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Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Manuel Alvarez Bravo
by Gerardo Mosquera
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £37.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blue is not the new black and white, 14 May 2015
This review is from: Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Hardcover)
Length:: 1:01 Mins

Don't waste your money with this awful book. The quality of the photos is just dreadful. Most of the photos are bluish when not simply blue/gray. There are a few photos in colour or sepia. Many photos are too dark. All photos are flat and looked like they were poorly scanned from somewhere.

It is a shame really and also a bit of a puzzle because the book itself has a very strong hardcover and uses thick, good enough paper. The design is good and there is only one photo per page. Some of the photos fill the whole page, without borders, and the effect could be really good if it wasnt for the very poor printing.

The poor quality of the photos wasn't a matter of budget, that much I can see. It looks like it was simply a matter of incompetence because the photos are awful.

If you are looking for a book with photos of this great Mexican photographer, then get "Photopoetry". I will list the advantages of that book, "Photopoetry" over this one being reviewed:

1. First of all, the photos are far better. They have depth, good resolution and colours are just right. On the other hand, photos in this book are flat, sometimes too dark, lack resolution and most photos are bluish. I said "most photos" because some of the photos in this book are in colour or sepia. They are also of poor quality.
2. You will have a far larger and more varied selection of photos. It has 370 tritone photos whilst this book has about 150 poorly scanned bluish photos.
3. The price, funny enough, is lower
4. It has four short texts, one of them being from the second and last wife of the photographer ( who lived 100 years..) and another one from the writer Carlos Fuentes. This awful book has 50 pages of academic texts...

P.S. I couldn't upload photos so I made a video in iMovie using some of the photos from this book and from the far better "Photopoetry". The first photo is always from this book and the second photo is from "Photopoetry". I also added photos of both books together.

I used my phone to photograph the books so I couldn't really capture the difference in colour and so on but the photos are good enough to show the big difference in quality between books.

1. The boy of the other tales.
Look how dark is the photo on this book. It is just not acceptable. What were they thinking?
2. Black Sorrow
The same as before but, as I used my phone so the reproduction is far from perfect, the photo is actually even darker than it looks in the video.
3. Exercise for the well focused camera.
This is some sort of joke. It really is. This photo is the best example of how you shouldn't waste your money with this book. I think it's even worse than the very dark photos because the title is so meaningful .
The photos are not the very same photos ( you can see that by the difference in the position of the cloth) but they were taken in the same session. Look, in the detail, how you can see the creases of the cloth in the book "Photopoetry" but how the cloth looks just like a blur in this book.
4. Daydreaming
Here I could more or less capture the difference in colours. Look at the eyes of the girl. Look how much sharper the picture is on "Photopoetry" than on this awful book. Awful because one could excuse a couple or even a few bad photos but literally all photos in this book are far inferior than the same photos in "Photopoetry", which has much more photos and costs less...

The music is from the film "Pedro Paramo", based on Juan Rulfo's book with same title. I thought it was appropriate as Juan Rulfo and Manuel Alvarez Bravo are both great Mexican artists who do have some things in common.

The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson
The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson
by Henri Cartier-Bresson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars What a difference a negative makes!, 14 May 2015
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The main problem with this book is to find a copy in good conditions. But if you do, then go for it because photos in this book look better than in most more recent publications, including best sellers such as the facsimile of "The Decisive Moment" and " "Man, Image, World".

There is no very special paper but, being published in 1968, it is very likely that all photos were printed from the negatives and what a difference does that make. They also didn't spare ink in the printing and thanks to that many photos in this book have more resolution, contrast and depth than photos from the mediocre fac simile of "The Decisive Moment".

Curiously enough, this book has an introduction by Cartier Bresson which is an update of the text he wrote for the 1952's "The Decisive Moment". He says that " the major part of the text in this book is a rewriting of the ideas I set down sixteen years ago in my first book..."The Decisive Moment".

The photos are in beautiful black and white, not the sepia like that one finds in some of Cartier Bresson's new books. They probably look like Cartier Bresson's photos published on magazines.

Photos are divided in six groups, in a similar way to Delpire's "Photographe" . It was printed in Switzerland and published by Viking Press.

There are 210 photos and they are displayed in four different ways:
1 A photo occupying a whole page with margins in white. They are the majority.
2 A black page with a small photo in the middle.
3 A black page with four small photos in the middle
4 Half double spreads where a photo continues in half of the next page, leaving a big white margin. Not many of those and as the binding allows to
open the book flat, they are okay (unlikely the awful double spreads in the facsimile of "The Decisive Moment", where you miss a lot of information and the composition is harmed because the binding doesn't allow you to fully open the book)

Photos are numbered, without titles. The list of captions in the end of the book provides only place (or name of the person portrayed) and year.

I compared photos from this book with the same photos from other books. I am listing here just a few of them:

Cardinal Pacelli in Montmartre, 1938 (It is the photo of man kissing the hands of a cardinal surrounded by a crowd of people)
The photo is much larger than in "Man, Image, World" or Delpire's "Photographe". It is grainier but it is in pure black and white and it does have more depth. The colour and texture of the photo in this book gives more life to it than in "Man, Image, World" and also "Photographe".

