Nature to the fore

This author had great imagination and good experience of the subject. I was transported in the jungles of India, just as the title promises. I loved the understanding of animals, seeing the world through their eyes. They have a hidden existence that we will never be able to fully appreciate.

Essentially this is for children. As an adult I found the writing thoroughly engaging and different to the way I remember it yeats ago.

In these days where nature is getting more marginalised every year, this book reads like a champion of conservation, celebrating wildlife and the way it all fits together.

There will be a few who might take offence at some colonial references but this is actual history and you can't change facts and attitudes that have passed.

Naturally wonderful

This man never fails to entertain. He has the voice you listen to, whoever you are.

The tales within this volume are fascinating, just like the previous one. I never tire of this.

When it comes to it, the natural world beats everything in importance.

We can only hope for more.

The best and worst of people - A review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

A compulsive read, if only to discover what depths each person will drop to. It is a fine observation of human characteristics. Also very telling is how easily the wave of public opinion changes direction so easily. In fact, people come out of this tale looking very clever and very stupid. We live in a time when everyone thinks they have a valid opinion on anything, regardless of knowledge or understanding.
I've seen the film version and this is inevitably better. Books rule! Read it for the tension, the drama, the incredible lengths we go to to get our own way, and the weaknesses we all possess.

Smart, concise, engaging.

I like this author. Her use of words is clear and engaging. You can inhabit her characters quickly and get pulled along by their emotions.

And bravo to Penguin for producing these mini masterpiece books.

Confessional poetry

I don't think there's anything I can add to the critical analysis of her work that hgasn't already been said.

However, I can simply say this is confessional poetry of great beauty, hard to read and not be moved and a little disturbed.

Life is a challenge for all. You can hide away from your emotions and fears or try to meet them and understand them. Sylvia Plath certainly confronted hers. Whether she ever came to terms with them, only she would know.

I can learn from her, try and express real feelings and not write formula stuff for predictable markets for the sake of making a few bucks.

Lessons from the past

A fascinating insight into what many believe they know and understand. Prepare to think again. This is a much more complicated subject than popular media portrays. What happened at Auschwitz must never be forgotten, for the sake of ourselves and all who perished in such an appalling way.

The book is littered with details of crimes against humanity. The human race makes a very poor showing. We are supposed to be the most intelligent things on the planet yet this part of contemporary history shows us to be the stupidest, weakest, most sadistic and easily led.

The quality of the journalism is very good. Incisive, thoughtful, not prone to the obvious, it leads the reader through a terrible set of circumstances and helps throw light on the psychology of everyone involved, using first hand knowledge wherever possible.

So I recommend this to anyone. We live in an age where many are driven by social media like brainless sheep (no insult intended towards sheep). This kind of real, thoughtful study is what we need more of to help us understand the full picture and not what we want, or are told, to believe.

Historical relevance, great read

I approached this book with an open mind. I love historical fiction but was wary in case the story centred too much on the fox hunting. As it turns out, the author covers a wide range of life as he experienced it during the first 16 years of the 20th century.It made me long, as most historical fiction does, to live in those time (before the war of course). A smaller world, driven by need and availabilty, not greed and money as we are now. His life unravels to the backdrop of riding horses, playing cricket and attending local events.When we move on to the war, the horror builds as he loses more and more friends to the pointless waste of an unwinnable conflict.
Throughout, even in the tranches, he notices the beauty of nature, and this is worth remembering if anyone is put off by the fox hunting theme. It is a book of its time, and needs to be enjoyed as such.
He is a thinking author, reflecting honestly on the changing times. He questions his faith, which gets lost and falsified, perhaps never to recover. There is plenty of observations on class differences.
I loved the way it was written; conversational and intellectual (I confess to having to look up a few words in the dictionary). I highly recommend it to anyone with a curious mind.

The Interceptor

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My latest work. Step into a story that will take you far, through emotions as high and low as the roads we all travel on. Watch out on my site for new offers and more details.

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