the catastrophist

by Ronan Bennett | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0747260338 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tiggsybabes of Pontefract, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on 9/9/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by tiggsybabes from Pontefract, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, September 09, 2005
Bought in the 10p section of the Prince of Wales hospice to read, but Mt TBR is getting out of control, so this is being freed :)

Released 13 yrs ago (9/9/2005 UTC) at Sheffield Meet @ The Showroom in Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Taking to the meet tomorrow.

Journal Entry 3 by sland from Chesterfield, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 11, 2005
Picked up at bookcrossing meetup 10.9.05. To be read.

Journal Entry 4 by AbPh from Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 15, 2005
This was passed on to me by sland (who I notice hasn't reviewed it yet -get a move on!).

I really enjoyed this book. The backdrop of Congolese independence is vivid and fascinating, and the dilemmas, both small and large scale, are compelling. All the characters are shown in a truthful (and often harsh) light and the brutality and nastiness increases as the story goes on.

However, while I felt some sypathy for almost everyone, in that I could understand why they acted as they did, I had pretty much none for Ines. She is a naive, brainwashed, and actually rather selfish person and her plight shows just what too much blind idealism can do.

A fascinating study of love and politics, the big and the small of human concerns, and the clash between idealism and political apathy. A recommended read.

Journal Entry 5 by AbPh at The Bean in Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 21, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (1/21/2006 UTC) at The Bean in Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom

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In the pile of Bookcrossing books by the window.

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