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Limonov
Limonov
by Emmanuel Carrere
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm, 16 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Limonov (Hardcover)
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I am slightly lost for words about ole Limonov. Listen, this is how much I like Emmanuel Carrere as a writer: I've read almost all his books, most of them in French; and even after having read and mostly disliked this book, I still bought a ticket to go and hear him talking about the novel, in London.

So what's my beef? I found Limonov an uncompelling subject - despite Carrere's argument that actually he's some sort of central symbolic person for European history - a rather unseductive and very politically unappealing dude. (Yet disliking the subject matter didn't stop me loving Carrere's earlier non-fiction book about a mass murderer, L'adversaire.) In the end, even after being highly entertained by Carrere's real-life description of why he wanted to write the book, I just didn't get why he had BOTHERED. Leaving me with a gigantic sense of.... Hmmmmmm-ness. Interesting experiment, poor result.


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Braun PRT2000EU Age Precision Stick Digital Thermometer
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great thermometer, good price too, 16 Jan. 2015
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This is loads, loads better than our last thermometer of this kind. Takes the child's temperature really quickly, which is great when they're wriggling, and is accurate and easy to read. Another review said it takes 30 seconds - no way!! more like about five! It's really useful that it has different settings based on the child's age, so that it will be calibrated for greater accuracy. THen it actually tells you if you should worry about the result - ie whether the child has a fever or not. Really really great.


After Me Comes the Flood
After Me Comes the Flood
by Sarah Perry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

2.0 out of 5 stars Vivid, but for me, never involving, 16 Jan. 2015
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I long to discover new young writers and was pleased to see this had such warm reviews, though perhaps I should have remembered that anything even slightly 'gothic' often completely fails to seduce me. The gothic here comes from a creepy old house, a driver who gets lost and ends up staying the night, a name that is mistaken for another....

This book is carefully put together, and vividly described. But I never, ever felt involved or moved by the main character and found myself eventually skipping large chunks in order to get to the explanation of what was actually happening... which - I should have guessed - never really happened. From the moment it started, with a main character who draws parallels between his own life and that of books, I felt uncomfortable and that it wasn't really 'for me'.


Disney Frozen Princess Elsa Inspired Dress up Costume Party Dress (5-6years)
Disney Frozen Princess Elsa Inspired Dress up Costume Party Dress (5-6years)
Offered by Freshbaffs
Price: £10.33

5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant alternative to expensive disney official dress, 9 Jan. 2015
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This is a really good dress, especially when compared to some of the cheap fancy dress outfits for sale on amazon. It's hemmed, it has a bodice, a zip, and at least three different bits of fancy decoration. The kid I gave it to was really pleased with it and wore it all christmas.


Chinese Puzzle [DVD]
Chinese Puzzle [DVD]
Dvd ~ Romain Duris
Price: £15.52

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally enjoyable, playful film with some serious questions posed and possibly answered..., 14 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Chinese Puzzle [DVD] (DVD)
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Totally enjoyable, playful film with some serious questions posed and possibly answered... Paris-based Xavier's girlfriend leaves him for someone in New York, taking the kids - he must move there too. By coincidence, he's become the sperm-donor for his best friend and her girlfriend to have a baby, also in New York, so now he has THREE children there. Then there's the immigration lawyer who advises him he should think about getting married...

This film is light-hearted in outlook, with some really funny moments, when Xavier seeks love advice from some dead philosophers, for example. But it's also a rather sweet questioning of why some relationships work and others don't, with not too much schmaltziness thrown in, rather a slightly more sombre forty-something view of love and long-term relationships. Really delightful - will go back and watch the others now.


Silence: A Christian History
Silence: A Christian History
by Diarmaid MacCulloch
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening in the best way, 4 Oct. 2014
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I found this book completely fascinating. I assumed it would be a completely academic study, but the personal elements revealed in the introduction - where MacCulloch mentions being gay, and the silence and evasion around gayness in Christianity, his own faith - immediately makes clear that our guide through this subject will be astonishingly wide-read and -ranging, and able to be funny as well as deeply serious.

Bridging topics from contemplation, desert anchorites, through to church denials of sexual abuse, it is extraordinarily lightly told and at the same time you feel in completely safe hands in terms of his scholarship and references. For me the most interesting parts are those concerned with early Christianity, with the religion still trying to work out what it was, Paul telling his readers "live quietly", but at the same time, using words to do so. Really a wonderful, enlightening book.


