Book Review by Milly Reynolds — The Poetry of John Clare

Of all the types of poetry, the pastoral theme is probably the most English. Listen to Milly’s take on one of the most important English poets from the midlands, John Clare.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

The Boy Who Became a Dragon: A Bruce Lee Story by Jim Di Bartolo — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions (Reblog)

Information Goodreads: The Boy Who Became a DragonSeries: NoneSource: LibraryPublished: February 2020 Summary This fictionalized biography of Bruce Lee follows him from his childhood as he is inspired to act and to learn martial arts. Review The Boy Who Became a Dragon is a fictionalized biography of Bruce Lee that attempts to explore how his […]

The Boy Who Became a Dragon: A Bruce Lee Story by Jim Di Bartolo — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

Book Review – The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

*Milly’s not quite sure about this book, ‘The Mars Room’.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions (Reblog)

Information Goodreads: Girls Made of Snow and GlassSeries: NoneSource: PurchasedPublished: September 5, 2017 Official Summary Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale. Sixteen-year-old Mina is motherless, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in […]

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

The Song Remains the Same — Ticket 2 Ride (Reblog)

The 1976 concert film from Led Zeppelin played on Turner Classic Movies as part of a series of music-related films. I enjoy the live album from the film more than the actual film. The concert footage was filmed over several nights at Madison Square Garden in July 1973, with the fantasy sequences added later. Additional […]

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*A great blog and film of a great band…

RANKING BOB DYLAN’S 39 STUDIO ALBUMS- #34: SAVED [1980} — slicethelife (Reblog)

Ranking Bob Dylan’s 39 studio albums- #34- Bob Dylan’s 20th studio album release- Saved [1980} 2 1/2 stars. Bob Dylan’s nearly sixty year career has at times been highly controversial- his going electric in the mid-60s and turning his back on the folk movement immediately comes to mind. But the most controversial- to this day […]

RANKING BOB DYLAN’S 39 STUDIO ALBUMS- #34: SAVED [1980} — slicethelife

*Music can have many uses.

Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies and Joseph Gies — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions (Reblog)

Information Goodreads: Marriage and the Family in the Middle AgesSeries: NoneSource: PurchasedPublished: 1989 Official Summary Throughout history, the significance of the family—the basic social unit—has been vital. In Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages, acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies trace the development of marriage and the family from the medieval era to early […]

Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies and Joseph Gies — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

Fable by Adrienne Young (ARC Review) — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions (Reblog)

Information Goodreads: FableSeries: Fable #1Source: ARC from publisher giveawayPublished: September 1, 2020 Summary Left years ago by her father on an island of thieves, seventeen-year-old Fable has had to fend for herself. But she has a plan. She is going to work her way off the island, find her father, and reclaim what is hers. […]

Fable by Adrienne Young (ARC Review) — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

JFK and RFK: ‘The Brothers’ by David Talbot – Book Review

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There have been many books written about John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his brother, Robert Francis Kennedy, both victims of assassination. In my opinion this is one of the best.

Impeccably researched, this book, ‘The Brothers’ (Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster), written by David Talbot, roughly covers that roller coaster period from JFK‘s inauguration on January 20 1961 to the assassination of RFK on June 6 1968. It was a relatively short period of nearly seven and a half years, yet the whole world had been transformed — and mostly not for the better in my opinion.

Disaster and Tragedy

For me what makes this book stand out is the sheer number of interviews (150+) the author has carried out, with people who were there and in the know. For example, leaders like Fidel Castro of Cuba and Che Guevara seem to emerge like more rounded figures, not merely the one dimensional characters often portrayed in most media over the last sixty years.

More than this, the author tells is it how it was: from the disaster of the Bay of Pigs in 1961 and the sheer hatred generated among those who felt the newly elected president had let their side down by refusing to provide air cover, to the short, fraught, heroic, yet ultimately ill-fated and tragic presidential campaign of Robert Kennedy in the early summer of 1968.

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Conspiracies Galore

The author does not hold back on analysing the myriad conspiracy theories either, which began to emerge largely as a result of the voluminous criticism which gradually amassed after the publication of the Warren Commission Report in September 1964. And there were other doubters from the word go.

Most intriguing of all is his description of the torture Robert Kennedy went through following his brother’s death. Attorney General to JFK, he remained in his position until August 1964 when he decided to run for Senator of New York. It’s possible that RFK may have thought he was somehow responsible for not protecting his brother more during his presidency.

Treading a Very Fine Line

What is more, for the next four and a half years, up until his own death, Bobby too harboured strong suspicions that the whole truth about his brother’s death had not yet been told.

Nevertheless, in public he always retained a consistent front in support of the conclusions of the Warren Report. He was, in effect, seemingly keeping his powder dry until such a time he could investigate further from a position of strength – namely as President of the United States.

We all know this was not to be, that the so-called ‘Kennedy Curse’ was to strike once again. However, this is a very fine book and I was left feeling that a lot more light had been cast on those often dark, crazy, tempestuous, tortuous years into which I too had been thrown.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Steely Dan: Pick a Song — Ticket 2 Ride

Pick one song from each album and list why. I accept that challenge. Let’s roll. Can’t Buy a Thrill – “Do It Again” gets the nod. Some have called this a strong Latin beat, the percussion obviously drives this song and provides the framework for the electric piano and expressive guitar solos. The album […]

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Dark Side of the Moon or Led Zeppelin IV? — Ticket 2 Ride (Reblog)

Each album was career defining for the bands. Is one better than the other? No. It is just personal choice. These two albums are among the biggest sellers of the 1970s and are near the top of the greatest albums of all-time. I’m just telling you this in case you were in a coma back […]

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