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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Germinal on Kindle, 18 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Germinal (Kindle Edition)
I have purchased many books on Kindle and have found that on occasions the Kindle version compares unfavourably with the printed page, especially with the 'classics'.
On this occassion this was not the case. The format was excellent transcription was excellent.
It was many years since I have read this Zola classic and having it on hand in the Kindle version whilst on holiday was a great bonus.
Real value for money!

Russia - A Journey With Jonathan Dimbleby : Complete BBC Series [DVD]
Russia - A Journey With Jonathan Dimbleby : Complete BBC Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Dimbleby
Price: 7.75

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dimbleby's ego and bias too big even for the largest nation on earth, 23 Dec 2010
The prospect of a three-part series exploring Russia, it's people, it's cities, it's past, present and future, filled me with anticipation. Unfortunately the B.B.C. felt the necessity to appoint the repugnant Johnathan Dimbleby as the series' host. Dimbleby began with a fixed narrow and bigoted view of Russia's current posistion politically and socially, his own arrogance prevented him from ever truly engaging with the nation or its people. His remarks regarding Russian history were often inaccurate leaving anyone with even a fleeting knowledge of Russian and Soviet history wondering where he was receiving his information from. At times the programme stooped so low as to leave one with the impression that this was not really a serious documentary at all but rather a smear campaign designed by the B.B.C. to put forward a singular, negative view of a hugely complex country. Were i assessing Dimbleby's presenting style and the programme's accuracy alone i would award it at best one star.

However, because the Russian Federation is immeasurably fascinating as an entity the programme makers were saved from their own bias. The various vistas and encounters we were afforded by virtue of the nation and its people, often in spite of Dimbleby's repuslive approach, was enough to leave the average viewer with great affection for this vast country.

The flawed construction of this dissappointing series should in no way be allowed to taint the British public's image of Russia, its people or its government. It should instead serve as further evidence of the B.B.C.'s continued decline as a media corporation. The fact that our licence fee goes towards these self-inflated propagandists should make the blood of the average citizen boil.

Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney
Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney
by Dennis O'Driscoll
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stepping Stones Interviews with Seamus Heaney, 4 Feb 2009
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Let me start by saying that I love his poetry and that this book gives wonderful insights into aspects of his thinking and life that give expression to that creativity.
However, brevity from the man himself, encouraged by the interviewer and perhaps stemming from his Irish heritage is seldom evident. The questions are answered in paragraphs where sentences would have sufficed.
You would not want to be stuck on a desert island with these two!
On balance worth the money, rich in language,as you would expect but remains a challenging read.
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The Kitchen Diaries
The Kitchen Diaries
by Nigel Slater
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.40

41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Amazon Stars and Three Michelin Stars for this book., 20 Nov 2005
This review is from: The Kitchen Diaries (Hardcover)
Diaries are personal, often intimate, evocative and absorbing. Nigel Slaters book is all of these and more. Much more than a cookery book this takes us on an intimate journey through the year covering the the ordinary mundane daily requirements of preparing food for ourselves and others but also sparkling with ideas and innovation. The food descriptions are central but alongside runs a dialogue between the author and the the reader who grow to share not only a love of food but also an understanding of culinary needs that are ever changing with the seasons and with personal moods. This is not a glossy super-chef offering of gaudy 'impressive' and flamboyant cookong. It is an insight into the man, his life, his beliefs about food and cooking. A real triumph!

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