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Monday, May 29, 2017

Review: الله والإنسان

الله والإنسان الله والإنسان by مصطفى محمود
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book came with the caveat that the author wrote it when he was in "doubt", and later went on to renounce and refute it. I knew I wasn't going to like it.

It has some strange thoughts, indeed, but what got my attention is that this guy is really well-read, unlike many today who make pretensions to erudition upon reading an article or two online--and NOT scientific articles, mind you. No, the author had read philosophy and science (and even literature) and makes references to support the arguments he presents here.

Again, I do not agree with most of the arguments, but the method the author employs is truly laudable.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Of course, this isn't a bird-hunting handbook. It was mighty stupid of me to think it sounded like it.

I seldom like modern novels (yes, I consider 1960 kind of recent), but without a doubt, this is one of the best novels I've ever read. The characters, the narration, the story line, and even the accent; I liked it all. The plot only climaxes around the middle, but I enjoyed it highly even before that.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was mistaken to think this was a children's book--not only because of the difficulty of its language (it took me two weeks to read, mind you), but also the nature of the notions discussed therein. Of course, I thought that because we had it in Ladybird-picture-book format in our childhood.

The aspect I found most enjoyable was that you couldn't tell when the author was being sarcastic (if at all, that is); the way he would describe people of certain vocations (e.g., lawyers, doctors) is so straightforward it's almost comical.

This book is basically a polemic against humans in general and their ridiculous ways. As much as I hate saying this, read it at your own risk.

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