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Readers of London Review of Books are not only interested in books, but the culture that creates them. Reviews often discuss the entire topic of the book, not only critique its quality. The book's influence and place in society is also discussed in a lively manner.

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Subscription Length: 1 year
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  • Publisher: Pro Circ
  • ASIN: B00005N7XF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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117 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Not For Everyone November 13, 2006
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Those arriving at this Amazon page doubtless have some interest in books. In reading the reviews I note some disappointment with the contents of the London Review. Maybe if I provide a brief summary of one issue you can decide whether or not this is the book mazazine for you.

About fifty percent of the contributors to a current issue are PhD academics.
Here is a sampling of the articles in this issue:
1. Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870 to 1918.
2. A University of Chicago philosophy professor explores philosopher Alisdair McIntyre's conceps of truth and ethics as found in the recently released 2 volumes of McIntyres essays.
3. A review of Kostal's book "A Jurisprudence of Power:Victorian Empire and the Rule of Law".

You like fiction? In this issue you'll find reviews of the books of novelists Edward St. Aubyn, and M.J. Hyland. There is also an article about the German author Gunter Grass who reveals in a book that he was a member of the Waffen SS during WWII. Unfamiliar authors? For me too (except for Gunter Grass). Next month though they will be reviewing American author Richard Ford's new novel. Now him I know.

Rather than write a review of glowing praise or bleak condemnation I thought it best to simply tell you what's in it, and let you make up your own mind if this is the kind of book magazine you would like to read. Like the New York Review of Books you'll find a variety of articles that aren't about a book at all, and some books that are reviewed merely serve as a Hitchockian mcguffin for the reviewer to expand at length his opinions about the subject of the book.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best literary review in the world today February 21, 2005
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The London Review of Books is simply the best generalist journal on topics of literature, the arts, culture, history, politics, philosophy published in the world today--it now beats the NY Review of Books in terms of giving you the full picture and leaves the TLS back in the dust. If you want to get your bearings in the world of culture and politics, this is must reading.

Denis Jonnes

Washington D. C./Kitakyushu, Japan
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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I love this journal. The way they review books is like no other book review page or magazine I've ever read. I find that by reading these articles we can as Americans involved in the world of ideas understand European thinking. Either way I'm renewing next year!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but... October 29, 2010
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I love books, and I read a great deal. The LROB is the standard for reviewing (as well as NYROB). It's oversized and made of newsprint, and ships in a plastic sleeve...a big deal as the NYROB doesn't and sustains more damage in transit. The personals section is hysterical, and almost worth the subscription price alone for the laughs.

BUT, this is high brow stuff. The books reviewed are generally historic or political, with a few fiction titles thrown in. The articles are in-depth by established authors (Colum McCann, Jonathan Franzen) and often link to other books in the same genre or style. This doesn't cover any mass market titles, and seems to be quite shy of small press publishers as well.

It's a great resource, and a treat to browse, but I still find the best variety and reviews online. And also, it makes you quite jealous for some of the literary events over the pond that you miss out on here in the US...you can only read about the exhibitions and readings and drool.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful February 4, 2014
By CK9N
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I don't want to be rude, but I'm not sure whether it's fair to post saying it's snobby, or you don't read some of the books they review because:

1. Of course it's snobby. It's high brow, with a small readership and intended to be such. It's for some people, not everyone.

2. Part of the joy is that the books are a bit obscure - you get to read and learn about something entirely new which you had little interest in previously. The review tells you enough about the issue to determine whether it's something you want to explore further or not.

Oh, and the NYRB is better (I say this as a British person), but given how cheap it is, get them both!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Literary Journal in the world March 16, 2006
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The London Review of Books is, without a doubt the best literary journal in the world: at the same time erudite, entertaining and informative, each issue is a foray into a world of knowledge that is all too lacking in other publications and media. There was a time in my life when I couldn't afford to put my heating on in the bitterly cold British winter, but I never thought to cancel my subscription to the LROB. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much and too little July 25, 2015
By Phred
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Bottom Line First:
The London Review of Books is home to some very high power serious writing. It is almost exclusively for a sophisticated and concentrated reader. As a place to find book reviews that concentrate on the more important books both newly released and those worthy of reconsideration the LRoB is all of that. Ultimately it was too much for me in terms of the books selected and the time given to each one. OTOH there were rarely enough books reviewed. The LRoB also covers the arts and British and European politics. Again this coverage is very intelligent and at much greater length than even most American Newspaper tend to allow. I admit to being over my head, but I was also unhappy with the way book reviews were often such a small part of the paper.

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My subscription seemed to take months to start. Since then deliveries tend to be several in a row then none for more than a month. Since it was taking me so long to read a copy, I liked having more than two weeks between deliveries. As is I have 4 issues stacked awaiting my time and mental energy.
In terms of the quality of the writing and the depth of insight, the LRoB is five star. My decision to subscribe was based on an interest in books and in the craft of reviewing. Instead I have more on politics `across the pond' than I can or care to follow and a relatively few overly long (for me) reviews.

As such my three stars are more subjective than usual. The magazine is consistently high quality, and just as consistently contains less than I was hoping to get. If you prefer to read reviews that are at the graduate school level and are almost as long and as researched as graduate level papers, LRob should be a happier choice for you. For me this was too much work and not enough about books.
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