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The Idler 42: Smash the System
The Idler 42: Smash the System
by Tom Hodgkinson
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 4 Jun. 2010
This is an excellent book! Packed with interesting essays about how we should be living our lives (but not written in a patronizing fashion like so much of literature today) - primarily by enjoying ourselves,rather than getting caught up in the hype of consumerism, stressed by the media and Parliament. This does genuinely remind you that there is more to life than just buying the next accessory, and acting as a slave to the wage system. I strongly recommend this to everyone, either capitalist or anarchist, liberal or socialist! VIVA LA VIDA!


Four Quartets (Faber Poetry)
Four Quartets (Faber Poetry)
by T.S. Eliot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 27 Mar. 2010
'The Four Quartets' is often mocked by people who don't enjoy poetry as nonsense. Although it takes a greaqt deal of patience to try and understand what Eliot is saying, it is nevertheless worth reading. It was written over a lenghty time and seems to illustrate Eliot's faith and his attempt to reach some sort of understanding. It can be seen as a piece of meditation which draws both from Christian and Buddhist influences. It is not an 'easy read', but even if you don't take the trouble to try and understand what it means, it can still create a particular feeling as most good poetry does. I suppose it is sort of comparable to a Steven Berkoff play - the meaning can be a bit obscure unless you actually spend hours studying it - but it still leaves a powerful impression!


A Scattering
A Scattering
by Christopher Reid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, 27 Mar. 2010
This review is from: A Scattering (Paperback)
'A Scattering ' by Christopher Reid is tragic, but beautifully tragic. Coleridge said that poetry was the 'best words in the best order' and Reid does exactly this. There is nothign difficult about the poetry, but is is immensely moving in it's quiet, simple way. It is one of those works which makes you pause and appreciate all every person in your life. It makes you realise that life is hort and that we should appreicate every moment with those we know and love. It is a sad book, but one which should be read by everyone, regardless of whether they like poetry or not; it's tribute and message are simple, but they are thing which should be repreated again and again.


To the Lighthouse (Wordsworth Classics)
To the Lighthouse (Wordsworth Classics)
by Virginia Woolf
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.99

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 21 Dec. 2009
This is an incredible book and one which, along with Joyce and T.S. Eliot, was instrumental in the shaping of the modernist movement. the book is split into three sections, 'The Window', 'Time Passes' and 'The Lighthouse' and within these, Woolf develops the characters, the Ramsays and their guests with a brilliant stream-of-conscience technique in the former and latter sections. This gives a huge insight into the thoughts of both young and old and a highly perceptive take on the relationships between family and friends. This novel style of writing, 'mining behind the characters' as Woolf calls it, is given even greater drama through its contrast with the middle section, 'Time passes' which uses the standard Victorian objective narrator - though even this is modified and developed into an unusual 'voice'. This book is partially autobiographical, with the location and Mr Ramsay in particular, strongly mirroring aspects of Woolf's own life. There is minor feminist note running throughout, though this is largely hidden unless specifically looked for. this is a great book and worth reading. the style is unusual - some sentences are over a page long, nevertheless this shouldn't deter people from a book which seamlessly and beautifully mingles the thoughts of a whole host of characters who are perfectly captured as humans. The book shows how short our lives are, how brief the moment, and it is this, the ephemeral moment, which is so brilliantly shown.


Dubliners (Penguin Modern Classics)
Dubliners (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Joyce James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knocked my head off. Brilliant., 28 Nov. 2009
These short stories are genuinely shocking and emotionally powerful. They descriptive, without beign overdone, and highly accesible. Some of the stories, particularly the likes of 'Eveline', 'A little Cloud' and Counterparts' to name a few. 'The Dead' is not the only striking story within the book! Honestly, these are worth reading. There are fifteen stroies and as such they are quite short, so are easy to read in those small breaks in the day. There's not much point in going into detail on each story, suffice to say that they ARE fantastic. I thoroughly recommend it.


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Modern Classics)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Modern Classics)
by James Joyce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 28 Nov. 2009
This is a superb book. It really should be read by anyone who wishes to cretae, to write, paint or just live beyond the politcs of every-day life. The book follows the path of Stephen Dedalus in his early years and his attempts to find significance in the world and understanding. He struggles against the domonance of religion and its authority which create feelings of extremem opression amidst his growing sexual desires. His love for words and his imagination is shown right from the beginning 'The word was beautiful: wine. It made you think of dark purple because the grapes were dark purple that grew in Greece outside houses like white temples'.

This book is partially autobiographical, though beign a novel there are clearly a number of differences. Nevertheless it does give a god indication of Joyces' htoughts and psyche as a young man, both through the story itself, and the way in which it has been written. It is a book of self-awareness and self-realization, a bildungsroman journey 'When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nest flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets'. The book leaves the reader both thoughtful and inspired. It is most definitely worth reading.


A Student's Guide to the Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot
A Student's Guide to the Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot
by B.C. Southam
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly detailed, 13 Nov. 2009
This is a superb book, well worth the money for anyone wishing to gain a better picture of T.S. Eliot's work. The guide does not necessarily explain the meaning of the poems, this job is sensibly left for the reader, however it does illuminate the majority of the refernces and considerable number of allusions in Eliot's poetry. Whether this helps in 'understanding' the poetry itself is debatable, but there is no doubt that it is essentail for anyone writing critical essays on his work. The book is well structured, clear and simple to use. There is not a great deal of technical jargon which helps in this regrad, while ensuring that there is ample detail supported by biographical evidence.
Overall, This is an immensely useful book.


Philip Larkin: Collected Poems
Philip Larkin: Collected Poems
by Philip Larkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Critical, truthful and revealing., 17 Aug. 2009
There is no doubt that the poetry in this book is brilliant. larkin was a master at conveying his thoughts and criticisms of mankind. His diction evokes strong imagery and his critical mind also had the ability to pick up the details of life, which every human can identify themselves with. The standard of poety is five-star, however, the pleasure I gained from reading the poetry was only four-star. This was simply due to personal taste, and I would nevertheless highly recommend this to anyone enthused by poetry. While this edition may not contain all of Larkin's poems, it does give a good range of his work and is certainly worth while for anyone reading him for the first time.


Collected Poems
Collected Poems
by Hugo Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 17 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Collected Poems (Paperback)
This collected poems is excellent - it is the first time I have tried Hugo Williams and he has succeeeded in becoming one of my favourite contemporary poets. THe language is relatively simple, yet the message and nostalgia layered withing the lines is fantastic. The truth behind Williams' poems is clear, not as critical as Larkin, but insightful nevertheless. If you are interested in poetry and enjoy it, then I highly recommend this book, it really is superb.


Asus Eee PC Mains Charger 900 901
Asus Eee PC Mains Charger 900 901

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 1 Feb. 2009
I have bought two of these in the last six months. Last night my last one broke while I was doing some important work on the laptop. I have never writtten a bad review on Amazon before, but I am so furious that I do not wish other people to make the same mistake. I am not careless with my equpment; I cannot afford to be. I can understand one breaking, it may have been a faulty product, but two is just ridiculous. It looks good and sturdy;it is not. There are other battery chargers, take a look at those.


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