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The Map and the Territory
The Map and the Territory
by Michel Houellebecq
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars star rating irrelevant...., 9 April 2012
Am I alone in getting incredibly frustrated at searching through the 'reviews' and finding nothing but a) 'professional' i.e. paid reviewers waffling on and creaming themselves in competing in how many superlatives they can use (as all their fellow reviwers do the same...), consequently failing to give the slightest clue as to the actual contents of the novel itself, or b) amazon readers' reviews which merely talk about themselves, their own interests, tastes, their other favourite books etc. etc. etc. - all 'helpfully' introduced with introductory sentences about Houellebecq the man gleaned from wikipedia etc.(gee, how useful guys...) just to show they too 'know how to write a review'(sic). I would rather REALLY appreciate someone writing as review which actually tells one about the BOOK, (the plot, style, structure etc).... or am I simply asking too much these days???

Hence my 'star rating' is irrelevant as I simply haven't read this book, I've read all Houellebecq's other work, and would be curious to know more about this one - hence my - frustrated - attempt to find a review of it!!!!


Athanasius Kircher: A Renaissance Man and the Quest for Lost Knowledge: A Late Renaissance Philosopher and Scientist (Art and Imagination)
Athanasius Kircher: A Renaissance Man and the Quest for Lost Knowledge: A Late Renaissance Philosopher and Scientist (Art and Imagination)
by Joscelyn Godwin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the pittance for the illustrations alone, 7 Mar. 2012
I found the only other review grossly unfair: this item costs practically nothing and is full of (often full-page) reproductions of Kircher's impossible to find works: worth the cover price for that alone (indeed, the text of this slim volume is dispensible - in line with the rest of this T&H series - , but let's be honest, so are Kircher's own...! See his 'translation' of the hieroglyphic inscription for proof of the point....)

I also found pointless the other reviewer's going into the author's background for this lightweight but fun publication - who cares about his academic credentials??! Open your eyes, look at the illustrations, get enlightened, and stop complaining!


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