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Butcher's Crossing (Vintage Classics)
Butcher's Crossing (Vintage Classics)
by John Edward Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended., 19 Oct 2014
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Butcher's Crossing is perhaps not quite so masterly as William's two later masterpieces, Stoner and Augustus. Still, it has all his characteristics: an interesting and thought-provoking story, splendid precision and evocativeness in the use of language, and an underlying existential theme that is both moving and revealing. Highly recommended.


Schubert:- Death And The Maiden Quartet and String Quintet In C Major
Schubert:- Death And The Maiden Quartet and String Quintet In C Major
Price: £15.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gramophone was right, 9 Jan 2014
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This new version of Schubert's two masterpieces was highly praised recently in The Gramophone. And they were right. The playing is extremely lively, intense and beautiful (e.g. the tone of the 1st violin). And the two works themselves are of course eternal masterpieces. Here they come alive the way they should.


The Moment of Caravaggio (The A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts)
The Moment of Caravaggio (The A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts)
by Michael Fried
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.78

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Smashing Book, 18 July 2011
Fried's Caravaggio: A letter to the Times Literary Supplement Submitted on 2 July 2011

Sir, - I was sufficiently intrigued by your reviewer, Angus Trumble's account of Michael Fried's recent book, The Moment of Caravaggio (May 20), to buy and read the book. However, when I then went back to the review, I had the strong feeling that Dr Trumble did not do justice to the power and novelty of the book. It is not that there is anything decidedly wrong in what he does say about it. But to spend three paragraphs on Caravaggio's sexuality and only one on Fried's "densely argued text" leaves your readers completely in the lurch: from Fried's close reading of selected paintings by the Master it is - for once - possible to learn something genuinely new (when does that happen?), not just about those paintings, but about the whole of Caravaggio and indeed the realist tradition in Western art. This is no mean achievement, which your reviewer ought to have acknowledged, instead of speaking of Fried's "distant view from the professorial podium". On the contrary, Fried hits right in the solar plexus.

TROELS ENGBERG-PEDERSEN
The Faculty of Theology
The University of Copenhagen.


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