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Generations by Strauss and Howe.
Sociological study of history seen through the lens of generational ‘cycles’. Obviously focused on U.S. history
(surprise, surprise) it would be interesting to see if the principles put forth in their book could also be applied
to another nation. Especially an older one with more historical significance.
Like the U.K. with it’s rich island heritage.
 
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Inspired by Iain @Digimonkey , I thought I’d submit a trio. Out of the three, I’ve only revisited Slaughterhouse 5. Part WW2, magical realism, science fiction or even the musings whilst undergoing post-traumatic stress. I’ll expect Sinclair to be characteristically challenging but prosaic; and Cohen is sublime.

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@Digimonkey Iain, random convestation in the pub on Thursday evening - the Desert Island Disc episode for Winkle Brown is rated as one of the best? Can't judge on that as have not listened yet - however, the guy who was chatting to me about it was enthused. Hope all is good,

Chris
Thanks C. - I listened to it last night - it is archived on the BBC app - if you haven't heard it yet - I couldn't recommend it too highly - it addressed the main issue that frustrated me with the book - my copy is 2007 but I believe it has been updated since - he never gives anything of himself away - in fairness - this was probably an age thing - guys of his generation didn't share their feelings or anxieties - charming in some ways - very much in the style of Sir Fitz Maclean - a near death experience might be rendered as ' a bit of a tight squeeze,' - but his visit to the newly liberated Belsen making a single paragraph was - as I say - frustrating. He speaks much more freely in Desert Island Discs - he was 95 when it was recorded - a couple of years before he died - I swear the old goat was flirting with Kirsty! - fair enough - I photographed her a few years ago and she is deeply charming in person. It is quite moving in places - a remarkable life. Great stuff - thanks again for the heads up - cheers - I.

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Thanks C. - I listened to it last night - it is archived on the BBC app - if you haven't heard it yet - I couldn't recommend it too highly - it addressed the main issue that frustrated me with the book - my copy is 2007 but I believe it has been updated since - he never gives anything of himself away - in fairness - this was probably an age thing - guys of his generation didn't share their feelings or anxieties - charming in some ways - very much in the style of Sir Fitz Maclean - a near death experience might be rendered as ' a bit of a tight squeeze,' - but his visit to the newly liberated Belsen making a single paragraph was - as I say - frustrating. He speaks much more freely in Desert Island Discs - he was 95 when it was recorded - a couple of years before he died - I swear the old goat was flirting with Kirsty! - fair enough - I photographed her a few years ago and she is deeply charming in person. It is quite moving in places - a remarkable life. Great stuff - thanks again for the heads up - cheers - I.

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Will listen in, hopefully this weekend! All the best, Chris
 

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Just about to start this - Maxwell has intrigued me for years - a long time ago - my sister and I were wandering around the Highlands - and we ended up spending the night at Sandaig Bay - where there is a cairn to him and an otter - Mijbil- in Arabic - Midge in English - what stuck in my mind was that the cairn to the otter was massively bigger than his - excellent - all well and good. I knew of Maxwell - him being mentioned by Thesiger - the Iraq marshes - I'd read his 'Lords of the Atlas' - before going to Marrakesh - like Thesiger - ex SOE - it looks like a big read - 500 odd pages - thicker than an otter tortilla. Otters - just wet dugs? I.

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This is a great read - part auto-biography - the man was a maniac - think Hunter S Thompson with a meat cleaver - part de-bunking the restaurant trade and celebrity chef culture. His 'A Cook's Tour,' is well worth reading as well - in fact I would recommend any of his non-fiction. His fiction - on the other hand - I found poor. I was saddened by his death. I.
 
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