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  1. Leviathan or the Whale

    Posted Jul 19th 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Leviathan or the Whale by Philip Hoare Fourth Estate HK$142 You needn't like whales to appreciate Philip Hoare's book, but it helps. An affecting volume that is everything you wanted to know about the whale but didn't think to ask, it is also a homage to Herman Melville as well as a memoir, travel book and print version of a BBC documentary. Just ...

  2. The Lucifer Effect

    Posted Mar 29th 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo Rider, HK$144 In 2004, when images swept television screens of American soldiers humiliating and torturing Abu Ghraib captives, Philip Zimbardo froze. He heard Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers assure the world that only a few 'bad apples' were behind the isolated incidents. But Zimbardo, a psychologist, ...

  3. John Lennon: The Life

    Posted Nov 09th 2008, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan by Philip Norman HarperCollins, HK$183 You would be forgiven for groaning at Philip Norman's biography of John Lennon. For starters the subject is hardly new; second, the book is the size of a suitcase. At 850 pages the volume is packed with the kind of detail anorak Beatles fans would appreciate, including the number plate and make of the car that killed ...

  4. The Plot Against America

    Posted Dec 04th 2005, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan The Plot Against America by Philip Roth Vintage, $117 The Plot Against America sports a puffed-out chest full of ribbons denoting literary commendations, and rightly so. But one wonders exactly how much of his startling premise Philip Roth owes to Philip K. Dick's 1962 masterpiece The Man in the High Castle. Dick imagined an Axis victory in the second world ...

  5. Out of Mao's Shadow

    Posted Aug 10th 2008, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Out of Mao's Shadow by Philip Pan Picador Asia, HK$187 Mao Zedong may have died three decades ago and China undergone a breathtaking makeover during that time but, Philip Pan writes, the Chinese have yet to escape the Great Helmsman's shadow. In The Struggle for the Soul of a New China (the subtitle) he shows a country pitted between an elite ...

  6. A German Requiem

    Posted Dec 31st 2006, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan A German Requiem by Philip Kerr Penguin, HK$109 A German Requiem should prompt readers to consume Philip Kerr's first two books in his so-called Berlin noir trilogy, which began with detective Bernie Gunther in March Violets and continued with The Pale Criminal. In the wrap-up novel, set in 1947, our Philip Marlowe-type hero has survived the fall ...

  7. Henry: The Prince Who Would Turn Tyrant

    Posted Jul 19th 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... and religious inclinations. Also studied are the characters who influenced Henry, including the womanising Archduke Philip of Burgundy, whose leadership style the future king aspired to emulate. Readers ...

  8. Inner Workings

    Posted Mar 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... achievement'. Fans will gorge on the essays; newcomers may find comments- such as those in pieces about Graham Greene's Brighton Rock and Philip Roth's The Plot Against America- interesting ...

  9. A Scanner Darkly

    Posted Sep 24th 2006, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick Gollancz, HK$112 It's no surprise that Philip K. Dick's 1977 A Scanner Darkly has been adapted to film (directed by Richard Linklater and starring Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jnr), so graphic is his novel about drug culture. This particular narcotic is known simply as D (for Death), a lethal substance corroding ...

  10. Happy days

    Posted Mar 19th 2006, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... with Charmaine Chan Now there's a reason to traverse the length of Hollywood Road- especially if you're looking for art deco furniture and accessories. At the Sheung Wan end of the street is bFelix (meaning 'be happy'), which sells, among other items, stylish side tables (below left; $3,500) and inviting armchairs (left; $12,000). According to shop owner Philip ...




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