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The Pianist
The Pianist
by Wladyslaw Szpilman
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humbling, 1 Oct. 2010
This review is from: The Pianist (Audio CD)
I listened to the audio c.d. of this book.Excellently read by Stephen Greif. The sheer horror of the suffering of the Jews and later the non-Jewish residents of Warsaw are so hard to comprehend as you listen to Szpilmans account of his escape from the jaws of death. This book should be a part of all senior school curriculum, as you can learn more about the second world war and how it affected totally innocent people than most history books. I was left both shocked by the utter carnage heaped on these people and also in awe of his human spirit to survive a trip into HELL.

The Tree Of Wooden Clogs [1978] [DVD]
The Tree Of Wooden Clogs [1978] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Luigi Ornaghi
Price: £4.60

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinema at its finest, 24 Sept. 2010
If only there were more films made like this. The film tells the story of a group of peasants struggling to survive from one day to the next. The hardship, the joy and the despair of their exsistance is beautifully portrayed by a cast of non-actors. This film is a masterpiece. If you like blockbusters look eleswhere, if you appreciate film making of the highest order then this film is for you.
This film reminds me of two excellent novels about hardship and struggle 'Knut Hamsun-Growth of the Soil' and 'Halldor Laxness- Independent People'.

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus
Bitter Lemons of Cyprus
by Lawrence Durrell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry in Motion, 4 Mar. 2010
First and foremost Durrell was a great poet. When he writes, this leads to a wonderfully descripitive use of words.The language embraces the subject matter and what flows from his pen is nothing short of poetic imagery. You get the feeling of being there with him, drinking Raki with the locals, driving along the coastal roads, stopping at an ancient ruin and listening to it speak of its glorious past.

As the country shakes off the colonial shackles and fights for its freedom, Durrell caught in the middle, shares the pain of the locals and struggles with the inept British administration he has become a part of.
Durrell loved Cyprus and its people, as he did the Greeks and their lands in general. Reading this book will transform you into his and their lives and you will be enriched by the experience.

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

Count Julian (Masks)
Count Julian (Masks)
by Juan Goytisolo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the pen is mightier than the sword, 18 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Count Julian (Masks) (Paperback)
Quite simply the greatest novel that I have read. Goytisolo uses the written word as a weapon. His hate for what his beloved country has become under Franco is channelled into a story so beautifully ruthless.
Reading this book often left me stunned by the sheer brutality of his writing, written not in ink but in acid, the pages burning with his overwhelming desire to expunge the rape of his home and its people by the fascist regime in Spain.
This book is a masterpiece and one of the greatest jewels in world literature.

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