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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; Rückert-Lieder; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; Rückert-Lieder; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely beautiful from first to last, 28 Dec. 2014
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Absolutely stunning music. Completely beautiful from first to last. Don't hesitate to buy!


Inequality and the 1%
Inequality and the 1%
by Daniel Dorling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.09

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear and completely persuasive analysis of the devastating effects ..., 28 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Inequality and the 1% (Paperback)
A clear and completely persuasive analysis of the devastating effects of the neo-liberal economic policies inflicted by the powerful on the rest of us to further increase their wealth at the expense of a civilised society. None of the mainstream political parties are now willing to challenge the hegemony of the current stays quo.


The Grand Budapest Hotel [Blu-ray]
The Grand Budapest Hotel [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Ralph Fiennes
Price: £8.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Dec. 2014
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A sheer joy from start to finish. A truly origin film where every frame is beautifully composed.


Butcher's Crossing (Vintage Classics)
Butcher's Crossing (Vintage Classics)
by John Edward Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An anaemic Cormac McCarthy........, 16 Oct. 2014
Having loved 'Stoner' I was very much looking forward to this novel. It is, however, a disappointment. The novel is a fairly obvious tale of Eastern, educated city boy coming West with, we presume, a desire to encounter a more authentic world and ending up with more than he bargained for, though he is certainly changed profoundly by his experiences (he literally rides off into the sunset at the end!). The characters, though, are not really brought to life and the whole thing seems too schematic. There is nothing like the visceral impact of Cormac McCarthy's writing here, though the novel inhabits similar territory. Indeed the West here seems a rather civilised affair. The terrible encounter with the forces of nature are, again, rendered in a somewhat restrained manner, and, while the narrative is interesting - though predictable - it is the writing that lets it down for me. It is bland and undistinguished. There is nothing here to rank with the extraordinarily powerful 'Stoner', and, if you enjoy this kind of mythic American literature (and I do) stick with the master - McCarthy.


The Messenger
The Messenger
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure class..., 24 Mar. 2014
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I think this is the album where Kurt Elling really put all his outstanding talent together with no reservations. Sometimes he can be self-consciously hip, but here everything is subservient to the song. The set is very varied and there is a real jazz intelligence to everything going on - not just Elling,s interpretations, but his absolutely fantastic band. This is one of the greatest ever jazz voices really finding its groove. Just buy.


The Absolutely Essential 3CD Collection
The Absolutely Essential 3CD Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars In his prime..., 24 Mar. 2014
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This is a fabulous collection of Bobby Bland in his early and outstanding years. This collection is worth the money for the first track alone ('I pity the Fool'), but there is barely a duff track on the whole set. Sure there are one or two fillers and the occasional, but unfortunately not untypical bits of blues misogeny (put up with me at any cost or get lost etc.....), but as a whole, this is simply brilliant. His voice is outstanding and many tracks simply bristle with energy. Fantastic horn sections, brilliant guitar, obviously the template for Paul Butterfield's band after 'East/West'. Just get it ... you'll love it.


John B. Sebastian & Four Of Us & Tarzana Kid & Welcome Back & In Concert Dvd
John B. Sebastian & Four Of Us & Tarzana Kid & Welcome Back & In Concert Dvd
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Price: £13.91

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3.0 out of 5 stars So So......., 24 Mar. 2014
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I've always had a soft spot for The Lovin' Spoonful and have a vinyl copy of Tarzana Kid, which I've always liked, so I was looking forward to this set. The packaging is excellent and quality of audio etc. as good as you could reasonably expect - it's just that the three albums I didn't know are just not that good. There are some good tracks, without question, but overall there is a lack of inspiration and too many so, so tracks. I feel bad saying this, since John Sebastian is a musical figure I've always admired, and the DVD is very pleasant. A pity the creative imagination of the best Spoonful songs couldn't be maintained. It's telling that by far the best album here is the one that is basically covers of other people's songs.


Light Years (Penguin Modern Classics)
Light Years (Penguin Modern Classics)
by James Salter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh, what a disappointment....., 11 Mar. 2014
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I bought this book full of hope having skimmed Richard Ford's glowing introduction ( I should say that I had just read John Williams' 'Stoner' and had been absolutely knocked out by its subtle use of language and restrained but devastating prose. Truly a great novel.)This, however, is a classic case of style over substance. Richard Ford makes a brave, but wholly unconvincing case for the novel transcending its subject matter (the slowly disintegrating marriage of two utterly uninteresting characters) to become a dissection of America's collapsing culture under the growth of materialism and ethical collapse. This is difficult to detect when wading through pages of self-consciously poetic prose that all too frequently collapses into empty phrase-making and often meaningless or risible descriptions ("A perfect day begins in death, in the semblance of death, in a deep surrender. The body is soft, the soul has gone forth, all strength, even breath. There is no power for good or evil, the luminous surface of another world is near, enfolding, the branches of the trees tremble outside." This portentous and pretentious nonsense continues remorselessly throughout the book. This is a novel about shallow and uninteresting people, of course, but the author never uses them to suggest that there is another world beyond their lives that could serve as a condemnation of their trivial and tedious excursions into adultery and utter self-absorption. Salter's famed sentencees quickly become irritating in their calculated poeticisms that never get close to anything truly poetic. The novel is an exercise in style, and in the absence of real content, is an exhausting and tedious read. It clarified for me why I have never really taken to Ford's novels either -does anyone have any liking for Frank Boscombe, another tediously self-absorbed character (though 'Canada' is much better) - but if you really want to read great writing, go read Williams' 'Stoner'.
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Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics)
Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics)
by John Edward Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars A not so instant classic., 31 Jan. 2014
It's almost impossible to imagine how this novel was overlooked when first published. And what sobering dramatic irony that Williams himself died before his extraordinarily powerful, but understated work, was re-discovered to such acclaim. This is a novel that will live with me for the rest of my life. It is beautifully written and, like all great art, depends on the reader responding to what lies beyond the words themselves. Although ostensibly an account of the life of an apparently unremarkable man, it moves out from here to become a celebration of a life committed to something beyond the self - work, both intellectual and physical, to the beauty of the moment, to an awareness and understanding of the unending tragedies of the social world (war, economic collapse) and to the redeeming power of both language and love. An extraordinarily beautiful and profound novel that will be counted among the greats of American literature,


HOCO Duke Advanced ii iPhone 4 4S Genuine Leather Flip Case - by Maikai
HOCO Duke Advanced ii iPhone 4 4S Genuine Leather Flip Case - by Maikai
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Price: £14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth paying the extra for..., 5 Jan. 2014
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I bought a cheaper leather case for my last iphone, but when that one was stolen, I decided to go for this more expensive type and I'm pleased I did. This fits the phone beautifully, looks smart and offers excellent protection. I would recommend this product without reservation.


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