Already on ArticleSlash?

Forgot your password? Sign Up
 Article Directory   Author   Philip Spires
 

Philip Spires  RSS Feed

Published Articles:38
Total Article Views:13,450 (unique visitors)
Total Article Rank:1 /5 (2 Ratings)
Philip Spires
(USA)Author

Philip Spires's Articles

Articles by: Philip Spires

Recent Articles

The Destiny of Natalie X by William Boyd

An aspect of William Boyd's writing that always seems close to the surface of his work is an examination of selfishness. At the very least, his characters fulfil their self-interest. One recalls how ..
(October 23, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Short-Stories | Visitors: 375

The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

Over forty years ago a new English teacher at my school answered a question asked by an eager student. The question was, “What do you think is the greatest novel written in English?" He didn't ..
(October 23, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 620

A Valley Side Too Far - Resistance by Owen Sheers

In Resistance Owen Sheers re-writes the history of World War Two. Germany has invaded Britain. The United States, having suffered reversals both east and west, has retreated home to navel gaze. ..
(October 23, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 272

Prisoners of Ideology - Angels and Insects by A S Byatt

Angels and Insects is an intriguing pair of novellas. At one level it examines the complexities of human relationships, especially those incorporated within marriage and the family. It identifies ..
(October 04, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 258

Lives in Time - The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

For me, The Amateur Marriage represents the sixth time I have read one of Anne Tyler's novels. On the surface it's the story of Michael and Pauline. They meet by chance in 1941 in Anton's, the ..
(October 05, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 252

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is a compelling portrait of people on the downside of a dystopia. Like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale or J G Ballard's Kingdom come, Never Let me Go is built ..
(August 19, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 265

A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White

A reviewer of A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White is presented with a number of problems, In the paraphrased words of one of the book's characters, there may be a lot in the wash, but eventually not ..
(August 06, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Biographies-Memoirs | Visitors: 688

Poisoned Petals by Andy Crabb

Poisoned Petals by Andy Crabb is a set of over forty short stories, tales with a Spanish flavour. Most are set in Spain, with many featuring locations and people from within the Costa Blanca, where ..
(August 17, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Short-Stories | Visitors: 404

A Walk Up Fifth Avenue by Bernard Levin

Bernard Levin begins A Walk Up Fifth Avenue with three quotations from descriptions of New York City. These date from 1916, 1929 and 1949 and were written by Jane Kilmer, Theodore Dreiser and E. B. ..
(August 18, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Travel-Leisure | Visitors: 342

Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel

Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel is a novel set in Samoa, a novel that won the Commonwealth Writers Prize. At one level it is a simple story of one girl's journey through childhood and ..
(June 18, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 734

The Spanish Inquisition An Historical Revision by Henry Kamen

Henry Kamen´s The Spanish Inquisition is an amazing experience. It is a highly detailed, supremely scholarly and ultimately enlightening account of an historical phenomenon whose identity and ..
(June 18, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/History | Visitors: 733

The Way to Paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa

I rarely read novels more than once. There are some I have read several times, but the list might just run to double figures. I have read The Way To Paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa twice, but not for ..
(June 30, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 268

Ashes to the Vistula by Bill Copeland

"The insanity of war has robbed me of everything I knew and loved. " These are the words of Filip Stitchko, a Pole, a concentration camp kapo, an overseer, a policeman in Auschwitz. And, by the time ..
(July 03, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 236

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Anyone who has lived in London could place the Common that forms a geographical centrepiece in The End Of The Affair by Graham Greene. It doesn't really matter if it's the particular place one thinks .
(July 08, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 513

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

The Inheritance Of Loss by Kiran Desai is a magnificent, impressive novel that ultimately is disappointing. As a process, the book is almost stunningly good. As a product, it falls short. The book's .
(July 11, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 381

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote was published in 1966, and is based on events that happened almost fifty years ago. The events were real. This is not a work of fiction. The Clutters, an appropriately ..
(July 14, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Non-Fiction | Visitors: 608

Towards Asmara by Thomas Keneally

Towards Asmara by Thomas Keneally was eventually disappointing. As a process, the experience was strewn with beauty, vivid images and arresting phrases. The author, for instance, described desert ..
(July 19, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 234

Faith in Fakes by Umberto Eco

Faith In Fakes by Umberto Eco is a superbly entertaining beginner's guide to semiotics. To what? Semiotics is the study and interpretation of symbols. In our increasingly iconic age, the discipline ..
(July 29, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Non-Fiction | Visitors: 602

A Gun For Sale By Graham Greene

On the face of it, A Gun For Sale by Graham Greene is a genre thriller, featuring a crime committed by a confessed and declared villain, followed by a police pursuit. In the hands of a great writer, ..
(April 02, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 325

Stamboul Train By Graham Greene

Stamboul Train was the novel that made Graham Greene's name. Published in 1932, it catalogues a train journey that, a few years later, would have been impossible, a journey across Europe that was ..
(April 02, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently 1.00/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 288

Mission - Some Extracts From The Novel

The title of Mission's first chapter is Michael. Here is how it starts . . . Enter Michael, dishevelled and panting. His movements are hurried, agitated and anxious. The kitchen door creaks on its ..
(April 10, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Arts-and-Entertainment | Visitors: 417

Mukiwa by Peter Godwin

Peter Godwin certainly has a story to tell. It's a story of an idyllic, if unusual childhood, a disrupted but eventually immensely successful education, military service and then two careers, one in ..
(April 10, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 612

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Sometimes, when reading a big book, one gets the feeling that the author set out to achieve size, as if that in itself might suggest certain adjectives from a reader or reviewer - weighty, ..
(March 23, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 332

Fatelessness By Imre Kertesz

Some writers try to shock. At least it often seems that they embark upon a novel with that in mind. They create books set in times of conflict, amid war or pestilence, where the context is vivid, ..
(March 23, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews/Fiction | Visitors: 287

Spoo Portal Browser

On The Yankee Station by William Boyd is a series of short stories, the longest of which provides the title for the set. This particular story is a superb piece of short fiction, much more than a ..
(March 26, 2008)
 | 
  • Currently nan/5
 | Book-Reviews | Visitors: 265