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L'elegance Du Herisson (Folio)
L'elegance Du Herisson (Folio)
by Muriel Barbery
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much phiosophy?, 11 Feb 2014
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An interesting idea but not altogether well carried out. Alot of the incidents described by the two narrators don't really add anything to the storyline. And much the same could be said of the narrators' philosophising. Also the death of one of the narrators while still narrating stretches the suspension of disbelief a bit too far.


Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth
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4.0 out of 5 stars Metafiction, 29 Aug 2013
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Clever as usual , a story within a story , one of the characters is writing the novel like in atonement.


Narrative of a Voyage to Senegal in 1816 Undertaken by Order of the French Government, Comprising an Account of the Shipwreck of the Medusa, the Sufferings ... from Cape Blanco to the Mouth of the Gambia.
Narrative of a Voyage to Senegal in 1816 Undertaken by Order of the French Government, Comprising an Account of the Shipwreck of the Medusa, the Sufferings ... from Cape Blanco to the Mouth of the Gambia.

4.0 out of 5 stars History and swashbuckling, 23 Aug 2013
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Fascinating personal account. good to read a French account and see the British from a French point of view. But it is still Africa as seen by Europeans.


The BBC International Short Story Award 2012 (The BBC Short Story Award)
The BBC International Short Story Award 2012 (The BBC Short Story Award)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shorts, 23 Aug 2013
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It is good that short story writers are being given somewhere to publish but I was not overly impressed by any in this collection.


The Grampian Quartet: "The Quarrywood", "Weatherhouse", "A Pass in the Grampian", "The Living Mountain" (Canongate ... Pass in the Grampian", "The Living Mountain"
The Grampian Quartet: "The Quarrywood", "Weatherhouse", "A Pass in the Grampian", "The Living Mountain" (Canongate ... Pass in the Grampian", "The Living Mountain"
by Nan Shepherd
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Place and Time, 23 Aug 2013
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Two great short novels and then the mountains brought alive by someone who can write about place = makes me think of Ivor Gurney and Gloucestershire in his poetry.


Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
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5.0 out of 5 stars History as fiction, 23 Aug 2013
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After reading The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, I wondered if Kate Summerscale could pull it off again. And she has. Mrs Robinson's Disgrace is brilliant. KS is good at sniffing out the sort of history that sounds like fiction, and her storytelling techniques are great.


Life After Life
Life After Life
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3.0 out of 5 stars The What-ifs of storytelling, 23 Aug 2013
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Intriguing structure but it made reading difficult. Mostly written well enough to keep the reader going. But as someone who lived through the latter period of the episodes in her book, I do not think the post-war descriptions were accurate. Also there was far too much on the bombing of London during WW2.


The Norton Anthology of Poetry
The Norton Anthology of Poetry
by Margaret Ferguson
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Norton anthology review, 12 Feb 2010
This is a great way of getting into poetry when you haven't read much up till now. It starts with early stuff and goes right through with I suppose an accent on American poets, some of whom I've never heard of. But there are plenty of British poets in there too. And it's good to see a wide range of women poets including Charlotte Smith who is one of my favourite Romantic period poets. Yes, she holds her own alongside the men.
I've just been renewing my acquaintance with Elizabeth Bishop which has sent me to look at her complete poems. You can always fault anthologies for leaving out poets you think ought to be there, but that doesn't spoil the poems that are in the anthology.


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