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The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe
The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe
by Ĭokhanan Petrovskiĭ-Shtern
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ukrainian times only, March 8, 2015
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The author has obviously done massive research and has given a detailed listing of anecdotes which are 'integrated' into some substantial picture of the functioning of the Shtetl in Ukraine. The work may touch on Poland, but really only deals with this only in a small part. It really has no documentation of much in Poland that was under 'Galician'-Austrian domain and is not primarily dealing with the Russian areas of occupied Poland directly.
The work is more Academic, which is not bad in itself, but the flow of the work is far from conversational and is clearly more formal and a bit more of a labor to work through than it might have been. At the same time it gives elements to the function of the Shtetl, but never really achieves a unified flavor of its function so much as some view of various faces it would seem to have presented.
It is a truly difficult business to show daily life with the superimposed monotony of routine and the various fractions within and between ethnic groups in an area as well as the competitions between such areas. The author clearly achieves some picture of Imperial Russia as it altered both its leadership and the attitudes and practices applied to the administration of its territories. The results were mostly for the worse. Similar explorations of Austrian Galicia by Wolff (The Idea of Galicia) does not really address the Shtetl within it.
A weakness is the rather superficial dealing with the Synagogue itself. A brief perusal of Hubka's Resplendant Synogogue would be very beneficial here. The form and structure of this religious center for the community might not justify as much attention as has been given in Hubka's work, but nor should its structure have been of such minimal attention either. It strikes me that there is a major failing in this respect here. This is perhaps due to a lack of materials such as those available to Hubka. It would still have been desirable to use that equivalent information, even if brought in from without of the studied communities and surrounding country.


Tick-Borne Diseases of Humans
Tick-Borne Diseases of Humans
by Jesse L. Goodman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars After the bite...., January 18, 2015
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The work success with a general complete exposition of both the Tick as an organism of its own, as a vector and as a member of an ecology. The work is likely too technical for broad consumption, but is an excellent review for those in Epidemiology and Infectious Disease, perhaps those dealing with Wilderness Medicine as well as the occasional ER or Primary Care Physician. I am unsure to what extent Acarologists or Entymologists need a work such as this, but they are welcome to peruse it.


Evolution, 3rd Edition
Evolution, 3rd Edition
by Mark Ridley
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars I believe that this work gives quite a good survey to the discipline, January 18, 2015
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This review is from: Evolution, 3rd Edition (Paperback)
Textbooks are always to be seen as works in progress. New material may be incorporated later. New ideas may replace older ones. There is a question of how much to leave out or what is to be included. Is some material a bit too esoteric? Can the material be presented without pandering to the less-informed, with a long section of basics?
I believe that this work gives quite a good survey to the discipline, basics and advanced, with many examples and a good degree of useful asides and illustrations. I have not evaluated the Questions section as well, not using this in the way of course material.


Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare should have approved this, January 18, 2015
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Good pacing. Good comedy. An interesting low-keyed perspective on the play. Whether Shakepeare would have approved of updated and transferred locales is something we shall never know. Yet, the play has no such compromise in the use of language and in no way suffers from the translation, this bringing an immediacy to the material for a younger generation.


The Radetzky March (Works of Joseph Roth)
The Radetzky March (Works of Joseph Roth)
by Joseph Roth
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book and its sequel are classics of Central European ..., January 18, 2015
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This book and its sequel are classics of Central European historical fiction. I cannot say enough about the work other than to state that it languishes in a shadow of which it does not deserve to be inhabiting. It is possible to see both the apogee of a family and its fall, the latter accompanying the fall of an Empire that has largely preceded it in the timing of its decent.


The Book of Ebenezer Le Page (New York Review Books Classics)
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page (New York Review Books Classics)
by G. B. Edwards
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The work is original and never stops to the mundane or boring. It sustains interest with surprising turns of events ..., January 18, 2015
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A work of a biographical flair that relates much about the Channel Islands in a very hurmorous manner. The work is original and never stops to the mundane or boring. It sustains interest with surprising turns of events that never seem contrived. Unique and worthwhile.


