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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes good sense, 11 Jun 2014
All credit to Amazon for a big and successful gamble on internet shopping and a very efficient delivery model. But now that the profits are coming in, how about a little justice for your workers? Is there some reason why Amazon should sponge off the British taxpayer and depend on the government topping up wages through tax credits? That certainly isn't written into the business model. And neither should the crushing of independent booksellers be. I'm loath to boycott Amazon because I find it efficient and convenient. But Amazon needs to make clear progress on this issue or I will. Conforming to the letter of the law and exploiting workers will ultimately blacken Amazon's name and turn its success into discredit. Why do it?


Das Booty
Das Booty
by Simon Pringle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping yarn = Literary history, 17 July 2013
This review is from: Das Booty (Paperback)
Das Booty is a true story about an incredible jape, a drug-smuggling expedition to Morocco. The central character is the real-life Bruno Tolentino, drug-smuggler, pathological liar, and one of the major Brazilian poets of the century, who also wrote books of poetry in French and English. Finely characterised, often very funny, imbued with poetry, it is a rueful account of a semi-wasted (in either sense) youth; each successive mishap seems likely to be the last for this bunch of misfits, and yet... Read on, you really shouldn't miss this tale!


Sab (Hispanic Texts)
Sab (Hispanic Texts)
by Gertrudis Gomez De Avellaneda Y. Art
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Political Mills & Boon, 4 Feb 2005
This review is from: Sab (Hispanic Texts) (Paperback)
Sab is an extraordinary work, the only Hispanic anti-slavery novel of sensibility and the work of a highly-regarded woman author. Dwelling on the emotions in post-Werther style, it tells us of the self-sacrificing passion of Sab for his owner's daughter, with whom he has been brought up. The sentiments are archetypally Romantic, the landscape descriptions evocative and the whole an extraordinary blend of sensibility, regionalism, feminism and emancipationism. The style is entirely conventional but the politics are not. The result is rather peculiar, a sort of superior political Mills & Boon. Beautifully introduced and annotated by Catherine Davies.


The Poetess Counts to 100 and Bows Out: Selected Poems by Ana Enriqueta Terán: Selected Poems by Ana Enriqueta Teran (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation)
The Poetess Counts to 100 and Bows Out: Selected Poems by Ana Enriqueta Terán: Selected Poems by Ana Enriqueta Teran (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation)
by Ana Enriqueta Terán
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fine Poet, Unsatisfactory Translation, 4 Feb 2005
Ana Enriqueta Teran is a fascinating - and rather forbidding - poet. Her work deserves greater attention than it has had in the Anglophone world. But Marcel Smith, for all his poetic abilities, is not competent to do her justice. The book is studded with errors of translation, inexplicable in a translator who has worked with the poet and a book in the Lockert series. Ex: `A no ser por la noche...hubiese quedado ciega'. Smith translates: `To not be through night', whereas the meaning here is: `Were it not for the night'. On occasion he fails to recognise either the subject or object of a sentence (p.24) and mistranslates elementary constructions like `oler a' (p.13). Smith displays considerable talent for poetic renderings and Teran's texts are very hard to come by in the UK. So it is a pity that this is not a reliable translation.


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