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text 2018-03-09 22:16
The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi
The Bamboo Stalk - Saud Alsanousi,سعود السنعوسي

I read the first 78 pages of this book, which has proven popular in the Arab world. It's about the position of foreign workers and outsiders in Kuwait, though the early sections are set in the Philippines, and it's constructed of short chapters. Unfortunately, I found it unengaging. The narrator describes his family's lives and his childhood and there's not yet a plot to be seen on the horizon. The characters are flat; I read an interview with the author about how we're supposed to love the narrator, and this was meant to make the criticism of Kuwaiti society easier for Kuwaiti readers to bear. It looks like that has worked for its intended audience, which is excellent, but I never felt anything for the narrator, nor did I find him interesting. Clearly, this is not for me.

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review 2018-01-18 03:30
The Dream of a Thousand Nights by Shira Anthony
The Dream of a Thousand Nights - Shira Anthony

This book is about a bunch of overgrown teenagers with raging hormones, irrational, stubborn and angry. There is no reason to their actions, no logic in their thoughts. The writing itself is on immature side. Disappointed. The rating is for the 40% I've suffered through.

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review 2017-12-29 22:16
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Exit West - Mohsin Hamid

This is a fantastic novella. It’s a parable of globalization, but its brilliance is in rendering real, three-dimensional characters even from a brief scene or description.

Exit West is set in the modern world, beginning in an unnamed Middle Eastern country on the brink of civil war, where two young people meet in a classroom and are propelled by circumstances into a premature intimacy. The difference between this book and the real world is that when Nadia and Saeed – and millions of others around the world – decide to flee or to immigrate, they do so by way of doors that randomly appear and allow teleportation from one part of the globe to another.

Some have criticized this decision for erasing the harrowing travel that is a hallmark of many real-world refugee experiences, which it does. But I don’t think telling the story of refugees is Hamid’s primary goal, though it is part of the book. The doorways allow him to speed up globalization, take the world’s growing interconnectedness to its breaking point in a brief span of time, and ask big questions about what how world will look in the decades to come, with ever quicker travel combined with massive disparities in wealth and security. How much sense do borders really make in today’s world and the world of the future? Can we afford to limit our focus to our own countries? What happens as people continue to flee from poor and war-torn parts of the world to Europe and the U.S. – how will richer countries respond and be changed?

There’s a lot packed into this short book, measuring over 200 pages only due to generous margins and spacing, as well as two blank pages between each chapter. But what holds it together is the vitality, complexity and humanity of the characters, our protagonists and the people they encounter as well as the characters we briefly meet in vignettes from all over the world. The book can sometimes be hard to read, especially for long stretches, because the characters’ circumstances are often tough, and when they are as real as people you know, it’s impossible not to care. Then too, the writing is excellent: not flowery, but assured, every word in the right place.

Overall, a fantastic book, with great characters, an involving story and a lot of food for thought. And while the subject matter can be difficult, it never becomes hopeless. I highly recommend it.

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review 2017-11-24 16:44
Quick but lots to think on
Waiting for the Taliban: A Journey Through North Afghanistan - Anna Badkhen

This has been my eBook read while at work. Good but more like a magazine article. Did come away with some great food for thought about why Afghanistan is such a quagmire in terms of help, assistance, and why the war is dragging on with no end in sight. 


Also, I learned lots of new words like kleptocracy (rule by a thief or thieves). Love that term! 



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text 2017-09-13 11:14
EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Commercial Printing Market Report 2017


The EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Commercial Printing Market Report 2017 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Commercial Printing industry.

Firstly, the report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Commercial Printing market analysis is provided for the international market including development history, competitive landscape analysis, and major regions’ development status.

Secondly, development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures. This report also states import/export, supply and consumption figures as well as cost, price, revenue and gross margin by regions (United States, EU, China and Japan), and other regions can be added.

Then, the report focuses on global major leading industry players with information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information. Upstream raw materials, equipment and downstream consumers analysis is also carried out. What’s more, the Commercial Printing industry development trends and marketing channels are analyzed.

Finally, the feasibility of new investment projects is assessed, and overall research conclusions are offered.

In a word, the report provides major statistics on the state of the industry and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the market.

In this report, the EMEA Commercial Printing market is valued at USD XX million in 2016 and is expected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2022, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2016 and 2022.

Geographically, this report split EMEA into Europe, the Middle East and Africa, With sales (K Units), revenue (Million USD), market share and growth rate of Commercial Printing for these regions, from 2012 to 2022 (forecast)
    Europe: Germany, France, UK, Russia, Italy and Benelux;
    Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE and Iran;
    Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt and Algeria.

EMEA Commercial Printing market competition by top manufacturers/players, with Commercial Printing sales volume (K Units), price (USD/Unit), revenue (Million USD) and market share for each manufacturer/player; the top players including
    Bertelsmann SE & Co. Kgaa
    Brown Co.
    Cenveo Inc.
    Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd.
    R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co.
    Lagardere Scamerrill Corporation
    Quad/Graphics Incorporated
    Quebecor World Inc.
    Toppan Co. Ltd.
    Transcontinental Inc.
    Vistaprint NV
    Workflow Management Incorporated
    World Color Press Inc

On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume (K Units), revenue (Million USD), product price (USD/Unit), market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
    Type I
    Type II
On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume (K Units), market share and growth rate of Commercial Printing for each application, including
    Application 1
    Application 2

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Table of contents:

1 Commercial Printing Overview

2 EMEA Commercial Printing Competition by Manufacturers/Players/Suppliers, Region, Type and Application

3 Europe Commercial Printing (Volume, Value and Sales Price), by Players, Countries, Type and Application

4 Middle East Commercial Printing (Volume, Value and Sales Price), by Region, Type and Application

5 Africa Commercial Printing (Volume, Value and Sales Price) by Players, Countries, Type and Application

6 EMEA Commercial Printing Manufacturers/Players Profiles and Sales Data

7 Commercial Printing Manufacturing Cost Analysis

8 Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers

9 Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders

10 Market Effect Factors Analysis

11 EMEA Commercial Printing Market Forecast (2017-2022)

12 Research Findings and Conclusion

13 Appendix

List of Tables and Figures:
    Figure Product Picture of Commercial Printing
    Figure EMEA Commercial Printing Sales Volume (K Units) by Type (2012-2022)
    Figure EMEA Commercial Printing Sales Volume Market Share by Type (Product Category) in 2016
    Figure Type I Product Picture
    Figure Type II Product Picture
    Figure EMEA Commercial Printing Sales Volume (K Units) by Application (2012-2022)
    Figure EMEA Sales Market Share of Commercial Printing by Application in 2016
    Figure Application 1 Examples
    Table Key Downstream Customer in Application 1
    Figure Application 2 Examples


Related Reports:

Global Commercial Printing Market Report 2017

China Commercial Printing Market Report 2017

USA Commercial Printing Market Report 2017

Korea Commercial Printing Market Report 2017

Japan Commercial Printing Market Report 2017

India Commercial Printing Market Report 2017

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