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How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position

Recently divorced and teaching at Aarhus University, the unnamed narrator, a lapsed Muslim, is much more interested in his Hindoo friend Ravi's ability to improve their social lives, than he is in the comings and goings of their deeply religious Muslim landlord. When he begins to take notice, be prepared for some fundamental surprises in this witty, perceptive, really quite amazing novel.

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The Man I Became

I usually avoid stories with talking animals but this one is something that is both special and unique. The narrator (a gorilla by birth) tells a tale that is moving and heart-warming in spite of the bleak vision of the world he inhabits. A short book, simply written, to read in one sitting but it packs some punch. Will leave you buzzing with questions about human motivation and what lengths we will go to for entertainment.

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At Hawthorn Time

Written in a quasi-mystical pastoral style, the story is told from four viewpoints, as the characters’ relationships and their personal histories are revealed via their internal monologues. However, the real spirit of the novel is the rural landscape and the disconnection of modern man with nature, folklore and the old country ways - a moving elegy to a fast disappearing way of life.

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The Dog

This is a brutal portrait of China and base human nature. I felt like I could see and hear the characters spit their lines at each other. The writing felt real and dirty - and visual like a movie. Sometimes I took my eyes from the page to wince because the images hit so hard - but I couldn't wait to be engrossed in the next short story.

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