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Mystery and Mirage

By Anastasia , published on Nov 9, 2012

The Tremor of Forgery is the first novel by Patricia Highsmith that I have ever read. It was this year’s main ‘holiday book’, taken with me to Tunisia for no better reason than it is set in Tunisia. I chose it, in other words, for precisely the same reason that I took Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile to Egypt last year.

Setting out on a review here is beset with uncertainty, a little like going on safari without a guide, a map or a compass. I simply have no landmarks, no basis for comparison. I certainly know of Highsmith’s work, her reputation as a writer of thrillers and crime... (more)

Tags: book reviews, tunisia, mystery novels, american literature, patricia highsmith

The Bitch is in Heat Again

By Anastasia , published on Sep 16, 2012

I’ve been giving serious attention recently to the problem of modern anti-Semitism. In tracing the beast into the heart of the labyrinth I bought The New Anti-Semitism by Phyllis Chessler and Israel and the European Left: Between Solidarity and Delegitimization by Colin Shindler. I’ve yet to read these books, though skimming has given me a ‘feel’ for both. The first is a lively polemic, the second a little more scholarly and detached. Both touch on the new form of the chimera, its latest metamorphosis – that of left-wing Jew hatred.

Actually it’s not new at all. It’s much older... (more)

Tags: israel, socialism, liberalism, book reviews, palestine, anti-semitism, the political left, the six day war

To Die For

By Anastasia , published on Apr 13, 2012

I’m a lover of high fashion, a lover of designer labels. There, I’ve said it! For me things are quite simple: I like elegant and well-cut clothes, clothes that complement the line of the body. I dislike fussiness, frills and fluffs. My favourite clothes are those designed by Jasper Conran and Elizabeth Grachvogel. I simply adore Jimmy Choo’s footwear and handbags.

Mostly I dress in a smart casual manner, with jeans and top, as well as a range of skirts, and I’m particularly keen on magic pants. But I always rise for the occasion: a cocktail dress for semi-formal engagements and a full... (more)

Tags: book reviews, thrillers, gothic fiction, serial killers

I’m Tired of the F Word

By Anastasia , published on Dec 16, 2011

I don’t suppose there is any word with less real meaning now than ‘fascist’. Indeed, I begin to wonder if it ever had any meaning. It has a purpose, yes, but that’s quite different. It serves as an insult, an f word greater than the f word, the more frequently used the more meaningless it has become. I suppose there must have been a time when “you fascist b******d”, actually meant “you fascist b******d”, in the sense that one happened to belong to a political party which actually had the word ‘fascist’ in its title. The other word was mostly a matter of pure speculation…or personal knowledge.

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Tags: american politics, liberalism, book reviews, fascism

Confessions of a Catholic Cop by Thomas Fitzsimmons

By Miranda, published on Oct 24, 2011

Confessions of a Catholic Cop

By Thomas Fitzsimmons

Officers Michael Beckett and Vinnie D’Amato were partners in the roughest district of New York, “The Bronx”. While investigating a string of arson fires and the death of a homeless teen mom and young baby they slowly begin to uncover corruption and a plot that involves everyone from Beckett’s crush from his TV acting career on Law & Order to a dirty cop in the same precinct all the way up to a very powerful billionaire that happened to be an old friend of Beckett and D’Amato. The two struggle over jealously, drinking, and... (more)

Tags: books, reading, book reviews

Bloody and Rare

By Anastasia , published on Oct 6, 2011

Ann Coulter’s Treason –Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism is not for the timid. Let me put it this way: if it was a steak it would be rare and bloody, enough to send vegetarians (aka liberals) into immediate and irrecoverable shock!

It was one of the books I took with me on vacation, recommended to me by an American friend, another right-wing blogger. It’s the first book of hers that I’ve read and I’m so glad I did, not just because of the subject matter but because she writes in an engaging if highly partisan manner. I found her both informative and amusing,... (more)

Tags: liberalism, book reviews

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