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The Merchant of Venice [DVD] [2004]
The Merchant of Venice [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Al Pacino
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Price: £4.74

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacino is great, 26 Nov. 2013
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Pacino really brings to Shakespeare's tale to life. One of the best productions I've ever seen. Some real Venetian settings, inc. the famous Rialto Bridge, are used. Great performances.


Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that's Conspiring to Islamize America
Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that's Conspiring to Islamize America
Price: £11.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelation, 26 Nov. 2013
A remarkable revelation of how we are being politically tricked by smooth-talking, pseudo-pious hypocrites - and from a very high level too.


Die Gefangenen
Die Gefangenen
by Guido Knopp
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - but written entirely in German., 23 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Die Gefangenen (Paperback)
This is an excellent book, well-written and very well researched. There is a most welcome absence of political propaganda. Real people told their own stories. Real events are told the way they happened without any gloss.
It is, unfortunately NOT for people who don't speak German, written entirely in German. I bought it in a German bookshop near Luebeck, 2005. I had a long, hard SLOG translating half of the 1st chapter and half of 2nd chapter, and sections here & there, into English. My "High School" German was pushed to the limit. (I never finished the whole book.) But it was rewarding.
Some of the tales about the Death March to Siberia - how thousands of prisoners froze to death on the way, were stripped naked (to re-use the clothing) and thrown anonymously in the snow, the near-starvation conditions, and the high death rate from Typhus in the camps - all make shocking reading. By contrast, there were no tales of any prisoner abuse in the British camps (mainly for shot-down Luftwaffe crews). Geneva Convention was observed to the last word. The American and Canadian camps were more like holiday camps, with the prisoners eating pork chops, vegetables, white bread and real coffee every day. (A German prisoner's mother even remarked, that her son in America was eating better than she was.) Some of the stories were even funny - like the one about the Alsatian dog which was trained to "bootleg" a bag of pork chops & wurst, at 2 a.m., to the cell-window of a German prisoner doing "jankers"; and the Anerican guards never noticed.
It's a fascinating, well-researched book - and I'm glad I bought it.
My translation (as far as I got) was praised by native German friends - but it was hard work. Mr. Knopp does not make his writing style easier to translate, by failing to use plenty of commas in appropriate places to prevent ambiguity; and of course, there's the infuriating German habit of sticking their verbs at the end of long, complicated sentences. But, if you can get round all that, it's still a very good book.


Islamophilia
Islamophilia
Price: £4.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing honesty on a sticky political problem., 6 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Islamophilia (Kindle Edition)
The author has written a lot of things that badly need to be said, but far too many people are either too afraid or too obsequious to say.


The Scent of the Night (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
The Scent of the Night (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
by Andrea Camilleri
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Interesting twists., 17 Dec. 2012
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Good story. Shows a side to Montalbano's character that you didn't know was there. It keeps you turning the pages, right up to the interesting twist at the end.


Desolation Island
Desolation Island
by Patrick O'Brian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't like his style of writing,, 9 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Desolation Island (Paperback)
I don't like this author's writing style.
I expected a novel with a crisp, well-formed, fast-moving writing style, which keeps the reader's brain (and mind's eye) actively well-informed and eagerly looking ahead to see how the story develops.
Instead, I was faced with some of a novel-writer's worst mistakes. He wrote in long, involved, rambling sentences, in some of which he couldn't even be bothered to split them up, to separate one speaker's dialogue from the next one.
When you have to read rambling sentences twice, to work who's saying what, because the writer couldn't be bothered to lay out his interpersonal dialogue properly, but just keeps it buried in the text - what I am to think?
Then these long, involved sentences are all rammed into over-long, rambling paragraphs. Come on!! Whole pages, filled with one single paragraph - again without any breaks to show up change of speaker, changes in situation, changes of thought, - and even sometimes, change of scene? I found his style very disappointing.
O'Brian may have been able to invent a good story; but he ruined it, by suffocating it under a very disappointing writing style.
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