Author true Littlemore, Stuart. Summary The irascible Harry Curry and beauteous Arabella Engineer are back in a new suite of legal misadventures and relationship jousts. In this final instalment of Stuart Littlemore's incisive crime collection, Harry and Arabella get down and domestic dealing with a baby on the way and the impending interruption to their lively legal careers. Harry comes to relish a spate of 'rats-and-mice' cases - the bottom of the courthouse barrel and as far from murder trials as you could get. Between forest protesters, a new Ferrari on the loose and a spot of rural cricket, this rakish legal scion must find a way to keep his professional and personal life from veering into chaos, or worse yet, monotony.
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Back at the abbey, the monks have deduced the idea of electricity from the fragments of information they hold, and have built a dynamo; they are apparently not opposed to technology as such. But for them, secular might and power count as nothing in the face of religious truth. The abbot welcomes Taddeo to the abbey, hoping a bridge can be built between the secular and the religious vision of knowledge. But is this possible? In the third section, major powers have arisen capable of space travel, and again armed with nuclear weapons, this time located in space. But surely they have learnt the lessons of the past?
For all that the subject matter of this book is grim, Walter Miller mostly writes with a light, even humorous touch. Readers are invited to smile at the superstitions of the monks, and to sympathise with the dilemmas of the abbots. We are given both sides of the debate, as in the rightness or otherwise of euthanasia in the third section.
But the secular view is never allowed to win and underneath, there is a hard line Roman Catholicism at work. The themes of the rise of technology, the meaning of Christianity and the lust for secular power — the result of unrestrained original sin — tie the sections together. The mysterious pilgrim also plays a part in all three sections. His war service also left him traumatised, particularly his part in bombing the Benedictine Abbey at Monte Cassino, as a result of which he embraced pacifism.
The possibility of nuclear annihilation now seems less urgent than other threats to the world and its environment, but in the s the crazy danger of the MAD policy — Mutually Assured Destruction — practised by both the Soviet Union and the West was a daily threat. Talk of fallout shelters and how they could be used was commonplace. So is this science fiction? You can read a little more about Walter Miller here. The Liberals may be doing their best to lose the election, but Labor still has to win it. And that narrative needs to be reducible to a three word slogan. Sorry, but there it is.
It could be four words, I suppose. But no more; it needs to fit on car stickers, banners, coreflutes, pamphlets etc. Your friendly bloggers and tweeps Vic and Cat Rollison and I will be the judges. The winner and two runners up will be submitted to the federal executive of the Labor Party. Oh well This is an appealing slogan because progressives can see that the Liberals are only interested in the big end of town, even though a fair go is supposed to be part of our national ethos.
Vote Labor. And there will be more of this; the fates of the minimum wage and penalty rates come to mind. So how about we make it positive? Three words. You can imagine the conservative response. Class War! Lifters and Leaners! Should this matter? We need to conserve Medicare. We need to conserve the minimum wage. We need to conserve affordable higher education. We need to conserve the ABC. We need to conserve the environment. Many of the institutions we have developed over the years are under ferocious attack by the Abbott government.
Labor has to promise to save them. This is not a traditional progressive view point, which usually encompasses change to existing ways of doing things. One is that there will have to be some changes to what is under attack in order to save it. Its whole narrative has to be about improvement. Just think of the field day the LNP would have. We protected Australia. Tempting, given the number of them —budget emergency, unsustainable Medicare, wages breakout, unstainable welfare system ete etc etc. But even I can see the problems with that one. Full employment means higher tax revenue — both income and consumption — and lower expenditure, in terms of welfare payments in both the short and long term, to say nothing of the dignity of labour.
We also know that there are already five unemployed people for every available job. And this is where things get really tough. A successful slogan has to encapsulate the Labor narrative. How can a slogan about jobs be meaningful under current circumstances? And even if Labor accepted this, what would it take to turn around the public perception of debt and deficit? So you can see why the Labor slogan is so elusive.
