Guide to Transsexualism, Transgenderism and Gender Dysphoria By A.Purnell

This was a good basic guide to transexualily and the things a transexual
might face. It is written by a Medic so it did not really give me the
understanding I was looking for as a brother of a transexual. I have just read
Read My Lips By Riki Anne Wilchins (also reviewed) and that did cover this area
for me so it might have removed this edge for me a bit. I also found this book a
little less interesting to read. I would still recommend it as a general
sympathetic guide though.

Read My Lips By Riki Anne Wilchins

I got this book because my brother has recently broken down the walls he
built up around himself to find he is really a she. I had in the past read
Julia Grant’s "Just Julia" out of casual interest and lending her
this book in fact helped her identify herself. However I was after more details
on Transexuality and Gender in general. This book has met this need very nicely.
As someone from England I guess it is not the most relevant book since it deals
with the Politics going on in America. But once you get through the first half
of the book it really becomes mind challenging and I have to agree with a lot
of Riki’s points. As a new chapter start I would at first wonder what she was
going on about but as I got to the end I felt I had a pretty good understanding
and insight. The were lots of passages I thought I ought to remember and use
for examples in future should anyone feel like discussing Gender with me.

The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame By Victor Hugo

This one took me to two attempts two read as my mental abilities were
reduced by ill health and this at times can be a rather long winded book. The
book is actually broken into 11 books and I gave up after the first book last
time. This time I was determined to get to the end as I don’t like to be beaten
and in the end I think it was worth it. The story is a good one and although
the author goes of into what seem like long irrelevancies they mostly did have
a point in the end. The big exception seemed to be Book 3 which is seems to be
the authors views on the state of Architecture at the time (1850) and a
tourists guide to Paris at the end of the 15th century obviously
based on 1850. These two chapters did nothing for me at all and I think it is
safe to miss them unless you have a better knowledge of Paris or architecture
than me and find them interesting.

I have the Wordswoth Classics edition of the book and it is 397 pages long.
The typeface in the edition is rather small at about 44 lines per page so
beware.

The thing I did like about the writing style was it was very much like
reading a film. He seemed to give overviews of scenes and then focus in on the
detail. I don’t recall reading a descriptive book that had the same feel to it
before. It is certainly a completely different style to Wilkie Collins who was
the previous Classical Author I read.

I was interested to read the other reviews saying this was a great love
story. I am still not sure between who. Several characters seemed to love
Esmeralda. Claude Frollo seemed the strongest love to me but perhaps that
doesn’t count.