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Literary landfalls
Literary landfalls
by Dominique Aury
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars The author of 'The Story of O' exposes herself., 15 July 2015
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Although it is unwise to seek to understand an author by reading their fiction, critical essays are often much more revealing of the person behind the pen. Literary Landfalls places Dominique Aury in a literary context of her time, location and social attitudes. As Anne Desclos, she was an editor for Gallimard, and a member of the contemporary intellectual literati of France. And, as Pauline Reage, she was the lover of Jean Paulhan, for whom she wrote 'The Story of O', which was awarded the Prix Deux Magots in France, and banned as obscene until recently in England.

Literary Landfalls explores the French Literary tradition - as distinct from the English or American cultures - and as such provides readers with a better understanding of how the author of 'The Story of O' approached the novel. It was, of course, said to be her response to a challenge from Paulhan to create a work about sadism which would surpass the writing of the Marquis de Sade. This was not difficult, as de Sade's writing is more about satirical political philosophy than any attempt at eroticism. Literary Landfalls reveals that the author of 'O' writes lyrically and - in reaction to the horror of the torture and atrocities committed by the Nazi SS and Gestapo, particularly towards women - from an ironically pacifist perspective. That she is strongly drawn to notions of spiritual strength shines through in her first essay, concerning Fenelon, whose position in the French tradition is similar to that of Thomas More. It is also significant that she was an enthusiastic translator of the work of TS Eliot, and without referencing him, something of the theme of Murder in the Cathedral is evident in her critique of Fenelon, which centres upon the principle of 'Pure Love'. It is interesting that she uses religious imagery in 'The Story of O', and despite Desclos' use of pseudonyms to separate the different aspects of her work, Literary Landfalls throws light upon a personality which has integrity, and is consistent with finding a better understanding of what she was 'getting at' in writing 'O'.

And it also provides insights into the work of many French literary figures.


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Post Motor HEPA Allergy Filter & Seal For Dyson DC07 & DC14 Vacuum Cleaners
Offered by SPARES-2-GO
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great so far as it goes… until you empty the machine., 8 Oct. 2014
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It works. The only downside of Mr Dyson's bag less technology is that the dust from which a HEPA filter is supposed to protect users swirls around when you empty the dust collector, which rather defeats the object, especially as it is attracted to the outside of the collector due to static charges which build up in the plastic.


Zoom H2n + Official Accessory Pack
Zoom H2n + Official Accessory Pack
Offered by Music Gear
Price: £129.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All set to bore the world with sound, 21 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Zoom H2n + Official Accessory Pack
Watch out world! Now I can start to record my poetry, stories and execrable music.

My only desire which this does not meet is the ability to play with multiple tracks, but it will enable me to gather source material and then play with them on Mac and PC.


SanDisk SDSDB-032G-FFP 32 GB Secure Digital SD Card - Frustration-Free Packaging (Label May Change)
SanDisk SDSDB-032G-FFP 32 GB Secure Digital SD Card - Frustration-Free Packaging (Label May Change)
Price: £8.85

4.0 out of 5 stars No frustration here, 21 Jun. 2014
The only problem left is being creative enough to fill the capacity of this card. I bought two, one for my camera and one for my TomTom, which solved a frustrating problem with the TomTom.


Mookie Swingball Replacement Ball and Tether
Mookie Swingball Replacement Ball and Tether
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only skill needed now, 21 Jun. 2014
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The product is fine. The child for whom it was bought has a long way to go before she wins Wimbledon.


9V Roland PSB-1U PSU part power supply replacement adaptor
9V Roland PSB-1U PSU part power supply replacement adaptor
Offered by County Electrical
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It works., 21 Jun. 2014
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Much though I 'love' Roland, I balked at the price of the official AC PSU for my mobile cube ( a useful way of being able to use my guitars, synth and even my laptop either off-grid with six AA batteries, or with access to AC, from a power bar ).

There is nothing particularly complicated about producing a stable regulated PSU which provides a specified output, both in voltage, polarity and amperage of the current supplied, and there's nothing 'cowboy' or cheapskate about this product which is appreciably less expensive than the 'official' Roland product. Doubtless Roland would quibble if a PSU issue damaged my Mobile Cube, which is supplied without an AC PSU - albeit at a good RRP - but I doubt if that risk is very high, as this unit appears to be well-made and is compliant with the standards one might expect from a responsible manufacturer.

It annoys me when manufacturers seem to adopt a strategy of selling a piece of kit at a reasonable price, but then omit essential components, and profiteer from the sale of their own branded whizzo-gizmos to go with the bargain I originally leapt at, by selling it at four times the price of a non-branded equivalent. I'm not keen on travelling the world leaving a trail of exhausted alkaline cells behind me (and I'm prepared to obey Roland's exhortation that I don't try to use rechargeable batteries in my Mobile Cube) so I see the AC PSU as part of the essential product offering, rather than an accessory. It's as if a car manufacturer sold a car without tyres, and then insisted you bought their own branded tyres at four times the price of equivalent spec tyres on the open market.

