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The Tale of Two Horses: A 10,000 Mile Journey as Told by the Horses (Equestrian Travel Classics)
The Tale of Two Horses: A 10,000 Mile Journey as Told by the Horses (Equestrian Travel Classics)
by E. L. Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tale of Two Horses, 11 May 2012
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This book, although a version written primarily for children by F.Aimè Tschiffely recounting the 10.000 mile arduous travel in the twenties from Buenos Aires to Washington and New York taking three years to complete, does contain in a briefer account than "Tschiffely's Ride, the classic Long Rider book, different details "remembered" by each horse in turn, of the terrible journey. Written in a charming style, a bit whymsical at times, it could be said that no human can possibly "get inside" the head of an animal to feel precisely the reactions to each peril as the horses experienced, but yet such was the symbiosis between horse and man over three years that Tschiffely intuitively reached a point that each knew what the other was feeling, so this book speaks of the horses' awareness of their master's intentions, right or wrong from their point of view and also their true feelings of starvation, privations, fears and courage in the face of countless dangers and daily risk of death that they faced on the journey. I heartily recommend to any reader who has a little bit of the child still in them and love and sensitivity to animals.


Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas
Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas
by Paul Theroux
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars The Old Patagonian Express, 5 Mar 2012
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Well, now I've read this almost classic account in it's way, and I agree with the critics who felt that it was a disappointment in that it was sorely limited with describing with a fair amount of chagrin and detachment on the part of the author the rail journey from Massachusetts to Patagonia without any time given to feel each place in which he stepped off the train to break the journey. And the trains themselves were an ordeal to say the least. The fellow travellers mute, or annoying and filthy in their habits made one crawl alive with itching or longing to stretch one's legs in a real bed- except that the beds were crawling alive with bugs in every "hotel" he dared to put up in. The journey took one through every inconvenience immaginable from whore towns, to sordid carriages, and facilities (that's a good word!) to extreme temperatures of excessive heat to cold at dire altitudes in impossible situations in the Andes, and at moments however Paul Theroux describes with a stroke of reportage genius the incongruous characters he meets ,just as in life- sitting on a bench in a square, a women who almost drags him down into her quest for a poor fisherman in Veracruz to save him from death, saved only by his need to catch the next train to Guatemala.The only comfortable stretch was when he changed trains for Argentina until the writer Borges tells him the trains are regularly bombed (we are in the 1970's!).
I wouldn't recommend this book but just the same it was a ride through these countries albeit really about the author's attitudes to life and inabilty to enjoy anything of which he experienced.


Los Olvidados [DVD]
Los Olvidados [DVD]
Dvd ~ Estela India Miguel
Price: 4.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Los Olvidados, 5 Mar 2012
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Boy, what a film !!! From the opening scenes to the horrific and very hurriedly concluded last scene of the father who dumps his completely innocent and certainly non violent boy onto a rubbish tip , whose only crime was that of being unloved and ousted because there were too many mouths to feed in the family was an ordeal from start to finish. Enough to stir nightmares of where lack of love and home can lead to. Increasing the impact was the visual ordeal of watching the starkly contrasted imagery black and white and hardly any greys in between, for over an hour which of course was only to be expected in a film of 1951 of Luis Bunuel. This made the film perfectly set in it's time and wouldn't gain by remaking or remastering. You felt that then filmaking was about messages of immense importance and hamstrung by low budgets rather than
as now encumbered by indulgent production methods and specialised sectors of the industry to endorse with special effects what should be expressed without this resource. I heartily felt glad when the film ended so strong was it's impact but I'm glad I bought it just the same. The scene where the boy-gangster Jaibo organised his gang of nice but poor kids to rob the mutilated beggar who was left stranded on the pavement with no way of uprighting himself being amputated of both legs, and the scenes where the blind man was robbed were harrowing even today in spite of the raw news items we are fed with daily.
This is a classic of early cinema and leaves one with a bitter taste in the guts!!


