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Humanism (The New Critical Idiom)
Humanism (The New Critical Idiom)
by Tony Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction, 21 Sep 2009
This is an excellent book - thorough enough to be of use to those needing it for serious study, yet clear and unassuming enough (even with a handy and basic glossary for those terms you ought to know but aren't too sure of) to be read by those (like myself) who possess very little previous knowledge on Humanism. Tony Davies takes what might be considered an idiocentric approach to the structure of the book, beginning as he does with the 19th century rather that at the chronological beginning of his subject. However this structure works well to tell the story he intends to tell, with each chapter picking up a fascinating intellectual trail as Davies follows Humanism through the various schools and areas of scholarship with which it has been tied. When Davies, in his introduction, hopes the reader will be 'patient enough to let it (the structure of his book) unfold in its own way' then it is advice well worth heading, for although the book can indeed be read in a chronological order, one risks losing a unique and fascinating view of intellectual history, as well as a jolly good story.

Another reader has reviewed this book as merely restating 'many fairly-commonplace (in literary criticism circles) postmodern critiques of humanism, without critically interogating [sic] these sources.' As I have relatively little knowledge of Humanisms and Anti-humanisms I can't categorically deny this claim, however I personally found the book to be balanced, well-written, carefully thought out, and intellectually rigorous. There was never a point when I felt the author to be at fault and, as to the claim that not every source is critically interrogated, I can only point out that this is an introduction to the topic, not a thorough study of a particular aspect of what is in fact a huge subject. If Tony Davies does not pause at every point to thoroughly interrogate a work by Marx or Burckhardt, then this is not because of sloppy authorship, but because such a practice would be a distraction from the main point (which is simply to offer the reader a comprehensive overview) as well as being unfeasible in such a short work. The main aim of this book is to offer the reader a comprehensive overview of Humanism and this, I believe, it does with flying colours.

The Faber Companion to Samuel Beckett: A Reader's Guide to his Works, Life, and Thought
The Faber Companion to Samuel Beckett: A Reader's Guide to his Works, Life, and Thought
by C. J. Ackerley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 20.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent resource, 21 Feb 2009
This is a very good resource to accompany study of any or all of Beckett's works. References are alphabetically listed and contain a stunning amount of detail and information. It is simple to use - you literally just look up the topic you require information on as you would in an encyclopedia - and very thorough (and usually are a good starting point for directing your other reading). For example, in looking up the the entry on Fritz Mauthner, I was given a brief biography of Mauthner, a synopsis of his ideas, examples of references to them in Beckett's works, some examples of how Beckett may have been influence by Mauthner, as well as directions that pointed me towards the German Letter of 1932 (with its own detailed entry) and Beckett's study on Proust. Very helpful indeed.

I cannot stress enough how useful this has been to me in the final year of my BA degree, and I fully intend on using it should the subject come up in my post graduate study next year. The editors should be proud of a truly impressive achievement.

Tired Of Hanging Around
Tired Of Hanging Around
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Price: 3.20

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album but the liner notes?, 12 Jun 2006
This review is from: Tired Of Hanging Around (Audio CD)
First off, great music. The sax really works well here and the vocals are superb. Quite a funky album, fairly varied too. However, what's going on with the liner notes? Just through browsing over the lyrics, I noticed several grammatical errors. You'd think someone along the production line would have set them right! Anyhow, slightly irritating but no reason for veto-ing the album.

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