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The Unconsoled
The Unconsoled
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars read it, 19 July 2014
This review is from: The Unconsoled (Paperback)
a beautifully written and original novel. i have read this twice, soon after it first came out and again just recently. i was puzzled by the initial negative reviews but pleased to see that subsequently it has been recognised as one the best novels of recent years. as other reviewers here say, it's hard to put a finger on what this work is 'about', but for me it seems in part an attempt to capture the way in which people (or groups) can become lost in their internal preoccupations at the expense of real connections with others. this I think is what gives the work its poignant cohesion, and is mirrored in the structure of the book, which seems involved in some self-involved process of unfolding that does not readily share its logic with the reader. however, for me the cryptic atmosphere and labyrinthine narrative are never alienating or exasperating but deeply involving, and I think it is Ishiguro's genius to have humanised and revitalised a certain kind of Modernist literature in this way.


Samsung M2825ND Xpress Mono Laser Printer
Samsung M2825ND Xpress Mono Laser Printer
Offered by Printerland
Price: 83.88

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good so far, 23 Feb 2014
good price, looks OK, easy to set up, prints out fine and fast, only thing is that the online manual doesn't seem to come up with the images on my mac, but that may not be samsung's fault.

also, perhaps i shouldn't say this but i'm not sure that amazon are offering the best deal.


The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves
The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves
by Stephen Grosz
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well-written and accessible presentation of analytic work, 22 Feb 2014
this does not present in-depth/extended accounts of work with patients, or much discussion of technique, but snapshots conveying the more 'personal' side of the analytic encounter. yes, in a sense it is lightweight, as some have complained, but in another sense not all, capturing at its best the essence of the dilemmas that his patients bring, and the extraordinary delicacy and complexity of this work - particularly moving, at least to me, were the accounts of his work with children.

as a practitioner myself, I did find myself envying the relative 'normality' of his patient demographic - the question is often asked 'Where did all the neurotics go?' and the answer appears to be, 'Into Stefan Grosz's practice', though perhaps it is not fairly represented by this selection.

the main value of this book, I think, is to build a bridge between the public and a profession that has become in many ways and for many reasons alienated from the wider culture. if it has at all succeeded in this then it has been a valuable and important contribution. psychoanalytic thinking and practice simply has too much to offer to allow itself to become marginalised. on the other hand, the price of dissemination should not be dilution, and perhaps it is true that Grosz's accounts might slightly err towards the latter, as it is sometimes difficult to tell what is specifically 'analytic' as opposed to more broadly 'therapeutic' about these accounts.
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Parsifal - 2-DVD Set
Parsifal - 2-DVD Set
Dvd ~ Armin Jordan
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: 27.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone should see this, 17 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Parsifal - 2-DVD Set (DVD)
i first saw this many years ago on a VHS copied from the TV so very pleased it's now available on DVD. Though I love Parsifal in any case, I found that Syberberg's production added immeasurably to the experience, in ways that are both intellectually stimulating and, at times, emotionally shattering, the critical-political and 'alienating' effects of the production (e.g. use of puppets at the beginning) only bringing out the music's power more forcefully. It's a stroke of genius to have actors performing the on-screen roles while the voices are dubbed, so there is the best of both worlds performance-wise. The design and visual effects are very beautiful (which came across even on my not-great copy), aside from the meaning they are intended to impart, at times seeming to go with the music, at times against it, or to be in a different space altogether, but always with a sense of rightness. If listening to Wagner can sometimes be like listening to a patient on the analytic couch, then here he has found his perfect analyst. A master's vision of a masterpiece.


Machaut: Messe De Notre Dame (Ensemble Organum)
Machaut: Messe De Notre Dame (Ensemble Organum)
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 19.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars striking but self-conscious, 2 Feb 2014
well, I said it all in the review title really. I wanted to like this but the whole performance seems like a pose, and the imposition of a concept rather than a natural response to the musical substance. if you want to go outside the english choral tradition try the ensemble gilles binchois, beautifully sung at a slow pace, though the interpolated plainsong may not be desired.


Tactile Galactics
Tactile Galactics
Price: 12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars saw the videos. got the cd., 29 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Tactile Galactics (Audio CD)
i'm not especially well informed about contemporary psychedelic techno but I saw some wonderful videos by this guy (son of a well-known US conceptual artist) on YouTube and loved the music, so got it, which if you like this kind of thing I strongly advise you to do also (again, the videos are fantastic, imagine this album cover animated...).


ECCO Mens Collin Shoes
ECCO Mens Collin Shoes
Price: 30.19 - 105.90

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice, but black?, 19 Jan 2014
This review is from: ECCO Mens Collin Shoes (Shoes)
my only issue with this comfortable and nicely-designed shoe is the colour which has a distinct blue-ish tinge to the black. this means that wearing blue jeans you don't get the contrast you'd expect from a proper 'black'. almost sent them back because of this, but at the price.....got the brown one too, no problems there.


ECCO Shoes Mens Biarritz Chelsea Boots 63011401001 Black 8 UK, 42 EU
ECCO Shoes Mens Biarritz Chelsea Boots 63011401001 Black 8 UK, 42 EU

4.0 out of 5 stars longer than average, 19 Jan 2014
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it's a nice boot but actually significantly longer in the toe than the average shoe, which isn't at all clear from the photo. i actually sent mine back because of this, but that was a question of it not really suiting my foot rather than any problem as such with the design.
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Exploring the Work of Donald Meltzer: A Festschrift
Exploring the Work of Donald Meltzer: A Festschrift
by Donald Meltzer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 40.65

5.0 out of 5 stars no problem with the book, but advertised cover does not correspond to contents, 2 Jan 2014
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the cover shown is of the recent new and expanded edition. however the 'look inside' contents and product description refer to the original 2000 edition which lacks (as far as I can see) an additional paper outlining Meltzer's ideas. so advisable to check with buyer which edition they're offering.


Stewart Lee - Carpet Remnant World [DVD]
Stewart Lee - Carpet Remnant World [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stewart Lee
Price: 11.55

5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 23 Dec 2013
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this man knows exactly what he's doing. in complete technical control and on a different level to most other comedians.


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