Milius [DVD]
Milius [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joey Figueroa
Price: £13.80

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I couldn't be in the military. Being a film director is like... the next best thing", 4 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Milius [DVD] (DVD)
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I had never even heard of Milius before starting to watch this film, but in the opening credits you'll see Scorcese, George Lucas, Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss all extolling John Milius's virtues... It was completely fascinating to hear all these interesting voices describing the course at USC where many of them started, talking about how Milius was considered to be the most talented of them all, and then begin to watch his career develop. He is absolutely charming, despite recounting repeated stories of fighting, firings, arguments: and was obviously loved by all these distinguished friends. Would interest anyone who loves films, especially if you have read Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, etc.


The End of Your Life Book Club
The End of Your Life Book Club
by Will Schwalbe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This book was very very sweet and touching, 4 Oct. 2014
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This book was very very sweet and touching. Will Schwalbe wrote the book about the reading he did, alongside his mother, as she was treated for and later dying of cancer. Completely intentionally, his mother Mary Ann is the focus of the book, and you learn a lot about her working life in organisations to benefit refugees worldwide in various ways, with many moving stories told. She was a great reader, and also a committed Christian, and some of their more intriguing conversations take place as she attempts to convince her non-believing son that a certain book should change his beliefs!
But for the most part, they simply read, discuss and enjoy books side by side.
One of the only things I would say is that Schwalbe's great respect and love for his mom does sometimes make the presentation almost too reverential for this reader at least. I didn't totally feel I got a rounded picture. But it will certainly inspire readers to return to some of the books discussed.


Georgie and Elsa: Jorge Luis Borges and His Wife: The Untold Story
Georgie and Elsa: Jorge Luis Borges and His Wife: The Untold Story
by Norman Thomas di Giovanni
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading for any fan of Borges... or Nabokov's Pale Fire..., 13 Sept. 2014
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Readers who discover Borges find one of literature's most bizarre originals: an extraordinary, blind, Buenos Aires eccentric with an astonishing imagination, who produced some of the great works of the twentieth century, and whose dealings with the real world were often childlike, or bitchy, or just plain innocent. Yet there is no obviously good biography of him, and he left little autobiographical writing.

Hence the interest in this book. The writer, Norman Thomas di Giovanni, was a translator who started working with Borges in the late sixties/early seventies and it was he who helped the septuagenarian author reach the English-language market for the first time. He also appeared on the scene about the same time that Borges got married for the first time, an event almost inexplicable when you know more about the writer, who was extremely set in his ways and who loved to engage in very over-romanticised attachments. The book focuses on the marriage, and its ending, as the subtitle shows.

Di Giovanni practically lived with the couple as they both faced up to their own weird choice - she was a rather glamorous woman (the book has wonderful photos) with a twenty year old son who NTdG obviously greatly disliked. (NTDG does NOT go into his recent dispute with the Borges estate, which some have alleged is the cause of this book being written.) But no intelligent reader will conclude from this that they are reading 'the truth' about the marriage, or the man, and the assumption in some reviews that somehow, a heavily biased portrait is of less use to a reader, I found a bit annoying. To be honest I often find it EASIER to read biographical material that's grossly weighted in favour of one particular opinion as I can 'edit it' mentally, the assumptions behind it being clear.

It certainly does not make it less interesting. And I found it in many places reminiscent of one of my favourite books, Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire, a very sinister account of a great writer and his literary admirer :-) The TLS in particular was a bit hard on the book: "several urinary accidents are reported in ghastly detail", their reviewer wrote, I think squeamishly. To be honest, I found these very funny and touching, for Borges was unable (or unwilling?) to go to the loo without Di Giovanni's help, and the results were occasionally not good. I find it intriguing that at least two reviewers seem to have felt Borges wetting himself to be beyond the pale as reportage, but when I think of the detailed personal stuff that gets revealed by ANY biography, i don't see why wee should be so exceptional. You get a sense of a real person, for whom the real world was utterly frustrating and a bit disappointing, and that seemed to make beautiful sense to me. And lovely descriptions of the library where Borges was head honcho - worth reading just for them.


Richard Strauss (20th-Century Composers)
Richard Strauss (20th-Century Composers)
by Tim Ashley
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars AMAZON! THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE BOOKS!!, 7 Sept. 2014
these are two separate books! one by Boyden and one by Tim Ashley. Can you seperate the two ISBNS so i can order Tim Ashley?? At the moment, it clicks through to Boyden's book. Also some of the reviews are for one book, some for the other


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