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The Tony Hancock BBC Collection (8 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1956]
The Tony Hancock BBC Collection (8 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1956]
Dvd ~ Tony Hancock
Price: £16.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Jan. 2015
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Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity
Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity
by Carl Phelpstead
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction, 20 Aug. 2011
This is an excellent introduction to readers of Tolkien whose knowledge of Welsh language and culture is limited. First, it is fairly short: the text, as distinct from notes, etc., is just 116 pages. It deals with the influence of Welsh on some of Tolkien's invented languages (though I think the author slightly exaggerates the similarities between Welsh and Sindarin). There follows a good description of relevant Welsh legends and stories. An important feature is a discussion of works held in Tolkien's "Celtic library". Little of ths will be new to students of Welsh culture; the book is aimed above all at helping readers of Tolkien, an objective which I think it achieves successfully.


Linguaphone PDQ Turkish (includes 4 CDs)
Linguaphone PDQ Turkish (includes 4 CDs)
by Cigdem Balim-Hardin
Edition: Audio CD

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good grounding, 9 May 2011
This is a good introduction to basic "survival" Turkish, oriented slightly more towards the business traveller than the tourist. There are eight lessons, with new vocabulary and structures introduced and practised by means of well-constructed exercises. The strongest point for me is the pronunciation examples and practice on the four CDs: an essential part of the course. This should give a solid grounding for further work in Turkish, as well as being helpful as a basic traveller's aid.


Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon, 2nd Edition
Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon, 2nd Edition
by Brian Rosebury
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £68.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 18 Mar. 2011
This work is probably the best book-length study of Tolkien's stories from a chiefly literary and cultural (as distinct from linguistic, fantastic etc.) viewpoint. It gives an insight into Tolkien's achievement in terms particularly of his descriptive power and the thought-processes behind it, showing particularly the consistency with which Tolkien unites this with his concept of such issues as free will and moral choice, as well as such varied maters as creative inspiration and political morality. He also writes in easily comprehensible English that is likely to appeal to ordinary readers, as distinct from professional academics (which may partly explain its inexplicable neglect). It is indeed essential reading for anybody seriously interested in Tolkien's work, ranking alongside such authors as Shippey and Flieger.


The Praise Singer
The Praise Singer
by Mary Renault
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, understated power, 15 Nov. 2006
This review is from: The Praise Singer (Paperback)
The least popular of Renault's books? Perhaps, because it may be regarded as the most intelligent (which is saying a lot). It is shot through with a restrained irony which is a long way short of "knowingness". The picture of a Greek civilisation moving gradually from an oral to a literate culture combines with speculation on the artist's relationship with the state in a way that has things to say to us. Also, as always with Renault, it's a very good story.


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