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Marquee Moon
Marquee Moon
Price: £7.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album, 20 Jan 2014
This review is from: Marquee Moon (Audio CD)
This is a superb album! Buy it, play it over and over again until you get it - it will change your life. If it doesn't try Patti Smith instead.

Price: £4.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Average, 20 Jan 2014
This review is from: Rapture (Kindle Edition)
Great writers have passion, take chances, shout, scream, swear, cry, laugh, love. This is all very ordinary, boring even. The odd phrase is good, usually 'adapted' from other earlier writers I've read. It's an OK book of verse but there are just so many other writers out there who do take chances, do push the boundaries that this is a waste of time. Try Brian Patten's love poems, try Bukowski's drinking and women, Ann Sexton, a legend of women's writing. No, this book, like the poet is for the 'acceptable brigade' who drink in coffeehouses, think they are interllectual, drive volvos and pretend to be unwashed artists by wearing a scarf.
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by J. M. Coetzee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 27 Sep 2012
This review is from: Disgrace (Paperback)
About as bad as a book can get really. Nothing happens, there is no story and it fails to conjure up any real meaningful discussion on South Africa, the country or its people. How this could win any award apart from 'Last book left in the shop' is amazing to me!
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Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Luvvie Rubbish, 27 Sep 2012
This review is from: Norwegian Wood (Paperback)
The first page or two of this book is awesome. Very well written indeed. I was really looking forward to settling down and getting stuck into a newly discovered author... but once you get to page 3 it starts to get tedious. By the time I had wasted an hour or two of my life on this rubbish (50-60? pp) I decided to give up, flick thru' the rest looking to see if anything actually happens, and then read the end. I won't say what happened but it just did - end I mean. So glad I'm not alone in finding other 1 star reviews. The guy is obviously a great writer in that he knows his nouns and what not, but a story teller he is not. Typical luvvie rubbish I'm afraid - no doubt it will win some book award, these things do, because they seem to be voted for, and promoted by, a dying breed of middle-class bores with nothing of any substance to compare to in their own sad lives.
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Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)
Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Allen Ginsberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction, 23 Sep 2012
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Most people think 'Howl' is Ginsberg's best poem. It probably is although a few others are also worthy of study. I read through much of his Collected Poems 1947-1997 (Penguin Modern Classics) a year back, and have to say there are some pretty bad, and pretty tame poems in there but 'Howl' isn't one of them - it is a great piece of work. For me it highlights a time and place which must have been incredible to live through. The poem had to fight obscenity laws before it was published, so not for the faint hearted or easily offended.

As part of the Beat movement he was very good at questionning authority and conservative attitudes in the US at the time. Not that they've changed there much mind you ;) Still as relevant today as ever.

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