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Un Mese Con Montalbano (Oscar Bestsellers)
Un Mese Con Montalbano (Oscar Bestsellers)
by Andrea Camilleri
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for intermediate and advanced students., 13 May 2014
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Everyone knows Montalbano, but not everyone can struggle through the novels, laden as they are with Sicilian dialect. This is a collection of short stories in which the Sicilian is minimal. As always with Camilleri, the stories are ingenious, entertaining, at times humorous and at times ironic. If you want to improve painlessly your understanding of contemporary Italian, you could do very much worse than to buy this collection.


SmartItalian Audio CDs Intermediate/Advanced - Learning Italian from Real Italian People
SmartItalian Audio CDs Intermediate/Advanced - Learning Italian from Real Italian People
by Christian Aubert
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for intermediate and advanced students, 29 Jun. 2013
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This is very good for improving your understanding of spoken Italian. Italians speak very quickly and it's a major problem for foreigners like me to understand what they say. This really helped. The production is a bit sloppy, though: in one case, where they were supposed to have printed the Italian with an English translation they printed the English translation twice, and in another case the narrator introduced an advanced level text as 'beginner level'. A little more care with the production and I'd have given this five stars.


Philosophy and the Real World: An Introduction to Karl Popper
Philosophy and the Real World: An Introduction to Karl Popper
by Bryan Magee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful introduction, 29 Jun. 2013
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Like all Bryan Magee's writing, this is beautifully clear. If you're coming to Popper from scratch, this is probably as good an introduction as any. It certainly introduces you to the main ideas. Except in the area of political theory, Magee is perhaps not sufficiently critical of Popper. Of course there's a limit to what you can do in a book of this size, but I would have welcomed a little more discussion.


The Traitors' Pit: (Wulfgar 2)
The Traitors' Pit: (Wulfgar 2)
Price: £3.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An 11th century swashbuckler, 23 Mar. 2013
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This is a fast-moving thriller dealing with intrigues between the warring factions of 11th century Wessex and Mercia and set against the background of the Danish occupation. The hero Wulfgar, a young cleric, is sent on an official mission from Gloucester to York, while at the same time having a personal mission to clear his brother's name. There's plenty of action, and if you've a taste for horror you'll find that too - there's a particularly horrifying chapter describing a trial by ordeal. The plot is complex and understanding would probably be helped by a little background knowledge. But don't let that put you off. This, the second novel in what is going to be a series, is a good read,
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Science and Poetry (Routledge Classics)
Science and Poetry (Routledge Classics)
by Mary Midgley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely book, 23 Mar. 2013
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I found this book excellent. Mary Midgley challenges the notion that science is the royal road to understanding. She traces this view right back to ancient Greece and shows how it has come to prevail since the Enlightenment. Instead she recommends Gaia thinking (though not in the New Age sense), recommending seeing ourselves as part of nature and the planet as a living organism. Such a view is, of course, not original but it needs arguing for, and few have done this as cogently as Mary Midgley.


Introduction to Phenomenology
Introduction to Phenomenology
by Robert Sokolowski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 20 May 2012
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I found this quite excellent. Unlike many 'introductions' to phenomenology which are written in impenetrable jargon, this book takes you step by step through a number of fundamental ideas in the phenomenological tradition. The language is straightforward and the examples illuminating. What the book does not do is to tell you who thought what, but in my view this isn't really what you want to know. Phenomenology, like philosophy in general, isn't fundamentally something you know about, it's something you do; and if you want to be able to 'do' phenomenology it's hard to think of a better book to get you going.


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