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Carrie
Carrie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had walked you home Carrie !, 12 April 2016
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This review is from: Carrie (Kindle Edition)
Man , am I glad I read ' Carrie ' ! I want to write these comments because some three days after finishing the book I still have a vividly dark image in my head of the unlucky , broken Carrie , trudging home from the prom , her wreck of a life in pieces around her. Stephen King's writing is so vivid I could not fail to be affected by her wretched destiny - I walked through the town with her during the finale , I felt everything she felt , even the famous blood sodden dress felt real and took on a new humiliation , independent of any film .
Before reading Carrie I had been mesmerised by the poetry Stephen Kings' 'Different Seasons ' and the depth of ' The Shining ' , so I bought the novel ' IT' as this appeared to be a favourite amongst his fans , but this was a terrible book in my opinion , so I abandoned the absurd story on page 812 ( nowhere near the end ) and I was nervy of reading anymore . But as you know , I did , and I feel richer for reading Carrie . Living in her shoes for two days was surreal indeed . Famously ' Carrie ' was Stephen Kings first novel , and although he must have been clued up about writing ,with him being an English teacher , I still think he must have a lot of natural skill to put this together in such a clever way - it has a distinct form which must have taken him patience and perseverance to pull off . Thank you Mr. King , I might read ' Christine' soon .


Barbra Streisand: Timeless - Live In Concert [DVD]
Barbra Streisand: Timeless - Live In Concert [DVD]
Dvd ~ Barbra Streisand
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good repertoire., 9 Aug. 2014
She is in perfect voice as usual and the song selection is awesome , some real treats are here , like ' Being Alive ' and ' The Main Event' and 'Alfie '. I only gave it 3 stars because Barbra appears very wooden to me , don't know if this was due to nerves or hating the whole experience and doing it for money or whatever , but the script is awful and lacks sponteniety. Then in the 2nd half she flounces on stage in this ugly billowing satin gown which takes over the stage and truly makes an old fogey of her.Chunder.
The charisma from the 1993 concerts is nowhere to be seen unfortunately. May I add that in 1993 I was a schoolboy living near the venue she played in London and my parents could not afford to take me. Years later I hopped on a plane to Los Angeles and saw this very same show live - which was lovely and she was very relaxed , making fun of herself and kicking her stilettos of for comfort. A really nice warm lady is what I saw that night. Thanks a lot Barbra .


Running On Empty [DVD]
Running On Empty [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christine Lahti

5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece., 17 May 2014
This review is from: Running On Empty [DVD] (DVD)
This film so much stands alone in the way it affects me that I find myself anticipating these pangs of emotion as I am loading the DVD. River Phoenix' magnetism is truly remarkable and it makes me wonder how such a quiet and oddly shy performance can be so compelling. Maybe Mr Phoenix was just one of a kind.
The back ground music is , to me , another factor in this films' magic - it gives a sense of the secret sadness Rivers character carries around so stoicallly.
So , yeah if you like a film with no fancy effects or improbable macho man action try this one.


In Search of River Phoenix: The Truth Behind The Myth
In Search of River Phoenix: The Truth Behind The Myth
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3.0 out of 5 stars Peculiar, 16 Oct. 2013
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What can say ? I had read about this book probably over a year ago & could not justify the enormous sum of money being asked for the paper copy , which was annoying because it seemed to promise so much. So all this time later it has became my first e-book.It has many fine moments - and some cheap ones - i.e years ago some cheaky so and so got the chance to photocopy Rivers' driving licence without his knowing , and it is printed in here. Make of that what you will, but some might find it dubious. Cheap anecdotes from people who were plainly insignificant to River are generously dappled throughout. Maybe you can undertstand the author including such things , as the same old treatment of Rivers' life story makes tedious reading.
It is a labour of love ,but I got the feeling the author did not want to stop , or did not know when to stop. It needs editing. There is a silly section questioning Rivers sexuality based on his poses in pin up shots - for Gods sake ! Meh .
But I like the new info it provides, like Rivers' fee for Stand By Me is disclosed - the kind of thing you would like to read in a serious biography, so thanks for the good stuff too, Mr Lawrence!
The forward by William Richert is beautifully written , with so much passion, the reader cannot fail to be moved. If only Richert had more imput .....


The Children Of Dynmouth (Penguin Decades)
The Children Of Dynmouth (Penguin Decades)
by William Trevor
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem, 10 July 2012
Having read another title in the Penguin Decades series,I was left curiose about the other titles they were plugging with those charming jackets designed by Zandra Rhodes.
All I can say is I am glad l did. The Children Of Dynmouth is a remarkable story indeed.It revolves around a neglected young boy who is preoccupied with obtaining props for a cringe worthy act he plans to peform at the annual talent contest in Dynmouth. Along the way we see him blackmailing and intimidating those who's assistance he needs,all to fulfill his fleeting dream of winning the talent show.
But l am just scratching the surface.Here we have a tale full of fascinating characters,tantalising sub plots and prose brimming with ugly truths.


