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Review: By Its Cover

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 12, 2014 in Articles and Reviews |

Anyone who hasn’t come across Donna Leon yet, and I cannot imagine that there are many who have not – is definitely missing out on good crime stories. It is one thing to look through photographic books in Venice, with its beautiful architecture and long, well documented history, quite another to read works by someone […]

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Review: Blue is the Warmest Color

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 9, 2014 in Articles and Reviews |

It is a well-known fact that film makers, when they have a good book, take some liberties with the published work and produce something of their own, more suited to the screen, more suited to the audience they wish to capture. What works on paper doesn’t necessarily come across in the cinema, doesn’t have the […]

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The Prom Dress

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 22, 2014 in Articles and Reviews |

Probably the biggest, best night of the entire school year, one which we all look forward to, have all looked forward to and, as we all know, we all want to look our absolute best for this one night: Prom Night. But not all of us are that good with a needle and thread, not […]

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Review: Liebe Kann Man Nicht Googeln

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 15, 2014 in Articles and Reviews |

In theory women in the Thirty-something age group have their lives fully organized, are set in their ways and looking forward to the late evenings: husband back home; children in bed; dishes in the dishwasher; peace and quiet with a cuddle on the sofa in front of the television. In reality many are still thinking […]

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Review: On The Nature Of Things

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 14, 2014 in Articles and Reviews |

There was a time, many centuries ago, when man believed that the Earth was the center of the universe, that the sun and stars revolved around this small planet and that everything could be explained away by referring to the gods. To a certain extent things have not changed: there are still those who believe […]

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Review: The German Genius

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 13, 2014 in Articles and Reviews |

The opening section of this massive book makes one fact clear before we get into the details of German Genius: the English-speaking world has little or no idea of the influence Germany has had on the world prior to the Second World War; history teaching in many schools is limited to a very small time […]

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Review: Vagina – A New Biography

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 1, 2014 in Articles and Reviews |

I am in two minds about Naomi Wolf’s latest work – Vagina: A New Biography. On the one side I found it inspirational and packed with interesting facts and information. On the other I was disappointed with many so-called facts, the use of statistics and the apparent need to bring the vagina – despite the […]

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Review: On The Nature Of The Gods

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 26, 2014 in Articles and Reviews |

Accepting something merely because it has always been that way – whether in a religious sense or any other – has always been the easiest thing a person can do. Discussion, on the other hand, is difficult, especially when the discussion takes place between people of different opinions, different beliefs, different cultural backgrounds. To understand […]

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Review: Die Frauen, Die Er Kannte

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 16, 2014 in Articles and Reviews |

Someone told me that this, the second book about the psychologist Sebastian Bergman, is too complicated to enjoy. There are too many threads to follow, too many background stories, too much history which is only slowly revealed. The characterization, I found, was of the best. I managed to get into the characters, into the story, […]

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Review: The Unlikely Pilgramage Of Harold Fry

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 16, 2014 in Articles and Reviews |

I had high hopes for this book: a tale of unrequited love; a mystery to be solved; a journey through life. In the end, aside from one aspect, I was disappointed. I had hoped for a good deal more than just ‘charming’ (as the Sunday Express apparently called it). And I found many things simply […]

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