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The Thin Red Line
The Thin Red Line
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Price: 6.52

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best soundtracks I know., 15 Feb 2004
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This review is from: The Thin Red Line (Audio CD)
If you listen to this music - composed by Hans Zimmer - you notice that it's nothing like the usual war-movie sounds (a lot of brass, pounding drums, etc.). Instead it's music that makes you dream away and it takes you to beautiful and peaceful places where you have never been before. The music is quiet with a simple but beautiful melody, sensitive and sometimes a little sad but never sentimental. This sadness and the fact that on two or three occasions you hear eerie voices and sounds, reminds you that there is a war going on.
It's a soundtrack you can listen to without having seen the movie.

One Quiet Night
One Quiet Night
Price: 16.88

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something important., 6 Oct 2003
This review is from: One Quiet Night (Audio CD)
I know people who call this background music. Is that true ? Yes, in so far that almost every kind of music from Bach and Mozart to The Rolling Stones can be used as background music. But it's not true if you take the time to listen carefully. There can be a lot of variety, compare for instance 'Song For The Boys' with the dreamy 'Another Chance', but variety is not the message of this CD. You have to listen to the recording as a whole, pretty much as a symphony in classical music. Let's hear what Pat Metheny has to say: 'This record is about essentially one sound, basically one mood, and taking the time to go deep inside that single world'.
One thing: if you're not familiar with the sound and the tuning of this baritone guitar, it may take a little while to get used to it.

The Caretaker
The Caretaker
by Harold Pinter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's no caretaker at all !, 16 April 2003
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This is the story of three men. Mick is the proprietor of a shabby house in the country side. Aston-his brother-is always busy with something but never accomplishes anything. Finally there is Davies, some kind of a hobo, adopted by Aston who gives him a place to sleep and - after a while - asks him if he wants a job as caretaker. Davies is very reluctant and finds petty excuses to postpone the decision of becoming the caretaker.
What is the plot of this play? Everything stays the same, nothing will ever happen. It becomes clear that the three characters are stuck with each other (Pretty much like the characters of 'With closed doors' by J.P.Sartre.).
The most impressive part of the play is the monologue by Aston in which he tells how he was treated with electro shocks when he was a kid. This is one of the most gruesome parts I know in modern theatre.

The Story of My Typewriter
The Story of My Typewriter
by Paul Auster
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul, Sam and the Typewriter., 30 Nov 2002
Paul's story:
It all began in 1974 when he came back to the United States. He tells how he got the typewriter, why-later on-he didn't buy an electric typewriter nor a computer like everybody else nowadays.
Finally we learn how Sam Messer met the typewriter and how a relationship grew between these two.
Sam's story:
The illustrations of Sam Messer are the most attractive part of this book. They are not really illustrations but tell a second story of their own. The story of an old and hardworking typewriter, battered by the fingers of Paul Auster. A typewriter that suffers pain, hardship and gets angry once in a while.
To be honest: this book is an art-book and almost all the credits go to Sam Messer. A must!

Greek Lyric: Anacreon - Anacreontea - Choral Lyric from Olympus to Alcman v. 2 (Loeb Classical Library)
Greek Lyric: Anacreon - Anacreontea - Choral Lyric from Olympus to Alcman v. 2 (Loeb Classical Library)
by David A. Campbell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anacreon makes it more than worthwile, 3 Nov 2002
Anacreon lived in the sixth century B.C. His poems are about wine, love and getting old. They are easy to read thanks to his
humour, vivid expressions and originality.
For hundreds of years after his dead there were a lot of imitators who wrote poems called the anacreontea.They also had a lot of success in their time.
One of the best poems tells how one night, when a storm raged outside, Eros knocks at the door of Anacreon, saying he's only a poor child lost in the tempest. Anacreon who feels pity for Eros lets him in. They sit down at the fireplace. After a while Eros feels better again, takes his bow saying he wants to check it and shoots an arrow in the heart of Anacreon. Eros laughs and says: have courage! My bow is fine but I fear you will be in love again soon!
It would be more than worthwile to buy this book only for Anacreon and the Anacreontea.

