Che Guevara’s Reading List

Ernesto “Che” Guevara (14th of June 1928 to 9th of October 1967) was a major figure of the Cuban Revolution, and has since become a pervasive symbol of counterculture and rebellion in popular culture. He became radicalised by the poverty and unfair treatment he witnessed as he travelled Latin America. Che has since become a polarised figure in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, songs, and films.

Che was a well read and well travelled, intelligent man who often found mental refuge in literature. His reading list offers an insight into the deep thinking man he was, and reflects much of his ideals.

His choice of reading material influenced him greatly and makes for a fascinating list. We have compiled 10 of the most interesting of Che Guevara’s choices for your enjoyment and interest…

1. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda



6. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

Unintentional Innuendo Found In Innocent Books

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A while back we showed you 20 Unintentional Innuendo Book Titles to make you giggle and guffaw, and they proved to be a huge hit.

After much perusing of the web we have found a fresh collection of unintentional innuendo found in books… This time within the text itself. They are absolutely innocent children’s books, however grown ups do have the habit of discovering innuendo where there should be none.

Prepare to be slightly disgusted at both the innuendo, and at yourself for laughing.

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Phillip Pullman Explains His Influences and Inspiration

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Phillip Pullman’s new addition to the His Dark Materials series comes not a moment too soon for fans of his writing. The first book in the newest trilogy The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, was due for release on the 19th of October 2017 but had an accidental early release 15 days before its due date. 

Pullman described the book as not a prequel, but an equel. A series not to stand before or after the novels that concluded in 2005, but ones that will stand beside them. The stories follow “the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organisation, which wants to stifle speculation and enquiry, and those who believe thought and speech should be free”.

Pullman spoke to the media about his inspiration behind his well-loved stories, and what has influenced his writing and characters over the years.

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To Kill a Mockingbird Removed from Mississippi School Reading List

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic novel about racism in the American South has been removed from a school’s reading list because language in the book “makes people uncomfortable.”

The Biloxi school board this week decided that the novel should be removed from the curriculum, though it will still be available in the school’s library. The vice-president of the school board told the Sun Herald newspaper that they had received several complaints about the book because the language it uses makes people feel uncomfortable.

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A Guide To Spotting Fake Reviews Online

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After Hillary Clinton’s memoir “What Happened” was released, and received reviews almost immediately, Amazon had to delete hundreds of unverified reviews from the site.

It can be worrying for any online shopper to purchase something without recommendation, and many of us look to reviews to help determine whether the purchase worth our money.

Sometimes it is not obvious at first glance that a review is fake, and bought or planted by promoters of the product. Floship have provided a useful guide to spotting fakery in reviews, particularly Amazon reviews, besides the usual ‘Verified Reviewer’ clue.

Follow the link below to see the full article and save yourself a lot of bother with fake reviews online!

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Novel Rejected Over 30 Times For Being “Too Gay”

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A novel has been rejected over 30 times by publishers who cited that it was “too niche” just because it centred on a gay character. It was also said the story of Charlie Matthews’ obsession with Madonna was “too working class, too 80s, too immersed in pop culture, and too gay”.

The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain is a family drama and sees the protagonist Charlie’s obsession with the pop star Madonna. His infatuation with her “sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school; fitting in at a posh university; a glamorous career in London; finding boyfriends; getting rid of boyfriends; growing up and family heartbreak”.

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