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review 2016-08-12 00:00
Filthy Lucre: Economics for People Who Hate Capitalism
Filthy Lucre: Economics for People Who Hate Capitalism - Joseph Heath I think the title is a bit misleading, since the ideas presented are not anti-capitalistic. Good explanation of a lot of basic economic reasoning and debunking of simplistic thinking of both right and left.
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review 2015-01-06 23:19
By giving back all the money she’s taken from him, Teddy is withdrawing her implied participation not only with the coming robbery, but with everything Louis did to earn that first wad of bills too. She’s making her distrust of him foremost in the relationship again. She’s choosing her self-worth over his expedience. And she’s doing it without being at all idealistic or naive: she knows damn well what that money could mean for her, but she knows she would betray herself by accepting it. She’s principled in a realistic, grounded way.
Filthy Lucre - Sharon Cullars

My long, long analysis of money and morality in Sharon Cullars' Filthy Lucre.

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review 2014-08-11 12:31
Pierre and Jean by Guy de Maupassant
Pierre and Jean - Guy de Maupassant,Leonard Tancock

bookshelves: spring-2013, tbr-busting-2013, translation, e-book, gutenberg-project, france, published-1887, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, families, filthy-lucre, re-visit-2014, re-read, summer-2014

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura
Read from March 06, 2013 to August 11, 2014, read count: 2


Revisit via BBC BABT


Description: Guy de Maupassant's compelling short novel, abridged in 4 parts by Penny Leicester, follows family rivalries in the seaport of Le Havre.

1/4. On a fishing trip all is happy with the Roland clan. Then returning home, a revelation..

2/4 The Marechal Will causes ructions between the brothers, then a second revelation surfaces.

3/4 Jean is happy of course, but Pierre burns with rage. So a confrontation is due.

4/4 The two brothers must take action to avoid a family showdown.

Reader Carl Prekopp
Producer Duncan Minshull.

Nutty NUUT read

Translator: Clara Bell

Opening: "Tschah!" exclaimed old Roland suddenly, after he had remained motionless for a quarter of an hour, his eyes fixed on the water, while now and again he very slightly lifted his line sunk in the sea.

Mme. Roland, dozing in the stern by the side of Mme. Rosemilly, who had been invited to join the fishing-party, woke up, and turning her head to look at her husband, said:

"Well, well! Gerome."

And the old fellow replied in a fury:

"They do not bite at all. I have taken nothing since noon. Only men should ever go fishing. Women always delay the start till it is too late."

From wiki: It appeared in three instalments in the Nouvelle Revue and then in volume form in 1888, together with the essay “Le Roman” [“The Novel”]. Pierre et Jean is a realist work, notably so by the subjects on which it treats, including knowledge of one's heredity (whether one is a legitimate son or a bastard), the bourgeoisie, and the problems stemming from money.

Powerful story for it being so short.

#65 TBR Busting 2013
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text 2014-08-06 10:01
In the first televised round the fish has been slapped by the darling
In readiness for my course on Scottish Independence from Edinburgh university I'm taking notes: the opening round was about filthy lucre and needless to say it was heated AND the live streaming from STV failed.
Scottish independence advocates are “deluding” themselves if they believe that the country would be allowed to remain in a currency union with the UK whilst controlling its own financial affairs, one of Europe’s major banks has said.
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review 2014-07-18 10:27
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

bookshelves: published-1950, adventure, fraudio, spring-2010, wwii, war, filthy-lucre

Read from May 18 to 20, 2010

** spoiler alert ** What a wonderful story based on a hotchpotch of believed facts and opportunist meetings. Full of the chauvinism redolent of it's time of writing, it's a cross between Tenko and Crocodile Dundee, and it sucked me right in.


How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

W. B. Yeats

About time I got around to this....

Narrated by Robin Bailey.
Unabridged, 8 audio cassettes (10hrs 18 mins)

From Wiki:
A Town Like Alice (U.S. title: The Legacy) is a novel by the English author Nevil Shute. It tells the story of Jean Paget; as a prisoner of war in Malaya during World War II and then her return to Malaya after the war where she discovers something that leads her on the search for romance and to a small outback community in Australia where she sets out to turn it into 'a town like Alice'. It was first published in 1950 when Shute had newly settled in Australia. The "Alice" in the title refers to Alice Springs, Australia.

-Jean Paget - young English woman who is a prisoner of war in Malaya and later finds love and settles in the Australian outback.
-Joe Harman - an Australian cattleman who is a prisoner of war in Malaya; he gets back to Australia.
-Noel Strachan - the narrator; he is Jean Paget's solicitor and trustee.

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