Cicero: v. 1: Letters to Friends (Loeb Classical Library)
Cicero: v. 1: Letters to Friends (Loeb Classical Library)
by Marcus Tullius Cicero
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.89

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A look into the life of the Roman elite., 7 Dec 2001
Cicero's 'Letters to Friends' has three volumes in the Loeb Classical Library. In volume II there are three main subjects: the civil war, the illness if his secretary Tiro and the divorce from his wife Terentia.There are also other topics like travels, books and domestic pleasures. I find the letters to his secretary the most interesting because Cicero shows himself here as a caring human being (in contrast to his cold and formal attitude towards his wife).
In general though The Letters have a tendency to rhetorics and are therefore often longwinded and sometimes a little boring.

Shadow of Memories
Shadow of Memories
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4.0 out of 5 stars No weapons allowed., 30 Nov 2001
This review is from: Shadow of Memories (Video Game)
What makes it special is that it's the first PlayStation game ever where you have to defeat your ennemy with a time travel device.
I gave it 4 stars because the game is too short for an expensive PS2 game ( 2 or 3 hours !). On the other hand there are several possible endings and a bonus game, the game has a nostalgic atmosphere and the graphics are astonishing.

Handel - Violin Sonatas, complete
Handel - Violin Sonatas, complete
Price: 18.52

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that won't let you go., 15 Nov 2001
Handel's andante's are introspective, sometimes a little sad but never sentimental like a few violin-adagio's from Bach. The allegro's are vivid and catch the ear but never show off like some allegro's from Vivaldi.
This recording is a well-balanced musical offering that never starts boring. If you like the organ-concerto's by Handel you will also love this violin music.

Deipnosophists: v. 5 (Loeb Classical Library)
Deipnosophists: v. 5 (Loeb Classical Library)
by Athenaeus
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book worthwile the trouble., 19 Oct 2001
Athenaeus lived in the third century A.D. and was born in Naucratis at Egypt. His'Dipnosophistae'(Banquet of Scholars) is not complete anymore but we have extensive summaries of this work. There are thirty scholars at the banquet and each tells us about a subject which is his speciality. To name a few of these subjects: antiquities (already at that time !), art, literature, gastronomy,etc. One of the main subjects is gastronomy (not something scholars are used to talk about but this is a banquet after all). In this work are a lot of excerpts from different authors we would not know about without Athenaeus. For instance several poems of Sapfo are only known because they are cited in this work of Athenaeus. Another topic is travelling (A hazardous enterprise in those days even on the Roman 'speedways'. In one of those travel stories, a large Roman ship, built for the transportation of corn, is described in detail. We read for example about the facilities for the representative of Hiero(Hiero is the owner of the ship but he is to busy to travel himself). These facilities were big enough for fifteen places to sleep and was divided in three large cabins. A galley - only for this representative and his family or friends - was located at the stern. Each cabin had a mosaic on the floor showing scenes from the Iliad.(Can you imagine? Such a passenger facility on a cargo ship!).
All this is very interesting but sometimes you have to read twenty boring pages or more to read finally one interesting page. But to me that one page makes it worthwile to read the other twenty boring pages.

Manuel Barrueco: Nylon & Steel
Manuel Barrueco: Nylon & Steel
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 12.95

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An oasis of quality music., 2 Oct 2001
The tracks on this recording vary from exuberant latin-american jazz - like 'Beyond The Mirage' - to more introspective music like 'The Grand Passion'. 'Northern Lights'is very sensitive as well, it makes you a little bit melancholic.
Between all the noisy dance-music we have nowadays, 'Nylon & Steel' is an oasis of quality
and high standard.(Though there is no classical music played on this CD - apart from Villa-Lobos - don't let that spoil the fun).
Something about this music reminds me of the piano-music of Brad Mehldau: it sounds familiar and at the same time it's unique.

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