Good sloganeering! This is because Verghese did have some of the Ethiopian and American experiences he writes about, and also because his career, other than being a writer, is as a doctor. The extensive medical detail in the book reflects his lived experience. It took a while for me to get into this book, but then I found it hard to put down. The story begins with Marion Stone at the age of fifty looking back at his life in order to understand his relationship with his brother, and his father. Their mother, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, an Indian nun, died at their birth, and their father, Thomas Stone, a surgeon at the hospital, fled the country for reasons that seem heartless, but become clearer as the story unfolds.
The boys are brought up at the hospital by Hemlatha Hema and Ghosh, the doctors who separated them at birth. They grow up with an expatriate perspective on the richness and colour, but also the poverty and political instability of Ethiopia.
Each goes on to pursue a career in medicine, but of completely different kinds. And then there is Genet, the Eritrean girl they have grown up with. Where does it all go wrong? The book is divided into four parts, though parts one and two only make up a third of the book.
We know from the prelude that Marion is trying to reconstruct his past, and most of the book is narrated by him in the first person. However there is only so much that he can recount from personal knowledge, so the story in the shorter parts one and two is carried by others, such as Hema and Ghosh. These sections of the story, including that relating to his mother, are told in the third person. Later is the book, Verghese relies on having another important character tell his story to Marion. I find this mixing of first and third party accounts to be an annoying device, and it probably accounts for my initial difficulty in getting into the story.
Once Marion takes over in part three, I felt much more comfortable with it. Part three is his growing up in Addis Ababa, part four his time in America. However there are some events which are crucial to the story — two in particular — which happen, as it were, off-stage. But their actions are ultimately a function of plot more than character; they do what they must do for the working out of the mechanics of the story.
And these mechanics are to my mind just a bit artificial. I was completely convinced by Marion, Hema and Ghosh, but not quite fully convinced by Sava and Genet. The book is very long, largely because Verghese loves detail. And much of it is fascinating. You may or may not like the attention given to surgical procedures — it got a bit much for me sometimes — but it certainly gives a strong sense of reality to the book.
The title, Cutting for Stone , is taken from a version of the Hippocratic oath which enjoins doctors not to operate to remove bladder presumably? There is also division and conflict in Ethiopia. Perhaps the point is that cutting is one side of the coin and healing is the other — just as Marion is the mirror image of Shiva.
Both of the twins, Hema, Ghosh and Thomas Stone all seek to heal, which is what I guess this book is ultimately about. Marion cannot heal the rifts in Ethiopian society, but he does what he can to heal its inhabitants. You can read more about Abraham Verghese here , and note the places where his experiences, and those he gives to Marion, coincide. And here is an interesting TED video in which he talks about the need for the human touch in medicine. One of the things that came of it is one of my favourite books, The Intellectuals and the Masses by John Carey, so naturally I was interested to see the upbringing and outlook that produced it.
But I was fascinated by the comparison of his student life at Oxford, and mine at a provincial university in the colonies, where Oxford set standards that were never quite lived up to. John Carey was a scholarship boy, the product of a good grammar school classical education; no one was exposed to that sort of education in post-WWII Australia, so a restrictive Oxbridge syllabus was fortunately never possible here. In later years he did much to change this, to the great annoyance of some of his colleagues.
He also tried to ensure that students received better teaching, in terms of how to read, what to read and how to criticise — an area where some Australian academics might have benefited from following his lead. Carey researched and taught at a number of Oxford colleges during his long academic career. From the first, he was aware of the class distinctions that operated in most of them, Balliol being an honourable exception. But it was the sense of superiority evinced by many of the academic staff that was the seed that germinated as The Intellectuals and the Masses.
Carey comes from a solid middle class background, of parents who had no particular aspirations towards high culture. His father was an accountant, understandably proud of his clever son. It occurred to Carey that people like the snobbish don he met at Christ Church — who pointedly refrained from ever addressing the young Carey — would despise his parents, and that thought eventually turned into The Intellectuals and the Masses.
