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Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South
Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South
by Dan T. Carter
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meticulous, Ruthless in Seach of Truth, Searing, and Scary., April 23 1999
Dan Carter has done a superb job in this study of the miscarriage of justice that took place in the Alabama of the 1930's. His picture is so complete and enlightening and he has attacked all the issues from all sides. If you want to get a very different picture of the atrocities capable in the U.S. of the 20th Century, read this book. I could say so much more.....

The Red Tent
The Red Tent
by Anita Diamant
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Women need to share this book; Men need to understand it, March 5 1999
This review is from: The Red Tent (Paperback)
Anita Diamant's novel, a retelling of parts of the book of Genesis, evokes the world of ancient Canaan and Egypt in realistic terms. In the course of the biography, narrator Dinah tells of the hearts and life-cycles of women with undying resonance. This book has something for any interest - the studies of history, religion, relations between the sexes, or even just finely crafted sentences and stories - but more than this, the book helped me to understand the life of a woman in a way I never did before. I am going to share this book with all the women in my life, certain that my mother will cry over Dinah's fortunes and misfortunes. This work should be on everyone's bookshelf, revisited often and often, and well worn.

Deep End Of The Ocean
Deep End Of The Ocean
by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do you have a family? You'll cry for these characters., Jan. 28 1999
This review is from: Deep End Of The Ocean (Hardcover)
DEEP END OF THE OCEAN is the book I have felt most emotionally wrapped up in of all books I've read in my lifetime. At the end, you, too, will feel that you have an emotional stake in the outcome of this novel, which involved so much more than a lost boy, though all the psychological truths revealed here stem from precisely that. As a writer, I feel afraid to be as bold with these truths as Mitchard is here, but her powerful work seems to tell me I should be considering this style as a model. The high quality of Mitchard's art is revealed most clearly by her ability to narrate from multiple points of view--to expose grief, of all tortures, from so many human perspectives. Even if you haven't, you'll believe that you've been there...that you live among this family, that you've been one of them. I recommend the novel to anyone who understands the human heart--or who wants a better grasp of it.

The English Patient.
The English Patient.
by Michael. Ondaatje
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Changes the Way You Look at the World, Dec 5 1998
This review is from: The English Patient. (Paperback)
The English Patient is among the most excellent novels I have read in my lifetime. In the first place, every page is littered with fragments of language that stick to your brain because they are so melodic, poetic, perfect that you don't want to forget them. Beyond that, it's an excellent story, an excellent way of looking at the world, a powerful commentary on life in general (and not in the least bit cliche`; its message is very original and appropos in our age of "globalization"). The single disappointment is for those of you who have seen the film version: in the novel, the characters of Hana, Caravaggio, and Kip are explored in greater detail; when I was finished with the last chapter (an Epilogue dealing solely with Kip's subsequent life) I wondered why the novel was entitled The English Patient: he had not been the focus. But read it anyway...as soon as you can.

Possession : A Romance
Possession : A Romance
by A. S. Byatt
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Authentic, but... (other virtues please step FORWARD), Dec 5 1998
This review is from: Possession : A Romance (Paperback)
This is a terribly slow read because it's extremelty BORING; however, it has an authentic feel to it both in terms of the portrait of scholarly problem-solving (two literary experts--who know all there is to know about One Enlgish Poet each--become detectives) and in its psychological portrayal of the love affairs that are developed simultaneously throughout the novel. The ending will leave you wondering whether you feel happy or sad; but in any case, you'll be glad you have read it.

Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel
Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel
by David Guterson
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Painful Read, Dec 5 1998
Guterson doesn't want to let you go...he grabs you by the throat, and you're in pain, but it's too fascinating to stop reading. Of course, you come to realize his art is imitating life--its reality, its principles of pain and suffering. He slowly, meticulously, exposes a series of injustices and misery: prejudice, the horrors of war, undisguised hatred; and he leaves it up to us whether any light shows through all this dark. A great read, Snow Falling On Cedars will change you--if you let it. P.S. Those with weak stomachs should not read the detailed autopsy which encompasses chapter 5!

Making History: A Novel
Making History: A Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book--very intelligent, Dec 5 1998
Written by a British comedy actor, this novel is fast-paced and enjoyable. If you allow the serious passages to seep into your consciousness--your soul--the suspense will be too much for you. The book is the answer to the question, What if the 20th Century's evil incarnate himself, Adolf Hitler, never existed? The two main characters, a historian and a German physicist, go back in time to create the answer, and they wake up in a brave new world--one that fascinates. Despite this weird setup, the novel is surprisingly believable. Find out.

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