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The Town and the City (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Town and the City (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Jack Kerouac
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favourite beat angel, 20 Nov 2001
The Town And The City tracks the lives of the Martin family (5 sons and 3 daughters) growing up, living loving and discovering themselves, the world and others in the small town of Galloway in Massachusetts in the early 1900's. From the football star, to the lonely scholar, to the forever wandering heartbreaker of a truck driver, Kerouac deals with each of the siblings separately, describing their very different lives and in doing so, gives us the readers, a glimpse into each of their souls.
The book can be read as a largely autobiographical account of Kerouac's life, with each of the Martin sons representing alternative parts of himself, his feelings, thoughts and personality. Alternatively, the reader can lose themselves in the lives of the Martin family without concerning themselves with the real or the elaborated.
Kerouac reaches the reader with soaring, descriptive writing, which transform the mundane and everyday into feelings and emotions which describe the things you've always thought and felt but could never articulate into words...
"He was sick now with a crying lonesomeness, he somehow knew that all moments were farewell, all life was goodbye."
Kerouac himself describes the book as, "The sum of myself as far as the written word can go." The great American novel? Possibly, but this book is definately an essential for all Kerouac fans, people who have ever wondered what somebody else was thinking and all those who have raged on into the lonely night looking for an 'angelheaded hipster' to give them meaning.


Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 4 (Box Set 1) [VHS] [1998]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 4 (Box Set 1) [VHS] [1998]
VHS
Offered by pkeylock
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This is an addiction..., 14 Jan 2001
Cordi and Angel may be off in L.A fighting their own demons, but Buffy's back and this time she's a college girl and everything just got more intense. The emotional heartache runs deeper, the humour is more biting and most importantly: Spike is back! Except this time he's not so much a demonic neck nibbler as a Weetabix munching teddy-bear. These episodes are guaranteed to make you laugh and for the more sensitive viewer among you, possibly also bring tears to your eyes in places.
Season 4 is the best series yet, it's like Friends...with fangs! Every episode is compulsive viewing and I don't agree with the slating of 'Beer Bad', I really enjoyed it...although this may be due to the fact that I too would also like to beat my ex-boyfriend over the head with a big stick =)


Bridget Jones's Diary: A Novel
Bridget Jones's Diary: A Novel
by Helen Fielding
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life, love and calories., 22 Oct 2000
"Bridget Jones's Diary" documents the life, loves and calories of a 30 something 'singleton' who specialises in broken relationships, dysfunctional parents, the ability to infuse diets with Mars Bars and blue soup. In short, this is a satirical look at the life of a young woman living in the 21st century whose only idea of culture is a night in front of the TV watching blind date.
This is a very funny book and Helen Fielding in creating Bridget has given us a character who is very easy to identify with. The humour in the book comes from watching her do the things we've all done a million times before but have never admitted to. For example, we have all at some point cursed the invention of 1471 for what in the end becomes an obsessive compulsion to see if that one special person has called ... and have all therefore been plunged into a pit of despair when we discover that the last and only person to ever call was your mum!
My only criticism of the book is that it has a slightly predictable ending; though leaving Bridget to any other fate would only have left readers feeling cheated. This is a book for all those people who understand the importance of chocolate and who indulge their addictions even against their better judgement. We've all been there and bought the t-shirt - now you can read the book.


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