Abraham Lincoln

In my continuing run through the Penguin Lives Series, I have just finished Abraham Lincoln. What stuck me as I was reading was the similarities between Lincoln and Churchill. Like Churchill, Lincoln’s was a hero not because he never failed but because at a crucial moment in history his character made all the difference. This particular Penguin Life is interesting because Thomas Keneally, a novelist living in Australia, tells it in straight narrative form. Keneally is most famous for...

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Abraham Lincoln

In my continuing run through the Penguin Lives Series, I have just finished Abraham Lincoln. What stuck me as I was reading was the similarities between Lincoln and Churchill. Like Churchill, Lincoln’s was a hero not because he never failed but because at a crucial moment in history his character made all the difference. This particular Penguin Life is interesting because Thomas Keneally, a novelist living in Australia, tells it in straight narrative form. Keneally is most famous for...

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The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

“A boy. A tiger. And the vast Pacific Ocean. This is a novel of such rare and wondrous storytelling that it may, as one of the characters claims, make you believe in God. Can a reader reasonably ask for anything more?” So reads the dust jacket of the novel The Life of Pi by Yann Martel . My answer: yes. To be more accurate I am not sure the book lives up to this haughty claim. And if it does make you believe in God, what kind of God is it and why do you believe? In other words The...

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