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    A business epic

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 10/11/2014

    » British author Lord Jeffrey Archer is often regarded as the foremost novelist of our age. Like Enrico Caruso, the greatest of opera tenors, their fame rests on their delivery, not the words themselves. This reviewer enjoys his short stories most of all, yet I can't recall any.

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    Big city, small town

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 11/05/2018

    » People are natural actors. Observe how they tell stories to their friends, passing on telephone conversations or what they saw or heard. They mimic and flap their arms for emphasis. Hoping for smiles or groans. Novelists aim to do the same with more words. Alas, only the better ones succeed. All too many try and fail.

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    Expert Advice

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 13/04/2018

    » In several Peanuts comic strips, little Lucy sets up a booth. For a nickel she'll solve a problem bothering you. Her advice is quite good, indicating insight unlikely in the young. The thing about advice is that virtually everyone offers it, asked for or not, free and costly.

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    Psychics in suburbia

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 05/08/2013

    » Want to become rich and famous? Be a psychic who accurately predicts the future. "Accurately" is the operative word. For millennia there were people who claimed to have this gift/ability, but in fact were only guessing. According to the law of averages, they were probably right some of the time.

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    Religious thriller

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 09/01/2012

    » Those of one religion or another vary widely about how much of it they accept. When their senses repel what they regard as unbelievable, members of the flock don't make an issue of it and go through the motions of what is expected of them. After all, there's much in their religion they fully accept.

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