Carrington [DVD] [1995]
Carrington [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Emma Thompson
Offered by 101Trading
Price: 4.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Carrington, 5 Mar 2012
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I enjoyed very much the film "Carrington" because of the high quality of the actors and sense of the period. There is an aura around works of this era of history, partly seen as "retrò" "bohemian" or/and anticonformist which the director completely latched onto to render the almost hermetic world of the characters. It seems as much anticonformist in our day when oddly matched human relationships are no longer seen to be such but are accepted as the norm, rather than seen through a telephoto lens distorting in a time warp the sentiments of another age. I loved it and love all themes of the "Bloomsbury set"


The King's Speech [DVD]
The King's Speech [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Firth
Price: 2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The King's Speech DVD, 26 Feb 2012
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I really enjoyed this film which just the title is interesting alone, alluding to the oratory that King George V1 had to forcibly deliver to the nation and also to the anxiety of overcoming his speech defects in order to deliver this oratory. Colin Firth was however not remotely my visual idea of the king, even though I admit he did a great job of handling the enormous stress of facing up to what was expected of him,obviously putting a lot of study into speech therapy. To render this as an actor must have been arduous when normal flow of speech is the key factor for the performer. I felt that the real king George V1 was a less robust figure altogether which added to his emotional dilemma. Colin Firth was in too great a physical shape and always looks like Colin Firth no matter which role he is playing. He never fully becomes the personality in my opinion. I would still highly recommend buying this film which entered into the behind the scenes of such momentous aspects of our history, opening up analysis and understanding of the human condition, thereby striking a vibrant emotional chord in the spectator, used to receiving mere protocol media of public figures. This "King" was one of us in a highly unenviable postion.


Patagonia: A Cultural History (Landscapes of the Imagination)
Patagonia: A Cultural History (Landscapes of the Imagination)
by Chris Moss
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Patagonia: A Cultural History (Landscapes of the Imagination), 25 Jan 2012
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This book I would recommend to any reader who wants more from travel than the cost of eating out, hotel recommendations and nightlife. This is my kind of book which actually enters the spirit of place, even if it appears to nearly all writers as being devoid of life, barren and hostile. All the same, there is a spiritual or mystical element in nothingness and humans can react to this whether positively or negatively. I was impressed by the number of historical and modern suicide cases connected with the solitude and /or boredom resulting from an extensive and uninterrupted existence in Patagonia's most isolated areas.
The chapters were arranged out of sequence so that the reader could pick any one at will- as I did, according to preference. All the chapters were extradinarily well-researched and led one to other references of writers, film-makers, music etc to follow-up a personal extension of the book- The bibiography was great too in this respect. Heartily enjoyable. I'd like to read other titles in this collection.


South American Sketches
South American Sketches
by W H Hudson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.90

5.0 out of 5 stars South American Sketches W.H.Hudson, 6 Jan 2012
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I'm enjoying more of Hudson's particular style of short story writing in this book of narrative which like others- "Far Away and Long Ago", "The Purple land" etc. have a great sense of nostalgia for a romantic if extremely violent Argentina, Uruguay,of the end of the nineteenth century. This book doesn't exactly define which nation he is referring to but the tales have a strangeness to them telling of episodes of unusual story lines which no doubt existed up until his years living there before he returned to England, and which by sheer contrast of lifestyle must have thrown into high relief these events he describes. I love it!


Mis 30 Mejores Canciones
Mis 30 Mejores Canciones
Price: 20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Mis 30 Mejores Canciones, 22 Nov 2011
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An excellent cd by one of my favourite artists of Argentine folklore, who although sadly no longer on the scene is still followed by all who love this authentic sound.


Recorriendo Mi Argentina
Recorriendo Mi Argentina
Price: 19.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Ricorriendo Mi Argentina-Jorge Cafrune, 22 Nov 2011
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I was more than pleased to get hold of this music as it cannot be found in the shops. A real tribute to a great exponent of Argentine folklore who is the soul of a brand of music no longer produced today.


The Wildest Dream: George Mallory:  The Biography of an Everest Hero: Mallory - His Life and Conflicting Passions
The Wildest Dream: George Mallory: The Biography of an Everest Hero: Mallory - His Life and Conflicting Passions
by Peter Gillman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars The Wildest Dream, 9 Oct 2011
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I have been waiting several years for a biographical study of Mallory-the man as well as the mountaineer, and this is superb. I heartily recommend it to anyone who wishes to analyse the multiple human motivations for climbing great heights.


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