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Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Price: 3.67

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Cromwell Rehabilitated, 25 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Wolf Hall (Kindle Edition)
I am reading this amazing book for the second time and the experience is just as good, if not better. It raises the historical novel as a genre to a new height.

The book, though written in the third person, presents events during a period of Henry the Eighth's reign, through the eyes and consciousness of Thomas Cromwell, a man of relatively obscure origin who rises to great power and influence. Like Richard the Third, he has enjoyed a bad press until recently, and this book, meticulously researched as to the known facts, brilliantly imaginative as to the rest, turns his unsavoury reputation on its head, and leads the reader to an understanding and sympathy with the man.

Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes
Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes
by Daniel Kehlmann
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Entertaining, 4 Mar 2012
A very enjoyable and intriguing read, and very well translated from the German.

Each episode seems to be separate and different, but like a good detective story, it is fun making the links between them. The same character will pop up in a story about someone else. There are stories within stories, and pastiches of different narrative styles. The computer geek style in particular is great fun.

The theme is fame and its effects,and what happens to your sense of identity when you become famous, but also the impact of modern technology,and what happens when it goes wrong or is suddenly absent.

Highly recommended.

Ecoair ECO DD122FW Desiccant Simple Dehumidifier
Ecoair ECO DD122FW Desiccant Simple Dehumidifier
Price: 119.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What it says on the tin, 11 Jan 2012
Bought this to replace a De Longhi Compressor type one which had stopped working after a few years of use. It is lighter, easier to carry from room to room, and does what it's supposed to. Very useful when the shower has been used a lot, or when washing is drying indoors. Also deals with condensation on and below windows.

Pereira Maintains
Pereira Maintains
by Antonio Tabucchi
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pereira Maintains, 15 Nov 2011
This review is from: Pereira Maintains (Paperback)
Pereira makes an unlikely hero - a fat widower well past the bloom of youth, struggling with doubts about Catholic doctrine, and trying not to notice the growing oppression of the Salazar regime in late 1930's Portugal.

But a hero he turns out to be in this deceptively simple tale by an Italian author who happens to love Portugal.

The Civil War is raging in Spain and Pereira is trying to stick to his job as editor of the culture page of a weekly magazine, but politics and censorship creep up on him and lead him into danger. A very satisfying read.

The Periodic Table (Essential Penguin)
The Periodic Table (Essential Penguin)
by Primo Levi
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fusion of science and art, 20 July 2011
This is a collection of essays which contain elements of biography, loosely linked by headings referring to elements in the Periodic Table. These are sometimes metaphorical, sometimes real. It is a book to be dipped into rather than read chronologically, but it needs concentration.

There are fascinating nuggets of Levi's own history, including both before and after his famous period in Auschwitz, and he tries to convey what his work as an industrial chemist was like. He made me want to understand more about chemistry, but most of all, I found that parts of this book stayed in my mind long after I finished reading it, particularly the piece about him contacting one of the German chemists, who had shown some small consideration of his comfort at Auschwitz, after the end of the war.

His style is unique - understated, full of echoes of what he doesnt say, but implies.
His intelligence, perception and modesty shine through the book.

Ronald Harwood's Adaptations: From Other Works into Films
Ronald Harwood's Adaptations: From Other Works into Films
by Ronald Harwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.73

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adaptation in Practice, 3 April 2010
A fascinating account of how Ronald Harwood writes screenplays, including detailed accounts of his work on The Dresser, Oliver Twist, Taking Sides and The Pianist, written in a question and answer, interviewing format. I loved all these films and admire Harwood's work, which helps of course. Highly recommended.

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