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This year’s book reviews #2010

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As always I read far more in 2010 than I blogged about, and most of the books I did blog about were treasures. I hope I inspired you to read at least one of them. And you have certainly noticed that I have added them all to the bookstore to make it easier for you to find out more about them.

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I read Amsterdam: The Brief Life of a City by Geert Mak in English rather tha…

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Brian Jacques‘s book Outcast of Redwallfollows Veil the ferret who is r…

The Odessa File, by Frederick Forsyth, is another of the books I am keeping s…

Brian Jacques‘s book Martin the Warrior is another book from the Redwal…

I found The Moon’s a Balloon, by David Niven, in a box of old books. I …

Mossflower by Brian Jacques is probably my favourite of the Redwall series, t…

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For some reason I had the book Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, by Br…

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I read Mario Puzo famed book The Godfather after having seen the movie a numb…

As I previously said I bought Anathem at the same time I bought Cryptonomicon…

I borrowed a number of books from an aunt of mine, who reviewed these books f…

I was standing in a secondhand book store with my father, and we wandered rou…

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Just Finished Reading “Amsterdam: The Brief Life of a City” #books

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I read Amsterdam: The Brief Life of a City by Geert Mak in English rather than in Dutch, it was recommended to me by my father as the translater had made a number of funny Dutchisms – literally translated Dutch idiom – in his translation from the original Dutch. The original title “Een kleine geschiedenis van Amsterdam” can be translated literally as “A small history of Amsterdam” or figuratively as “A brief history of Amsterdam”.

Elsje Christiaens

As an Amsterdammer living in the centre I know much about my city, but like many I don’t know the history of the all the great and less great people the streets in my city are named after. The mayors, the rich, the famous, less famous and the infamous are all discussed in this book, and their relationships to each other. Like one of the characters drawn by Rembrandt, Elsje Christiaens – an émigré having spend only 14 days in the city, who after possibly working as a prostitute was executed when one of her clients accused her of theft, and was left hanging on the banks of the IJ canal.

Filled with wonderful stories of Amsterdam this is a great read for visitors and natives.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

August 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm

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