Geoffrey Fox

Reflections & Inquiries

How to save Europe

2018.04.07 - Tags:

Chronicles: On Our Troubled Times by Thomas Piketty My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a translation of monthly articles written between 2008 and 2015 for Libération, devoted almost entirely to the crises before the European Union and Piketty’s proposals of how to confront them. Though written before Trump, Brexit or the Catalonian secession … read more »

Lives, loves and ambitions in the Paris Commune

2018.03.12

Comme une rivière bleue by Michèle Audin My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Comme une rivière bleue” was journalist Jules Vallès’s description of the collective excitement of many, probably most, Parisians on the day their long-dreamed of commune was made a reality, 28 March 1871. For Michèle Audin, the flow of the “blue river” is … read more »

Rhetorical surprise, multilayered memories

2018.03.10

Nabokov’s Dozen: A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ by Vladimir Nabokov My rating: 4 of 5 stars Most of these stories are simple, more or less obvious tales of slight emotional impact, but constructed artfully and with exceptionally rich vocabulary and phrasing. They merit frequent re-readings — not because they are at all difficult to understand … read more »

Leviathan tragedy

2018.03.09

Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville My rating: 5 of 5 stars Overwhelming! Seems as huge as the great whale itself! That central story, Captain Ahab’s obsessive pursuit of the monster that has maimed him, is powerful in itself, but the impact of the book builds through all the many digressions and side stories which … read more »

Unresolved obsessions

2018.01.24

The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster My rating: 3 of 5 stars Three clever and deliberately unsatisfying mysteries are linked by their recurrent themes and character names. They are unsatisfying because their puzzles are not solved nor solvable, nor even completely comprehensible, though the speculations they provoke are entertaining. Each story features a male … read more »

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