Portrait of Sartre, 1946
Although Delpire's book "Photographe" has certainly the best design of all books I've seen by Cartier Bresson, I still prefer the photo of this book because of the colour and texture. The photo in the MoMa's "Modern Century" is probably the best one but it is smaller and they put it together with a portrait of Simone de Beauvoir , what is a bit distracting.

Oh, well, this is already a very long review as it is. Instead of listing more examples here I think it's better just to say that photos in this book, in general, look more "alive" than in more recent and well known books. The only book that has photos with real better quality, I think, is "Modern Century" published by the MoMA but "The World of Cartier Bresson" has the advantage, over the MoMA book, of a "cleaner" layout because it has, most of the time, only one photo per page. In addition, photos in this book are generally larger what makes easier to really appreciate a photo.

All that said, I really like "Modern Century" published by the MoMA and it was my favourite Cartier Bresson book but after having received this book and seeing the beautiful, grainy, black and white texture of the photos I concluded that if I could have just one book by Cartier Bresson then it would be this one, "The World of Cartier Bresson".

Farewell, Friend [DVD]
Farewell, Friend [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alain Delon
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Price: £7.50

1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading dvd cover, 20 April 2015
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The quality of the copy is very good. This is the only good thing I can say about this film. Oh, yes, there are two or three very beautiful girls the way they use to be in the sixties...

Don't waste your money or time. Really, don't.

As another reviewer rightly pointed out, the cover of the dvd makes you think that you will watch one of those great european thrillers from the 60s and 70s. You won't and this film is definetely no "Jean Pierre Melville". It is just one of those crazy films from the late 60s and early 70s, such as "Modesty Blaise" and "Flint", but without the humour and charm of those films. Or story... Or photography...

The half baked story is awful and makes little sense. The film has no subtitles and it is very likely to be dubbed because the
only English speaking actor in this French film is Charles Bronson who wasn't as big a star as Alain Delon was at the time.

I ordered this film because of the dvd cover and based on good French films that I watched with the main actors. It was a mistake.

Fog & Crime - The Complete First Season [DVD]
Fog & Crime - The Complete First Season [DVD]
Dvd ~ Luca Barbareschi
Price: £10.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a bunch of cliches, 18 April 2015
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I am writing about this series after having watched it on dvd, not on tv...
The original format seems to be, for some reason, in 4x3 so you have two options:
Watch it on 16x9 and see stretched people, all of them looking too wide.
Choose the right format 4x3 in your remote control and watch the series with wide black stripes on the sides

On the top of the format, the image quality is not good. It looks like when you get a photo in iPhoto and choose "sharpen", creating all those crisp and artificial edges.

The story is atmospheric but I never saw so many cliches put together. The author of the books, if the series is faithful to them, is very unoriginal...
You have the astonishingly beautiful blonde, you have a story that seemed pretty much taken from a Simenon's Maigret book, you have hollywood style with car chases. Every single part of the stories reminded me immediately of something that I have already watched but worse.

If you are new to Italian TV series then try the far better " Montalbano" or "Inspector Luca".

Liberty Bar: Inspector Maigret #17
Liberty Bar: Inspector Maigret #17
by Georges Simenon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A lazy translation of a poor story, 9 April 2015
This is the worse Maigret story that I read so far. It is even worse than "The Late Monsieur Gallet". It does have some atmosphere but as the story goes along Maigret gets more and more objectionable in the story and it makes you wonder on which side of the law he is. The book gets really idiotic in the last chapters and I really disliked something that happened in the end but can't elaborate as it would be a plot spoiler. O

Adding harm to injury, this is another poor and lazy translation. The ubiquitous "van" is there, bringing you to the streets of Britain in the 21th century, instead of immersing you in the 1930s. Another example of a lazy translation: page 146 "the large a Top German press baron".
This use of the word "top" is typical of modern, lazy journalism over here and has nothing to do with Simenon's book or even life in general. I read too often expressions such as "top lawyer", "top doctor" and so on but never heard anyone saying "He is a bottom lawyer and that one is a bottom doctor". If there is a top sure thing there is a bottom also...
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Fury [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Fury [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £8.00

18 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A vanity project or why "Generation Kill" is far better, 10 Mar. 2015
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I watched several excellent films with Brad Pitt in the last couple of years: "The Tree of Life", "Moneyball," Killing Them Softly" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford".

Thanks to that I thought that "Fury" was going to be another excellent film but, unfortunately, it was rubbish.

I kept asking myself: Is it "rubbish" the right word? Am I being too harsh and unfair, considering that the film does have its qualities?
But the last 35 minutes just ruined the whole film. They are so idiotic that "rubbish" is almost a compliment.

