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Germinal (Penguin Classics)
Germinal (Penguin Classics)
by …mile Zola
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the finest..., 30 Sept. 2010
I purchased this book not knowing what to expect. I had been reading Conrad for a while beforehand.
I must say that as much as I enjoyed Conrad's novels, this book has made me an absolute Zola fan.

The story centres around an ambitous, optimistic but unlucky young man called Etienne. What follows is an examination of working class society in 19th century France, upper class French culture, the conflict between communism and capitalism, death and it's consequences and effects on those around it, and human nature in conflict with the engrained syndrome of human beings to challenge and dream of utopian ideals.

So many times in this book Zola writes in a way which drags you to the depths of despair and deep cynicism to then launch into optimistic idealism.

Yet throughout the journey of this book, one thing remains at the end. The realisation that hope can survive even the most unlikely, inhospitable and painful events.

If you enjoy books which need an investment of time and a strong emotional character then this book is well worth reading.

Night Train to Lisbon
Night Train to Lisbon
by Pascal Mercier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It imitates a modern classic...but is actually a much more authentic vintage story., 27 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Night Train to Lisbon (Paperback)
When I first bought this I expected something akin to Guernica, or Shadow of the Wind. Luckily for me, it is different enough to tell its own story.

The words of Amadeu Prado are a key part of the text...without them I do not know if it would be the same. With them, the text is enriched so as to allow the reader to get lost in Mundus' world in search of Prado's history.

This is a fantastic book, all the more so because it provides some history of Portugal as a sort of A-road to the motorway of the search for Prado.

Recommended if you have read Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
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Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.09

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tha Dogg Grows Up, 12 Dec. 2006
At first appearance, the album artwork would suggest that this is just another opportunity for the "BIG DAWG" to rap about the same old ish. And some of the songs evidently are. But what is different about this is the tone of maturity that Snoop gives off. He's no longer just talkin the talk, but also walkin the walk.

The intro puts into perspective just how much Snoop means to his fans (listen to the LIVE extracts), and the ability to include Jamie Foxx, Nate Dogg, even Akon shows how much of a familiar fixture Snoop is in the hip-hop world.

I recommend listenin to Snoop's earliest work before listenin to this album, and you'll notice the difference.

Coach Carter [DVD]
Coach Carter [DVD]
Dvd ~ Samuel L. Jackson
Price: £2.52

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a basketball film, 19 July 2006
This review is from: Coach Carter [DVD] (DVD)
Sam.L.Jackson shows that education is just as important to professional athletes as sport itself.His character develops from what appears to be a hard-line grades before games teacher rather than coach to a committed successful coach. Instead of him educating the young people, they themselves teach him a lesson as well.

Through his grit and determination, Ken Carter silences all doubters through showing the young people of Richmond that even in basketball there is stuff to learn. He helps to turn immature ballers, into respectable young basketball players.

The film contains some great basketball action, and a great hip-hop soundtrack to make it look and feel like you are a member of the Richmond community and experiencing it first-hand. There is genuine soul and meaning in this film.

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