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Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten

Les Accommodements raisonnables

Les Accommodements raisonnables - Jean-Paul Dubois - Hello?

- Have we met?

- Well, no, but I saw you go into the elevator, and I thought, maybe he will want to film my novel...

- OK buddy, you have three minutes. Shoot.

- Basically, it's a French version of The Loved One, but with more sex, and he mocks M. Sarkozy as well...

- Keep talking.

- The hero, he is French like me, he is a scriptwriter, he goes to Hollywood. His wife is having a crise psychologique. His father has inherited a lot of money and become very strange.

- We'll have to play down the family stuff. Too depressing.

- He meets a young woman who looks like his wife, 25 years ago.

- You said there was sex?

- He fucks her from behind while she is holding a large mushroom.

- I'm sorry?

- I said, he fucks...

- OK, I guess I heard you right the first time. Jesus Christ. You French people come up with some weird ideas.

- Really, the mushroom symbolizes...

- Look, I'm not sure we'll use this mushroom. Something tells me it won't play to the 16-24 demographic. Is there a happy ending?

- Ah, yes, you could say it is a happy end. But really, the book is about the relationship between la pragmatisme and l'idealisme, this is the meaning of the title, which is partly but not completely ironique...

- The philosophy won't play either. Is there any more sex?

- Indeed, there is an emotionally charged and ambiguous scene where he makes love with his wife...

- Well, your three minutes are up. Mr Dubois, it's been a privilege to meet you. I like your idea. I really like it. No, don't call us, we'll call you...