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Pierre Gauthier

Montréal
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  • Enlightenment Now

  • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • De : Steven Pinker
  • Lu par : Arthur Morey
  • Durée : 19 h et 49 min
  • Version intégrale
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    4 out of 5 stars 4

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West but worldwide.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing!

  • Auteur(s) : Pierre Gauthier le 17/03/2019

Disappointing!

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 17/03/2019

In this exceedingly long work, Steven Pinker defends the position that mankind currently lives in the best period in all its history. He convincingly supports this with abundant statistics, touching health, murder rate, wars, etc.

Sadly, the author repeats himself, to the extent of defeating his thesis. Also, he is overly adamant with those with whom he disagrees, including the Catholic Church. Tolerance, an essential component of enlightenment, is not displayed, particularly in the latter part of the book.

In the audio version, the graphs included in a PDF attachment are very disappointing, strictly in black and white and poorly laid out, with little respect for the buyer.

Overall, a summary of this work is enough to grasp its message and it appears by no means worthwhile to invest time and money to the whole thing.

  • The Golden Thread

  • How Fabric Changed History
  • De : Kassia St Clair
  • Lu par : Helen Johns
  • Durée : 11 h et 26 min
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    4 out of 5 stars 2
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    3 out of 5 stars 1
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    3 out of 5 stars 1

From the mummies of Ancient Egypt, via the silken dragon robes of Imperial China and the woollen sails of Viking longboats to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution (and sparked more than one war), arriving finally at the lab-blended fibres that have allowed astronauts to moonwalk - fabrics, man-made and natural, have changed and shaped the world we live in. In 12 fascinating chapters, Kassia St Clair lays out an alternative history of civilisation and human creativity. Wittily written and compellingly argued, this book will change the way you see the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating but Incomplete!

  • Auteur(s) : Pierre Gauthier le 17/03/2019

Fascinating but Incomplete!

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 17/03/2019

This original work deals with textiles, a topic rarely covered with a historical perspective, perhaps because it is associated almost exclusively with women in most cultures.

Clearly, much research was carried out in devising the book. It is fascinating for instance to learn more about say the place of cotton in Ancient Egypt, how the sails of Viking ships were (astonishingly) made of wool and how highly resistant suits constitute a central component of space travel.

Sadly, however, there is no conducting thread (no pun intended). The reader is presented with a series of well-developed vignettes, grossly placed in chronological order. It feels as if the author started out to write a history of textiles, got lost in specific details and finally published a collage (not to say a quilt).

Despite this major shortcoming, the novelty of the topic makes this work quite worthwhile.

  • The Gene

  • An Intimate History
  • De : Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Lu par : Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Durée : 19 h et 22 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Substantial but Drawn Out!

  • Auteur(s) : Pierre Gauthier le 17/03/2019

Substantial but Drawn Out!

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 17/03/2019

In this rather lengthy work, in accordance with the book’s title, the author intertwines his own family’s history of mental illnesses with that of the discovery and (relative) taming of genes.

Clearly, much research has gone into this endeavour. It is quite interesting to learn more for instance of Darwin’s circumstances or of that of Gregor Mendel. Sadly, however, more recent rivalries concerning say the decoding of the human genome are of little interest. The same applies to the author’s family’s woes.

Overall, the work would have gained much by being edited to perhaps half its current extent.

As it stands, it can hardly be recommended to anyone.

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • De : Agatha Christie
  • Lu par : Hugh Fraser
  • Durée : 6 h et 54 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Worthwhile!

  • Auteur(s) : Pierre Gauthier le 17/03/2019

Very Worthwhile!

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5 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 17/03/2019

Well, Agatha Christie’s novels age very well!

I read this one as a teenager some decades ago and remembered some of the plot and characters but not all the details. This second reading proved to be both grasping and highly entertaining.

Incidentally, having followed Downton Abbey allows one to better understand the butler’s, housekeeper’s and parlour maid’s functions in the large country estate which constitutes the novel’s setting.

Overall, this work is highly recommended.

