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A. H. Lever "Alan Lever" (Bolton, England)
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Annie Barrows
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading, 16 Nov 2009
Very well written , and reminded me of the many Channel Island child evacuees that I knew as a boy, that either stayed or passed through Bolton during the war. In fact the grammar school that I was due to start was "commandeered" to process the children , so that many of us were sent instead to local golf clubs to start our first "School Cert" education.
The balance of humour and hardship is very well handled in the book and it is hard to imagine any reader not liking it.


Capote [DVD]
Capote [DVD]
Dvd ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 3.90

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly Intriguing, 18 July 2006
This review is from: Capote [DVD] (DVD)
Due to the scandalously limited English cinema release of this film I was waiting for the DVD impatiently to see if my initial very favourable impression at the local multiplex was valid.

I was not disappointed, this film is little short or a masterpiece and incidentally the DVD extras are good as well.

For me the film is about writing, and the lying and scheming that lies behind research into morbid crimes.In this sense the viewer is of course complicit in the salaciousness of the subject matter, just as much as the writer, the reader and his P.R. men.come to that.

Visually the use of the Winnepeg for Kansas locations is succesful, and the acting is superb.


Dogville [DVD] [2004]
Dogville [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Nicole Kidman
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 6.95

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Berthold ?, 13 Jan 2005
This review is from: Dogville [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
What a truly great film , pity the DVD version edits out Grace's initial friendly reception by her future exploiters .
Still what remains on disc is the best attempt yet to use Brechtian alienation as film technique, including B/W attempts from the 30's and 40's.


Little Infamies
Little Infamies
by Panos Karnezis
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical orTragicomical Realism?, 21 Nov 2002
This review is from: Little Infamies (Paperback)
Whilst I read this book I felt that Karnezis was not only skilfully and deliberately messing about with time and reality but also with my mind, and very enjoyable it was too!
The holidaymaker should be warned that accepted views of affable, charming and welcoming Greek villagers are not only challenged but also assaulted head on then pulverised in this imaginative set of stories. Although the stories seem usually to have a doom-laden quality, the writer also manages to surprise with ironically twisted endings.
Karnezis goes only partway towards "magical realism", so that the reader is left unsure about whether or not centaurs still eke out livings as freak acts in travelling circuses.
Classical and Biblical echoes are there although this great read doesn't need textual analysis to be enjoyed - but what a hard first book to follow Panos!


O Brother, Where Art Thou?
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Price: 4.50

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and enjoyable, these tracks complement the film., 29 Nov 2000
Whether you want to deconstruct the film into its classical roots and think about any socio-political resonances or sit back and let the disarmingly good humoured style wash over you , the music will match either mood. The devil may have all the best music after all,still I'll buy it on credit (but soul free!)


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