Geoffrey Fox

Reflections & Inquiries

La Commune de Paris par une que l’a vécu

2020.07.20

C’est la nuit surtout que le combat devient furieux by Alix Payen My rating: 5 of 5 stars [I intended to post this review on the French book site Babelio, but haven’t yet managed their tricky requirements. Meanwhile, I’m placing it here. In brief, this little book is a collection of letters written to her … read more »

Blood, sex and (a little) politics in the Paris Commune

2020.07.15

Le Cri du peuple by Jean Vautrin My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is an immensely agitated, minutely detailed, ridiculously plotted police thriller, full of exaggerated characters, improbable coincidence and lots and lots of blood and sex, set in Paris during the 1871 Commune. An emotionally disturbed cop and ex chain-gang convict (Charles Bassoucissé, … read more »

Olof Palme and all he represented

2020.06.11

News that the Swedish chief prosecutor has finally identified the murderer of  Prime Minister Olof Palme in Stockholm, slain in the last hour of the last day of February, 1986, as Palme and his wife were walking  toward the subway after seeing a movie, has made me feel again something of the shock I felt  … read more »

From the confused little country

2020.03.30

Les Aurores montréales by Monique Proulx My rating: 5 of 5 stars I must have bought this book on my last trip to Montreal, more than 20 years ago, but only now got around to reading it. Brilliant portraits of very different lives in this complex, vibrant metropolis, from the points of view of sophisticated … read more »

Monkey King to the rescue

2020.01.26

Ms. Ming’s Guide to Civilization by Jan Alexander My rating: 4 of 5 stars A fabulous romp about two adventuresses, together seeking to surf the roaring wave of capitalism sweeping through China, New York and other places and leaving broken families, broken hearts and broken villages in its wake. Can Ms. Ming, born in one … read more »