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Books Read in February

Leninsky Prospekt by Katherine Bucknell is a little bit long-winded at times. It is a very
interesting psychological study set in the early sixties in Russia
when the Cold War is at its height. The heroine, Nina, is the
daughter of an American who actually defected to Russia. When he
died she had a hard time escaping back to America with her

Now she is back in Russia because she is married to an American
diplomat. The contrasts between the Russian and American
character is well-delineated, I think, although I have not had
that much to do with Russians!

The Masterpiece by Emile Zola is an enjoyable classic based on Zola's friendship
with the Impressionists. His descriptions of Paris are wonderful
and his main character, Claude, is sympathetic with his youthful
enthusiasm and ambition. However, as he becomes more passionate
about his art and his pursuit of the 'great work' at all costs, he
becomes more irritating but a truthful embodiment of obsession.

Autobiography of My Moth…


Sometimes I will post about interesting websites here. Music Nation is a great new way for new bands to be discovered or to discover new bands. If you belong to a band, why not upload your videos here. You can redirect your fans to your website or Myspace. Best of all, bands whose videos are popular have a chance at being signed by the partner of Music Nation: EPIC RECORDS.

Music Nationis also a great place to share your favorite band’s videos. Just paste the YouTube URL into the system and it’s there for others to enjoy. You can listen to any type of music here and show anything that you like to your friends.

Music Nation also runs cool competitions. Bands can compete and win coverage in Spin Magazine, gigs at SXSW, trips to Sundance and even recording contracts.

So try Music Nation now!

Soon I will write about some good books on music.

A Much Maligned Princess: Princess Margaret: A Life Unravelled by Tim Heald

Tim Heald doesn't unravel Princess Margaret's life at all in this book, which was very disappointing. He fails to analyse the important relationships in her life - with her husband and family - except, perhaps, for the tragic one with Peter Townsend. He doesn't really give a good account of why her marriage failed. He focuses on her royal duties and seems to become somewhat bored with his subject. Perhaps this was because he tried to avoid writing about scandal. This was good, but makes the book less interesting!

The Princess was very close to her sister, but once Elizabeth became Queen she had to live in her shadow. She found this difficult and she was often given royal duties that no one else wanted. Later the next generation took over and she had to live in their shadow as well, although she might not have minded this because royal duties sound fairly dull most of the time.

I thought that it was no wonder that Townsend and Margaret had a relationship because he was …