Christopher G. Kenber

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Churchill by Roy Jenkins
Churchill by Roy Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars The passing of an era, Jan. 20 2003
Roy Jenkins died recently and his obituaries were many, detailed and lengthy. He is remembered both as a skilled politician of the first rank both in Britain's Labour party and then as a co-founder of the Social Democratic Party with David Owen and Shirley Williams. And as a superlative political biographer of the first rank with definitive works on Gladstone, Asquith, and, now, Churchill.
Your reviewers' very broad range of reactions to this biography are entirely consistent with the reactions Churchill himself produced during his long career. Never was a british politician more hated, reviled, loved and honoured than Churchill. Indeed, during the Thirties, it appeared that he would… Read more
French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David
French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The truly remarkable thing about Elizabeth David was not so much that she could write enthralling and compelling cookbooks ("Mediterranean Food", "French Provincial Cooking", "Italian Cooking"), but that she transformed a glum, drab post-war England by the beauty of her prose and her ability to evoke the sunshine and brilliant colours of the mediterranean. And, further north, the simple beauty of cuisine bourgeoise, home cooking french style.
It was this book that got me started on a lifetime of home cooking. Like all great cookbooks, it can be read and savored without cooking at all. Her ability to evoke time and place is startling -- for example, her… Read more
The Book of Illusions: A Novel by Paul Auster
5.0 out of 5 stars illusion and reality, Jan. 14 2003
Auster is an extraordinary writer -- his prose spare and elegant, his focus the shifting shadows between reality and illusion. Never was a book more appropriately titled.
The protagonist, academic David Zimmer, has suffered the nearly unimaginable, but quite credible tragedy of losing his family in an air crash. His response is to drink, to shut himself away, and, when briefly re-introduced to his former life, to be appallingly obnoxious.
His chosen therapy is to write a book about a forgotten (and as it turns out, disappeared) silent film star. The publication of this study produces the remarkable news that his subject is still alive. The story of his subject Hector's life… Read more