So this reasonably priced PSU which meetsd Roland's specs perfectly is worth it!


TomTom GO LIVE 825 5" Sat Nav with Europe Maps (45 Countries) (discountinued by manufacturer)
TomTom GO LIVE 825 5" Sat Nav with Europe Maps (45 Countries) (discountinued by manufacturer)
Offered by benta-flowers

4.0 out of 5 stars More than making men redundant., 20 Sept. 2013
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Bought for my wife. Yup. I can read maps and she can't. But she can do things for me... well... you don't need to know.

Apart from the fact that (because every day somebody changes a road somewhere) i have to hitch it to my laptop with a frequency only slightly less than that of attaching a newborn to said wife's breast, it is annoyingly useful. THe traffic stuff updates where it will take me if there's a shedload of shed loads ahead. Which saves time.

Get one. Or don't. If I look a little smug, that's just my lack of grace. I get home with less pain. Probably.

Then again, is time that important? I met some really nice folks the last time I spent four hours stationary behind a chemical spill on the motorway.


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Offered by Original Wood Tops
Price: £9.69

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop asking me to review stuff that works like I expected it to., 20 Sept. 2013
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It works. I'm not dead yet , so if it's toxic, it takes time. But - hey - I liked the internal combustion engine too.


T. S. Eliot in Context (Literature in Context)
T. S. Eliot in Context (Literature in Context)
by Jason Harding
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £74.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Every context except subjective speculation., 16 Aug. 2013
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One of the problems of academic analysis (of which Eliot was disenamoured) is that - beyond the more empirical sciences - it's hard to avoid bashing the evidence into a shape which fits the analysts hypothesis. People speculate about why authors wrote particular works, and posit notions of connection that they then assert were causative. Perhaps they forget, in the case of Eliot, he wrote that poets were too often conscious where they ought to be unconscious... and vice versa. When texts are as dense with allusions (some possibly rather 'tongue in cheek') it can be easy to squeeze out drops of juice which TSE never intended to be read into the work.

Even contemporary literature benefits from being seen in context - the state of the 'tradition' is a continuum, not a status quo, and it is wise to understand the world-picture available to any author as a result of their location, their time, and the myriad other influences beyond their education which might alter our understanding of what they wrote and why they might have expressed it in their own peculiar manner. Naturally, a reader ought to know about linguistic semantic creep, which subtly alters the nuances of words through usage and abuse. What Shakespeare might have intended by the use of the word 'sophisticated' would not match the meaning of the same word in twenty-first century consumer advertising copy.

Essays by a number of distinguished academics are presented in this book. Six present biographical analyses, based principally upon location and stages of life, a further eight consider TSE's activities across the media and forms in which he was engaged, ten more relate his work to his literary influences, and another eight explore his position politically, socially and culturally, including essays on Gender and Anti-Semitism, before the final four discuss his critical reception by his contemporaries and subsequently, and the legacy he left for literature.

Readers will find a rich source of assertions into which they can dip as the mood takes them. Undoubtedly they will agree with some authors, be annoyed by others, and possibly find one or two equivocally remain on their academic fences. Eliot would doubtless prefer that we read Eliot, rather than read about him, and would have been likely to take issue with some of the emphases of individual contributors. It is a curate's egg.

Placing Eliot in the context of the individual reader - and beyond the bounds of academe - one person's interpretation is another's nonsense. If you are an academic, this book is one of the better of the many examples gurgitated by the Eliot Industry, but if you read Eliot for personal enlightenment and inspiration, there will still be a few little gems here and there worth gleaning, which might help to enhance your enjoyment of reading TSE. Which, TSE asserted, was one of the primary purposes of criticism.


Me Cheeta: The Autobiography
Me Cheeta: The Autobiography
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Swiftian satire for the Hollywood generations., 13 July 2013
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Ostensibly a kiss-and-tell Hollywood autobiography by a Chimpanzee, full of cringeworthy scandal and demolition of screen idols, at a deeper level (or levels - this is a multi-layered book) it meets the old cliché of being "a savage indictment" of modern human behaviour. I suppose it's a tragi-comedy. Oddly the early chapters share something in common with The Life of Pi, as our hero endures an ocean voyage in the company of a menagerie of animals captured as set-dressing for the inter war Hollywood movie industry. Thereafter the tale seems to have been developed from the most extreme 'facts' gleaned from tub-thumping corners of the web. The passion with which it is written belies the information that James Lever, the 'ghost writer' behind the Chimpanzee, was commissioned to write the tale, which was nominated for the 2009 Booker Prize.

It is, at times, screamingly funny, but in the best traditions of bathos and pathos, it will make you angry, sad, and disappointedly surprised. It's not merely Hollywood that exploits and abuses innocents abroad, and we are only too well aware that we, the readers and the audience, are culpable for turning a blind eye as animals and human 'stars' are manipulated for our entertainment. There's not much bread, but the circuses are spectacular. The voice of the Chimpanzee is as unreliable as those of the many other Hollywood stars whose autobiographies we may have read, and I eagerly anticipate more from James Lever in the future.


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