Friday, December 21, 2012

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.

An erosional feature in a flat sedimentary rock formation. Bellerive, December 2012.

Entering Germany: 1944-1949, Tony Vaccaro: A G.I. took his camera with him into Germany and photographed five months of war and five years of occupational peace. Stark photos and keenly observed text. Stunning. A.

Wartime Lies, Louis Begley: An austere recount of a childhood spent by a Jewish boy during the Nazi occupation. A measured, deliberately cold tone throughout results in an emotionally flat narrative that is out of kilter with the content. I really enjoyed this (as much as you can 'enjoy' a Holocaust memoir. The key point around the costs of physically surviving to the psyche of a child is profound. A-.

Poo: A Natural History of the Unmentionable, Nicola Davies: C'mon! Everything you ever wanted to know about faeces! Fascinating. A.

Conference-Ville, Frank Moorhouse: A slice of life among the Australian academic and political amidst the turmoil of the Whitlam dismissal. An interesting snapshot of a time that seems far, far away... B.

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