Lawrence, one of the writers he uses as an example. Others he comments on are T. Eliot, Ezra Pound, W. Yeats and H. Needless to say this analysis was met with howls of fury, but I found it wonderfully liberating. But he is more broadly known for his collections of reportage and science writing.
More recently he again shocked his academic colleagues with a small book entitled What Use Are the Arts? You can read a little more about Professor Carey here , including a list of his major works, and an interesting profile of him here. Or, of course, The Intellectuals and the Masses. To say nothing of two films, and over three million Facebook likes.
To put this into perspective, Harry Potter, with whom Percy Jackson is inevitably compared, has over seven and a half million. The Olympians are not athletes. They are gods. Riordan is playing with the idea that the old Greek gods, and their entourage of heroes, satyrs, naiads, dryads and assorted monsters never disappeared, and have on occasion, taken a hand in human history — eg Prohibition was a punishment imposed by Zeus on Dionysus. He is helped by Annabeth, another half-god, a daughter of Athena, and Grover, a satyr who hides his hairy hind quarters and hoofs under baggy jeans and sneakers.
Together, they have a series of adventures, some of which resemble those of Perseus, some call Hercules to mind, and one even seems to come from The Odyssey. This book can be read simply as a coming of age story of a boy capable of magic in some form — as in stories by authors as various as Tolkein, C.
Lewis, Ursula Le Guin, J. Rowling, Lev Grossman or Alison Croggon to name but a few. And as in most of these coming of age stories, Percy has to learn how to use his magic gifts. Alternatively, you can enjoy picking up the references to the feats of the mythological Heroes. One criticism of the book is that it has rather too much in common with other stories about magic, particularly the Harry Potter books.
Harry has Hermione, Percy has Annabeth. In both, the magic world exists alongside the ordinary one, but cannot be seen by normal humans. And so on. Riordan seems to mass produce Percy and the various other spinoff series, and it shows in his episodic plotting and rather stereotyped characterisation. But some of the imagery of the underworld, and the role of the Harpies there, are good.
But in this section, the books bear comparison. The five chapters of the book cover five legal cases Harry Curry presumably a pun on Hari Kari is involved in.
The first three cases operate on this basis. Harry gets his licence back and the next two cases are joint operations between them. Of course there is the issue of their relationship, but for me, the interest is in what happens in the court room. Littlemore is a senior barrister — a QC — who works in the area of criminal law. The cases in the book are almost certainly versions of the real thing taken from his experience, though perhaps what he wished had happened, rather than what did. The old Perry Mason tradition of court room drama involves the defence team getting their client off by doing the detective work of finding who really did it.
These stories are not like that; they depend on the defence finding reasons in law that can be argued in favour of their client. I find it easy to believe he is a very good barrister. A major theme of the book is justice, for the innocent and the guilty alike.
What do barristers do when they are certain that their client is guilty? They defend them by all available means. Anyone can get an innocent person off. But one of my reservations about the book is whether Harry is a bit too good to be true. Another slight reservation is whether Harry is a bit too much the stereotypical Establishment black sheep. His father is an eminent QC, now suffering from dementia.
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Harry, product of a public school and good university, knows everyone in the legal world; he just chooses not to share their lifestyle aspirations. He drives a Jag, but it belongs to a client doing ten years for importing drugs. A little too insouciant? But maybe Littlemore knew of such a circumstance. Would you want that to be generally known?
But these are trivial reservations. Australian readers who think they know the name Littlemore in another context are right. But maybe the Secretary to the Prime Minister is giving his boss a bit of advice as well. One: Develop a clear narrative consistent with Liberal philosophy. The Liberals already have a perfectly clear and consistent narrative: take from the poor and give to the rich, otherwise known as supply side economics. The problem is that if this narrative were actually spelt out, it would be deeply unpopular electorally. If you want an alternative economic narrative, read this article about how we need to build a combination of business capital, infrastructure, human capital, intellectual capital, natural capital and social capital.