), or working clever plays off vaguely horrific but darkly funny situations. The tone is coolly detached, and the stories probably shouldn't be devoured at a single sitting, although it is a temptation.


The Mighty Angel
The Mighty Angel

5.0 out of 5 stars Splendidly sad-funny novel, December 26, 2011
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Just finished this novel by by Polish writer Jerzy Pilch. It's the second book of his I've read (A Thousand Peaceful Cities was the other one) and he's really splendid. Very funny and painful stuff about the urge to innoculate oneself against the disappointments of post-Communist life with large quantities of cheap vodka, the difficulty of connecting to other people (especially through an alcoholic haze) and a vivid portrait of the kind of dreamers and losers who survived the Communist period through sheer dumb luck. He has a rather nice line of tongue-in-cheek magical realism that punctures its own potential for pomposity, and more than a little of kind of absurdist humor that thrived during the post-war years (Vaclav Havel, RIP). Major kudos to Open Letter books for making Pilch's work available in the States in English.


The New Arab Revolt: What Happened, What It Means, and What Comes Next
The New Arab Revolt: What Happened, What It Means, and What Comes Next
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid, comprehensive and balanced, May 21, 2011
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Given the speed with which the situation has continued changing in Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria and the remainder of the Arab world, it is inevitable that any book covering the events there will be outdated even as it is being written. This volume, which is astute and admirably balanced, will be of value for some time to come, though, in no small part because of its compendiousness. By focussing a lot of its attention on the public record and turning to long-time observers of the region, The New Arab Revolt guarantees that it will continue to be useful to both specialists and general readers for some time to come.


The Essential Klezmer
The Essential Klezmer
by Seth Rogovoy
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to buy!, July 11, 2000
This review is from: The Essential Klezmer (Paperback)
I'm not entirely unbiased -- Seth has generously praised my most recent book -- but as someone who writes on Jewish music regularly for several papers, I can honestly say that this is the book on klezmer to start with. Seth's ecumenical, eclectic taste and balanced view of the current scene make him a superb tour guide for either a first-time visitor or an old klezmer hand. As a working music journalist, he has interviewed all the key figures in this music -- even the notoriously reclusive John Zorn -- and clearly he has asked the right questions, because his chapters on recent music are insightful and zesty. And the book's lengthy critical discography makes it an indispensable guide for the listener and record buyer.


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