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Kenilworth: A Romance (Penguin Classics)
Kenilworth: A Romance (Penguin Classics)
by Sir Walter Scott
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good novel, although not the best of Scott's novels, 4 Jan 2014
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This is a good novel, although in my opinion not as good as Scott's The Antiquary and the Heart of Midlothian. Scott writes at times in the Renaissance style, there are many references to Shakespeare and his contemporaries, which can put readers off due to its difficulty. However once you get passed the initial language abstruseness, the plot of the novel is well developed and leads up to an exciting climax. The characterisation is good, especially of Elizabeth I, her portrayal whilst it may not be historic, certainly is believable. All in all I would recommend this novel, which does require work, but like all good novels, you are rewarded for the effort you put into it.

Hearts And Bones
Hearts And Bones
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Paul Simon albums, 21 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Hearts And Bones (Audio CD)
In my opinion, this is one of Paul Simon's best albums. Incredible to think that the critics didn't like this album compared to his earlier ones. Not all songs are 5 star quality and the ones that are: 'Hearts and Bones, Think too much (both versions), Song about the Moon and Rene and Georgette Magritte with their dog after the war' really are 5 star.


Made In Heaven
Made In Heaven
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made in Heaven, 27 May 2004
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After writing a review of the preceding album 'Innuendo', it's hard not to connect the two together. The darkness that is apparent in 'Innuendo' still lingers here, but there is a new sense of hope that we only saw a climpse of in 'Innuendo'. With the title song 'Made in Heaven', Mercury hangs us in the balance between hope and despair. Like in 'Innuendo', Freddie reaches out to society, only here in a more direct way. 'Mother Love' and 'Heaven for everyone' is a critique of modern man, and the lack of true spirituality and morality within our age. But this critique is made far more meaningful in relating it to his own life, a tragic life. Yet despite of all the tragedy and all the pain within society and his own life, there is hope. And in the songs of 'My life has been saved', and 'A Winter's tale' (Freddie's last ever song), he points us towards this hope, a hope that is not found outside in society, but a hope that is found within. Such is the power of this album.

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