  • The High Cost of Free Parking, Updated Edition

  • De : Donald Shoup
  • Lu par : Mike Chamberlain
  • Durée : 23 h et 47 min
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    2 out of 5 stars 1
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    3 out of 5 stars 1
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    2 out of 5 stars 1

In this no-holds-barred treatise, Donald Shoup argues that free parking has contributed to auto dependence, rapid urban sprawl, extravagant energy use, and a host of other problems. Planners mandate free parking to alleviate congestion but end up distorting transportation choices, debasing urban design, damaging the economy, and degrading the environment. Ubiquitous free parking helps explain why our cities sprawl on a scale fit more for cars than for people. But it doesn't have to be this way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Illuminating but Aggravating!

  • Auteur(s) : Pierre Gauthier le 02/03/2019

Illuminating but Aggravating!

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 02/03/2019

In this very long work, Professor Donald Shoup sets out to demonstrate the ill effects of free parking on urban living and the economy in general.

He forcefully sets out three main points:
• That curb parking should vary through the day and the year so that occupancy should be around 85%;
• That parking meter revenues should accrue at least partially to the neighbourhood where they are drawn, for instance as investments in upkeeping the public domain;
• That parking standards in zoning codes should be abolished.

These theses probably make perfect sense to most of his readers. Thus, it is very unfortunate, and indeed counterproductive, that he should repeat himself over and over again to prove his points. In so doing, he probably only succeeds in aggravating many.

  • Lion

  • De : Saroo Brierley
  • Lu par : Julien Allouf
  • Durée : 6 h et 22 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

C'est un jour comme un autre dans la vie de Saroo. Le garçon, âgé de cinq ans, est dans une gare du fin fond de l'Inde en train de ramasser quelques pièces lorsqu'il monte dans un train à quai. Le lendemain, Saroo se réveille à Calcutta. Dans l'immense ville, il est complètement seul, sans aucun papier. Il est recueilli par un orphelinat où, quelques mois plus tard, un couple d'Australiens va l'adopter. Saroo grandit, mais, depuis l'Australie, il pense toujours à sa famille biologique. Pendant 25 ans, il scrute les villages indiens sur Internet, à la recherche d'images familières.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent !

  • Auteur(s) : Carine CB le 18/12/2018

Excellent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 17/02/2019

Ce livre constitue un complément au film qui est fort précieux. Ainsi, la couleur de l’Inde y est par exemple moins vive mais on suit de manière beaucoup plus détaillée la quête de l’auteur sur Internet _ qui est par définition moins télégénique. Aussi, le retour en Inde est plus élaboré que dans le film et l’intrigue se poursuit plus avant dans le temps. Étrangement, certains personnages, dont le frère de l’auteur, sont beaucoup moins développés dans le livre.

La traduction en français est sans faille, signe sans doute que le bouquin a été bien rédigé dans la version originale.

Il est recommandé sans hésitation à tous ceux qui ont apprécié cette histoire fascinante qui touche notamment les thèmes de l’identité, des inégalités économiques et de la puissance des technologies actuelles.

  • Call Me by Your Name

  • A Novel
  • De : André Aciman
  • Lu par : Armie Hammer
  • Durée : 7 h et 43 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 79
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    5 out of 5 stars 76
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    5 out of 5 stars 76

Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A touch of summer

  • Auteur(s) : Kapétanovic le 01/03/2018

A Very Relevant Complement to the Movie

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 20/01/2019

Though certainly not earth-shattering, this novel is incomparably superior to the movie made in 2017.

This, for many reasons:

- the novel is entirely narrated from Elio’s point of view, what provides coherence to the plot while maintaining mystery around Oliver;
- the epilogue is much more detailed, and the very essence of the conclusion is different from the movie’s, the novel ending with the work’s title and giving it true meaning;
- what Elio describes as the « best night in his life » in the novel is completely absent from the movie!
- there is no mumble-jumble of languages in the written work and although the novel was written in English, everyone is understood to be habitually speaking Italian.

Given the author’s biography and the fact he identifies the novel’s location only with the initial B, it can be interpreted as autobiographical. No doubt, with embellishments were made as many details appear highly unrealistic.

Those who have seen the movie will benefit greatly from the novel. Those who have not may abstain without great loss.

  • Lord Jim

  • De : Joseph Conrad
  • Lu par : Gene Engene
  • Durée : 13 h et 11 min
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    2 out of 5 stars 1
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    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    2 out of 5 stars 1

Jim is a young man who has chosen a career with the Merchant Marines. Early on he is tested by the sea and found wanting. His ship founders on the high seas and sinks. Disregarding the passengers, Jim and the rest of the crew manage to escape in lifeboats. The passengers die with the ship. Haunted by his one act of cowardice, Jim wanders from port to port in search of self-respect. He manages to redeem himself and earn the title of Lord Jim in a dangerous and exciting fashion.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Feelings!