Barbra Streisand - The Movie Album [CD+DVD]
Barbra Streisand - The Movie Album [CD+DVD]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Taste Of Honey!!!, 26 Oct. 2005
This album is such a pleasure to play.Only Barbra can do a whole album of just ballads without it being boring.She starts with the most soothing version of Charlie Chaplin's ' Smile ' I have had the pleasure of hearing,and Barbra's version of ' Moon River 'is absolutley charming to say the least.
Perhaps the highlight is 'I'm In The Mood For Love ',the yearning and sultry tone of her voice is sublime!
Another track worthy of mention is a little known number titled 'Calling You' from a film called 'Bagdad Cafe'.This song has a surreal and haunting tone to it,which, with Barbra Streisand's crystal clear vocals,could well send your imagination anywhere while your listening!
The album sleeve must rank as one of the most artistic in her entire catalogue.Some really striking photo's of her.
Thank you very much Barbra, 'The Movie Album'is a superb package!


The Life And Loves Of A She-Devil - Complete Series [1986] [DVD]
The Life And Loves Of A She-Devil - Complete Series [1986] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dennis Waterman
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for the She-Devil!, 22 Aug. 2005
Julie.T.Wallace and Patricia Hodge were so perfect for these roles.Particularly Julie T, she steals every scene she appears in,what a shame she has'nt had more leading roles.
Liz Smith gives a terrific and hilarious performance as Patricia Hodge's(Mary Fisher's)trouble making mother.And there is also Miriam Margoyles,Dennis Waterman and Tom Baker.The cast is fantastic,though Dennis Waterman is not convincing as the middle class Bobbo.He is too much of a 'lad'.
It is great wicked fun,and so British.A little dated, but that is to be expected.And it is a shame the cast could not have done new interviews for the D.V.D release.And my discs are incorrectly labelled.But I love it!
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Auto Da Fay
Auto Da Fay
by Fay Weldon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating lady!, 15 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Auto Da Fay (Paperback)
Fay Weldon begins her autobiography with her birth,in Birmingham, England.She guides us through to her emmigration to New Zealand at a young age.This is an interesting episode because her family's migration was done the old way,via sea voyage.
She reveals her medical doctor father was, unfortunately,something of a dissapointment,being unreliable at inconvenient times,and by and large,not being there for his daughters.Fay being the younger of two daughters.Later on we learn that the son her father had with his second wife, grew up to be some big cheese in soft porn movies.It seems so many of her relatives and associates are notable for something or other. Her upbringing was largly female orientated. Her mother strikes as being somewhat stoic and conservative.There is a heart rending account of the young Fay's immature fascination with an older girl at school being misinterpreted as lesbianism by her disappoving mother.
The family( minus the father) moved back to the U.K when Fay was in her teens.
The many life changes and interesting associations this lady mentions in her autobiography are too numerous to mention.
Anybody who has devoured a Weldon novel, and wondered where her fascinating characters and insights come from ( Praxis & The Life & Loves Of A She-Devil for example)will gain a whole lot of insight from reading her autobiography.
Eventually, the book ends in the 1960's by which time, Fay Weldon was in her thirties.However, dont assume that this makes her autobiography hollow or sketchy,it ends at an appropriate point.
Being admirably candid,in the middle of the book,she relates the circumstances which led her to marrying an older gentleman, who, to her frustration, lacked any sexual interest in her whatsoever.She tells us how this unsuitable union led her to lose the plot somewhat, and how she temporarily descended into an unhealthy lifestyle of apathy and promiscuity- from which she proudly rescued herself, of course!She opted to write about herself in this chapter of her life, in third person.This demonstrating how far she has moved on since that dark period.
There is so much in this book.She has lived in haunted houses,seen loved ones tormented by mental illness, slept with her friends boyfriend,lost dear friends in nasty accidents,been a single mum with no money,and created many well known advertising slogans.However she does not give her writing career very much attention in this book.
The end is positive.You'll watch her emerge, very natrually, into a successful career woman,married to her true love,and finally into the accomplished author we know today.


Praxis: A Novel
Praxis: A Novel
by Fay Weldon
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very absorbing, 26 July 2004
This review is from: Praxis: A Novel (Hardcover)
Fay Weldon writes fascinating novels.With Praxis,she simply invents a woman & gives her a varied life story,you know,a few up's & downs etc...and she makes it utterly compelling to read.
I first read Praxis as a fifteen year old school boy,because I found The Life & Loves Of A She-Devil so intriquing.But this is so much better!
This novel is highly recommend to anyone who likes a sordid shock,because this book promises you an excellent one!


Stoney End
Stoney End

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stoney End, 3 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Stoney End (Audio CD)
This album has a very special place in my heart.I used to play it while getting ready for school.On it,Barbra delivers her voice to us with the usual combination of sincerity and vocal spontaneity her fan's are accustomed to.
She sing's all the ballads perfectly, but her rendition of 'I Don't Know Where I Stand' is so hypnoticly poignant you can almost picture a younger Barbra sitting alone by the window brooding!
Another cool thing on this album is that apart from the ballads,it also has a folky , gospel theme,which she pull's off really well.The tracks 'Free The People', 'Time And Love' and 'Stoney End' let us hear a Barbra who is chilled out and positive,in contrast to the aformentioned song, and her rendition of the self-pitying 'If You Could Read My Mind' which she delivers with piercing bitterness.
If,like me,you were'nt around when the album was released, then I recommend it if you want to taste the spirit of hippy youth in the late sixties and early seventies.
Overall,I would sum up this album as sexy,upbeat, and emotive.


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