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The Sound of Laughter
The Sound of Laughter
by Peter Kay
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

3.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious ... BUT.... tightfisted and stingy!, 8 Dec 2010
This review is from: The Sound of Laughter (Paperback)
There is a self-confessed stinginess about Peter Kay - he regales us with tales of getting a job working as a steward at the M.E.N. arena mainly to watch the acts for free and also of continuing to work part time in a garage one morning a week in order to light-fingeredly feed his Duracell battery and TDK videotape habit.

Kay's account of endless dead-end jobs and the freebies he obtains along the way are all very interesting and amusing, however unfortunately Kay's tightfistedness extends to his material. Anyone who has watched his first TV series - `That Peter Kay Thing' will recognise most of the stories and jokes he tells in this autobiography.

Apart from his school days, which provide a few funny tales, the only joke of any note not recycled from `That Peter Kay Thing' into this book was his experience of working in a cash and carry which was the subject of an armed robbery - when told by a robber at gun point to "Get down!" Peter Kay apparently replied "do you mean dance?" Peter Kay is unbelievably talented at turning his everyday life experiences into comic gold, as this autobiography proves, but if you are already a fan of his comedy don't expect many interesting revelations about his personal life or for that matter any new jokes.

Even the Dogs
Even the Dogs
by Jon McGregor
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, literally 'novel', a book version of the big bang!, 12 Mar 2010
This review is from: Even the Dogs (Hardcover)
This novel is written in a very unusual style, narrated in the first person plural, by an ethereal group and follows the death of Robert, who through his sheer physical bulk and agoraphobic possession of his flat provided a centre for their lives.

This almost spiritual tone starkly contrasts with the abused, addicted and despairing lives which the group of friends lead on the streets of an unnamed Midlands city.

After the first couple of pages one rapidly adapts to the style and it proves very easy to read.

The narrative at the heart of the book is a journey of this massed consciousness following and watching Robert's body every step of the way, from being discovered to his funeral.

It's an extremely ambitious novel as it opens outwards through space and time from the confines of the flat to the conflict in the Falklands, Bosnia, and Afghanistan and in a memorable passage then travels back to the grim estates where the book is mostly set.

Although it would be difficult for anyone who is actually likely to read this book to judge how realistic the depiction is of addiction and hopelessness which leads to homelessness the tone of the book seems right. It captures perfectly the strange, symbiotic relationship in our society between the `professionals', doctors, policemen, social workers, key workers, benefit agency people, who look after these people and the damaged addicts who have to learn to play the system to survive.

Even the dogs is relatively short and easy to read, yet manages to encompass the most profound themes of humanity and is one of the best books I have read for a long time.
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World Trade Center [DVD]
World Trade Center [DVD]
Dvd ~ Maria Bello
Price: 2.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exploitative trash or moving testament?, 9 Sep 2007
This review is from: World Trade Center [DVD] (DVD)
The opening 20 mins or so of the film which follows the Nicholas Cage police officer and his men from their normal early morning routine on Sep 11th into the doomed World Trade Centre is beautifully shot.

Whilst this draws you into the film successfully the remaining 1hr 30mins of the film is an uneasy mishmash of the stories of the survivors trapped in the rubble, their families fretting at home and the actions of their rescuers.

Other reviews have mentioned that this film was expected to be a political statement about 9/11 by director Oliver Stone.

Rather than looking to comment about anything on a political level this film seems to be a tribute to the firemen, police and marines doing their ordinary jobs in an extreme situation. On this level the relatively mundane second part can be seen in a sympathetic light which tells a heart rendering story.

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