  • Auteur(s) : Pierre Gauthier le 05/01/2019

Mixed Feelings!

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 05/01/2019

This very long novel could be considered as two. The first part is enthralling and presents the subtle and intricate story of a shipman accused of not living up to his duties. The second part is a rather banal pirate story involving the same shipman but where his role is almost secondary.

This work was apparently initially published in instalments and sadly it shows: some sections clearly appear drawn out. The overall writing style is very formal and quaintly distant from realism. The multiple shifts from one narrator to another may be considered artistic by some and confusing by others.

Published at the very beginning of the 20th century, the novel reflects a bygone imperialist world in the exotic South Pacific. Some contemporary readers may be surprised or even dismayed at its matter-of-fact sexism and racism. Indeed, not only is no significant character a woman or a “non-white” but disparaging comments are casually made throughout the work regarding all but white men.

Overall, this classic novel is of interest as a witness of its times but is by no means of utmost pertinence in the 21st century.

It must be mentioned that the audiobook presents technical shortcomings and that strange metallic sounds can be perceived here and then throughout the work.

  • Everybody Lies

  • Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
  • De : Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Steven Pinker - foreword
  • Lu par : Tim Andres Pabon
  • Durée : 7 h et 39 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    5 out of 5 stars 8
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

By the end of on average day in the early 21st century, human beings searching the Internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information - unprecedented in history - can tell us a great deal about who we are - the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than 20 years ago seemed unfathomable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind Opening!

  • Auteur(s) : Pierre Gauthier le 01/01/2019

Mind Opening!

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5 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 01/01/2019

In this fascinating book, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz vividly succeeds in demonstrating the pertinence of using big data and in outlining the tremendous future positive impacts it should have in social sciences.

The examples he brings up are wide-ranging, from the impact of racism on US presidential election results to the factors affecting the future performance of race horses or baseball players. Indeed, at times, the text appears almost disjointed, a consequence perhaps of bringing together data from a certain number of the newspaper columns he has written in the New York Times.

The writing style is at once generous, personal and warm. Though the author makes multiple references to his personal situation and to his family, these somehow are never excessive nor aggravating. He succeeds as promised in producing a witty conclusion, “with a twist”.

It must be underscored that the text is specifically adapted for the audiobook version, in full respect of the times and of listeners. In addition, a PDF “enhancement” presenting various graphs, tables and illustrations is graciously included with the purchase.

Overall, this synthetic and substantial offering is warmly recommended to all interested in current intellectual developments.

  • La puissance de la joie

  • De : Frédéric Lenoir
  • Lu par : David Manet
  • Durée : 3 h et 56 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

"Existe-t-il une expérience plus désirable que celle de la joie ? Plus intense et plus profonde que le plaisir, plus concrète que le bonheur, la joie est la manifestation de notre puissance vitale. La joie ne se décrète pas, mais peut-on l'apprivoiser ? La provoquer ? La cultiver ? J'aimerais proposer ici une voie d'accomplissement de soi fondée sur la puissance de la joie."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Quelle salade!

  • Auteur(s) : Pierre Gauthier le 29/12/2018

Quelle salade!

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1 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 29/12/2018

Dans « Le miracle Spinoza » ou « Du bonheur : un voyage philosophique », Frédéric Lenoir éblouit le lecteur par son érudition et par la profondeur de sa réflexion. Malheureusement, dans « La puissance de la joie », il se départit de toute saine distanciation et frôle une approche de croissance personnelle en tombant dans le « je, me, moi ».

Ainsi, il y fait part au lecteur de son séjour dans le mouroir de Mère Térésa, de son noviciat dans un monastère catholique, de la psychanalyse qui lui a permis de résoudre ses difficultés relationnelles avec son père, etc. Même si le tout comprend de multiples références à divers penseurs, cela transpire le narcissisme et est d’un intérêt bien limité. De plus, ce court ouvrage comprend moultes redites et reprend même in extenso l’histoire de Zachée citée dans un livre précédent.

Il vaut donc mieux éviter complètement cet ouvrage qui ne fait pas honneur à l’intelligence et au talent de son auteur.

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