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What I’m reading right now – Gomorrah

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Good book. Well worth getting for a read. Much more immediate than Dickie’s work on the mafia, but less scholarly and polished. Dickie is the Irish Times, and Saviano is the Indo. If the Irish Times did investigative journalism, that is. Which it doesn’t.

Dreams from my father


Anyway – Saviano really spins out a good line, and I’ll have to read this in the Italian because apparently there’s a lot lost in the translation.


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April 8, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Posted in Italy, Reading

Dreams from my Father

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I’ve just finished this book and one major thought jumps out at me… dude, where’s the ambition???

I mean, seriously, one doesn’t become POTUS by accident. Especially if you’re black. I mean, seriously.

Dreams from my father

Dreams from my father

The book is a great read by the way, but it comes across sometimes as a road-map to political power, especially when read together with “The Audacity of Hope”. The whole “community organiser” thing – I didn’t even know what the hell that was until I read this book. And seeing that a lot of “The Audacity of Hope” was about how clueless Obama was about fund-raising – dude, where did the budget for all your organising come from? Manna from they sky? Or were you laying it on a bit thick in the second book, playing the ‘awe-shucks’ country-boy routine? It’s clear from “Dreams from my father” that Obama was already a slick political player in Chicago, and that was before the shark-infested waters of Harvard law school.

The bit about the trip to Africa seemed bolted on to the rest of the book, really, more about establishing his black bone-fides than it was about exploring more who Barack Obama is, was, or might be. I mean, being president of the Harvard Law Review might lead people to be doubtful about the man (the other famous black lawyer is Clarence Thomas – one of the trio of extremely-right-wing justices on the Supreme Court!). Best get those African roots in the book then.

Still, a decent book and well recommended for anyone who wants to know a bit about Barack, although one could skip “Dream of my father” and go straight to “The Audacity of Hope” for a better look at where his politics are.

Go out and buy it now.

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April 8, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Posted in Politics, Reading

What I’m Reading

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Immagine di Un mese con Montalbano

Currently working on Un Mese con Montalbano”, ‘A month with Montalbano’, in the Italian. A selection of 31 Montalbano short-stories, not literally one-month-in-the-life-of-Montalbano, which is rather what I was expecting.

I was supposed to limit myself to one chapter a night, reading to Sonia, but in the mornings after Sonia’s gone to work, I sneak ahead and read the next chapter. Sorry Sonia.

With her help however, I am learning a few new phrases and words… mostly curses and Sicilian dialect, but all well and good 🙂

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August 8, 2008 at 9:56 am

Posted in Ireland, Reading, Sicily

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