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John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art
John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art
by Frances Spalding
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art, 3 Oct. 2011
I have virtually no criticism of this book, which presents an excellent balance between the life and work of this couple. Colour illustrations - about 12 pages [I'm not at home to have a look] - are excellent. Myfanmy comes into her own in the discussion of her work on opera libretti with Benjamin Britten; very interesting for Britten fans, but illuminating in the broader sense of listening more critically. I went to the John Piper exhibition in Eastbourne shortly after reading this, and the book does illuminate the paintings. Only quibble is publishers' use of american Zs for S [civilization]: a practical point is that it a big fat book which needs a lectern or a cushion under it!


Captivated: J. M. Barrie, Daphne Du Maurier and the Dark Side of Neverland: J.M. Barrie.
Captivated: J. M. Barrie, Daphne Du Maurier and the Dark Side of Neverland: J.M. Barrie.
by Piers Dudgeon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Barrie wasn't the only adult around, 3 Dec. 2010
This book was both interesting and irritating. The Du Maurier family had problems; whether Barrie added to them is a moot point. As a biographer, Dudgeon is entitled to speculate where there is good supporting evidence, but his clear dislike of Barrie, and his readiness to blame him for anything that goes wrong in the life of anyone to whom Barrie becomes close is frustrating. Too much Dudgeon and not enough J M Barrie: to whom he irritatingly refers to as 'Jim' throughout the book. Barrie may have been an undue influence on the children, but they had parents, and if the 'lost boys' mother was more entranced by Barrie than by her own husband, surely that is her responsibility, not Barrie's. The same is true of other adult relationships. Biographers need to stand back and take a somewhat ironic stance to the people they dissect.


Jean Sablon Portrait
Jean Sablon Portrait
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Portrait of Jean Sablon, 21 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Jean Sablon Portrait (Audio CD)
48 tracks from a charming singer of light Chansons. Sablon had a successful career in both the USA and France before and after WW2. [His track 'Je suis sex appeal' I suppose illustrates the Atlantic crossover.] Souffle rather than meaty, but first class of its kind - ideal for summer drinks, driving through the countryside with the top down; peu d'angoisse.


A Philosophy of Boredom
A Philosophy of Boredom
by Lars Fr. H. Svendsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The destructive nature of modern boredom: coined as a word in 1760., 11 Mar. 2007
Svendson discusses the nature of modern boredom, which he distinguishes from the ancient 'Acedia', the forerunner of the modern concept of boredom: the word itself dates from 1760. `Boredom became widespread when traditional structures of meaning disappear.' He also distinguishes the concept from that of mere ennui or world weariness, although I would say that the ennui of the aristocrat who had been everywhere and done everything does resemble that of the modern shopped-out, travelled-out, consumer. However, there is more to it.

Svendsen ranges widely though the history of ideas, taking a phenomenological rather than psychological approach. The book offers both a good introduction to the subject, with plenty of useful references for readers who wish to go deeper, and an apportunity for rusty philosophers to reacquaint themselves with old friends. [I dug out Kierkegaard's Either/Or to read his discussion of boredom.]


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