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Title:The Misogynist
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The Misogynist by Piers Paul Read

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Jomier broods He broods about the present He broods about the past He types his gloomy thoughts onto his computer screen a digital journal When he has nothing more to say about the present he returns to the past copying entries from old notebooks onto his computer Jomier has reached the age of retirement What will he do, Sir Alec Guinness was one of the greatest actors of the twentieth century With a talent recognised by discerning critics from his very first appearance on the stage he gained a world wide reputation playing roles on the screen such as Fagin in Oliver Twist and Sidney Stratton in The Man in the White Suit His performance as Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai won him an Oscar and in his later years he captivated a new generation of admirers as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Guinness was a man who vigorously guarded his privacy and despite publishing an autobiography and two volumes of his diaries he remained an enigma to the general public and a mystery even to his family and closest friends br br After his death in August his widow Merula asked the author Piers Paul Read who had been a friend of her husband to write his authorised biography Given full co operation by the Guinness family and free access to Sir Alec s papers including his private and unpublished diaries Read has written an enjoyable yet penetrating and perceptive account of an intriguing and complex man br br Read shows how Guinness s quirks of character and genius had roots in the circumstances of his early life His marriage to Merula Salaman a young actress of great promise is chronicled by the many hundred letters Guinness wrote to her when serving in the Navy during World War II while his post war diaries reveal that readjustment to civilian life was traumatic with doubts about his talent and a confusion about his sexual nature leading to bouts of severe depression br br Guinness s conversion to Catholicism in partly exorcised his demons but he never wholly escaped the contradictions of his life his domestic ties vying with wayward passions a yearning for holiness with an intolerance of constraint a raw sensitivity to the feelings of others with an irascible and domineering nature Yet from the diaries and letters to his friends quoted extensively in this biography there emerges a man of great compassion generosity wit and charm intellectually curious a talented writer a great gossip bon viveur and munificent host, July The German military attach in Paris receives a visit from a seedy looking man who claims to be a French army officer in desperate need of money offering to sell them military secrets br br Captain Alfred Dreyfus was a rising star in the French artillery command Reserved yet intelligent and ambitious Dreyfus had everything a family money and a clear path to a prestigious post on the General Staff However Dreyfus had enemies as a result of his ambition Many of them came from the impoverished Catholic aristocracy and disliked Dreyfus because he was rich bourgeois and above all a Jew br br On the basis of flimsy evidence Dreyfus was placed under arrest for the crime of high treason Not long afterward he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life on the legendary lethal Devil s Island The saga of Dreyfus s many trials he was not exonerated until twelve years after first being arrested the fight to free him and the intrigues on both sides is a fast moving mystery story rife with heroes and villains loose women loyal wives bisexual men tricksters and charlatans But this was no mere sideshow The anti Semitism and deceit on display in the Dreyfus case was an ominous prelude to the Holocaust and the long bloody twentieth century to come br br In an era when religious conflict fierce patriotism and charged debates over national identity pervade the public sphere the scandal of Captain Dreyfus still has much to teach us In the hands of prizewinning novelist biographer and narrative historian Piers Paul Read this real life morality tale comes alive for a new generation Using his storytelling skills and a nuanced deep knowledge of French history Read rediscovers l affaire Dreyfus as a rich riveting tale, John Strickland is a middle aged barrister with a wife Clare and two children Staying with his parents in law at their house in Norfolk he reads Leo Tolstoy s novella The Death of Ivan Illych and this precipitates a mid life crisis What has happened to his youthful ideals to do good in the world What has happened that has made his marriage go stale It is the period of strikes political crisis and the three day week Strickland determines to stand as a Labour MP His ambition is mocked by his wife and blaming her for his life s stagnation he starts an affair with another woman