The Go-Between (New York Review Books Classics)
The Go-Between (New York Review Books Classics)
by L. P. Hartley
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hartley does things in a differnt and perfectly unique manner that should be enjoyed by anybody desirous of a good read, January 18, 2015
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I am surprised that I had not reviewed this work earlier. It moved along quite well and presented a memoir or quasi-memoir of an Edwardian England seen from the vantage of a briefly-privileged young man, given access to an upper class and given some task that betrayed him as much as he betrayed it.
The work is both, then, a work about maturing as well as about class differences. The work also is about perspectives. It shows the perspective not only of the younger male in society a bit elevated above his station, but also of the grown man who was that young male, now re-experiencing the same events, but with a more informed eye and with a rather different sensibility.
The mainly levels that the work can take include the quasi-reflective past of a Proust (not that the author is a Proust) and a quasi-evocation of class differences in a Social Comedy with subtexts of communications between the characters which show possible multiple undertones. Again, the work is in the latter sense a bit beholding to a work such as Austen's Mansfield Park, though it is certainly nowhere near Austen. Touching on aspects of both Proust and Austen qualities-at least up to a very limited degree-the work presents a very original and satisfying read.
The initial line of the work sets the tone: "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."
Mr. Hartley does things in a differnt and perfectly unique manner that should be enjoyed by anybody desirous of a good read!


Belchamber (New York Review Books Classics)
Belchamber (New York Review Books Classics)
by Howard Overing Sturgis
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars a plodding progression from bad to worse in a manner that is entertaining, January 18, 2015
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The work is meant to be a bit oppressive to the reader, akin to some of the works of Hardy. It is well written, a plodding progression from bad to worse in a manner that is entertaining, if not a bit difficult for my reading to press on. The book may be less light-hearted than many would chose to consider reading. I do believe that, while being hardly up to the ability to create such a work, it might have been perhaps edited a bit more tightly to improve its pacing. To my taste, poor though it might be, the book plods along at times, needlessly slowly.


From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
by Sean M. Carroll
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic time gets a bit murky, January 18, 2015
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Mr. Carroll writes lucidly, if not as well as Kip Thorne in his book on Black Holes.
Time is indeed problematic. The work, devoted to something we experience is a very easy and yet hard thing to describe. He approaches it on many planes that involve physics.
If I were asked how to define time most simply, I would say that it is the measure of duration by which we can understand the progression of our life and of the succession of generations before and after us. This is undoubtedly something that could not be challenged, but would not give any physical meaning to time. Since Einstein, time has been seen as relative, a piece of Spacetime, passing differently to different observers at situations of higher velocities. In the use of Cosmological time, the subject goes from the meaning that I have stated, understood by nearly all, to something quite a bit more bizarre and perhaps esoteric.
Many may not be interested in the application of a deeper meaning to time. The book needs to wax philosophical in the grand tradition of Natural Philosophy, and I can appreciate that.
Seen from the perspective of Cosmological time, we are still dealing with something that is yet beyond a full ability to describe. Time does some bizarre things once seen from a galactic, if not a multi-verse perspective. Bringing up these questions is important. Having some absolute Time is impossible. I suspect that having some absolute concept of Time, as versus the time we use to do things (perhaps to read this review) is is perhaps not ever to be achieved to the full satisfaction of any theorist.


Yankel's Tavern: Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland
Yankel's Tavern: Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland
by Glenn Dynner
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars For now it is a bit dull in many spots, January 18, 2015
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The work has no peer. For now it is a bit dull in many spots. There is some redundancy and it might have been better to focus on like forms of local or regional attempts to work about otherwise enforced regulations or laws in different periods and then summarize the history, referring back to a cited instance. There is a pattern there that is seen once and again and one feels that the Eighteenth and then the Nineteenth Century one lands yet again in a similar rut along the road. Still, with that reservation, the author makes a point that Jews provide reliable middlemen for the local lords and that with heads turned away from them, the Jews earned some substantial monies and status as providers of libation as well as lodging. To the extent that this has been previously ignored, the work is worthwhile. It is not terribly lengthy, but I suspect that it could have been cut by a quarter, or nearly so, with tight editing.


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