The director says, in one of the several extra features : " Action is mechanical. If you have a plan and you have time, you can nail the action. Good drama is really difficult". Right he is. The action scenes are extraordinary (not their credibility, but their technical quality) . He succeed there. But the drama is poor, pedestrian and full of cliches. He failed hard on the dramatic, non technical aspect of the film and I wonder if he failed because he is limited to being a good director of action movies or if Brad Pitt, one of the biggest and most powerful stars in cinema today, interfered with the script in order to portray himself as some sort of deranged super hero.

I personally think that the director was responsible for the logistics and action scenes and was excellent at that but the story itself has the fingerprints of a star, Brad Pitt, who embarked in a vanity project.

The director, as someone says in extra features, didn't use previous war movies as cinematic templates. He watched hours of real footage from the second world war as a guide. The whole idea of the film is too be realistic but that becomes a joke as the film goes on. The American Army was racially segregated by the time of the second world war and it was only in 1948 that a presidential order was issued to start integration in the US Army. As a matter of fact, it was only in mid 1944 that the Army stopped its segregation policy in their buses...

The American Army had all black units and no black soldier would be in the same unit of white soldiers, unlike this film falsely shows. But the worse is to see a Spanish speaker soldier, probably from Puerto Rico, in a tank with white soldiers. Stalin ordered the removal of Trotsky's and other "persona non grata" from photos related to the Bolshevist revolution. Political correctness, changing historical facts to please a modern audience, is a new form of Stalinism.

And here is the contradiction: At the same time that the film changes historical facts in order to be politically correct, it also changes historical facts, defies common sense and insults people's intelligence, especially in the last fourth of the film, just to fit with the script, script that seem to be nothing but a vehicle for the film's star to shine.

The American Army was racially segregated during the second world war and it's just not right to hide this information and pretend that it didn't happen, as this film does.

Is the end of the film the director's end or Brad Pitt's end? Brad Pitt is one of the executive directors or, in other words, he is the guy who got the money for the film and made it doable so my guess is that it's not the director's end. Then again, it could be that the director's view of history and filmmaking is simply limited and pedestrian, as it happens so often in American films.

On the other hand, the film shows negative things about the American Army during the second world war. Those negative things are real and well documented but, mixed with the general idiocy of the script, they lose good part of their impact.

They use one real American tank from the second world war and also an original German tank. These tanks are very rare and need a lot of care, what makes their use in a film more than simply a matter of having the money to pay for the tanks. Would the director get them without the name of a big film star ? No, he wouldn't. What gives me even more reason to believe that the film's star had the last word about the film's script.

I think that there are two films superimposed in "Fury": The action film which is very well done from a technical point of view, although not credible most of the time. The second film is the story and the story's main purpose seems to be to put Brad Pitt in a pedestal, besides other ridiculous aspects of the poor script.

There is a moment when Brad Pitt takes his shirt off, showing big muscles and a six pack. I have a similar kind of body and am of a similar age. I know very well how hard it is for a man in his 40s to combine big muscles in the trunk with ripped abs. It takes a right and controlled diet, lots of water, workout in a gym, good hours of sleep and supplements. None of those would be available to a soldier serving in a tank unit by the end of the second world war. He could have big muscles or a ripped belly but not both.

It might look like an irrelevant detail but I really think that it is the tip of the iceberg, showing that although this film could had been a great, realistic war film ended up being just a vanity project of a film star, spoiled by political correctness and a pedestrian script.

It is a common pattern in period films today: Actors and actress don't look like their personages would look in reality. They look like actors who go too often to the gym or actresses on a calorie restriction diet. A far better actor for this film would be, for example, Christopher Nolan. He would certainly be sure to look like a soldier from a tank unit in the second world war, when there were no intervals to go to the gym and drink 90% whey smoothies (which didn't even exist at the time).

The blu ray disc has several extra features, most of them with more reliable information about the war than the film itself. The product information on Amazon says "subtitles in English" and nothing else but the blu ray disc has subtitles in several languages: Scandinavian languages, French, Spanish, Portuguese and a few more.

Quality of image and sound is very good but, considering that the film was shot using old lenses to achieve a softer, more film like look (as it says in the extra features) I don't know if it's worth to spend extra money on a blu ray instead of just ordering the dvd. I also read a review complaining that the film looks darker on the blu ray disc than on the dvd because they "crushed the blacks" .

I was wondering if it would be worth posting a review about this film. There is so much hyper about the film that people will just order the dvd or blu ray anyway and ignore negative reviews. I write reviews about just a very tiny fraction of films or tv series that I watch. But this film annoyed me a lot because I think the whole thing is a farce. Technically well done, but a farce.

I decided to write a review so I could sayto customers who didn't like this film because of its ridiculous absurds: If you want to watch a more believable war film then look for "Jarhead", for example. Or if you want a more rounded, better story then check " Saving Private Ryan". I still didn't see Clint Eastwood's films on the second world war.

It says on the cover of the disc that this is the best war film since 1998's "Saving Private Ryan" by Spielberg. I really liked "Private Ryan" but the best, most impressive film I watched about the second world war, as far as I can remember, was 1999's "The Thin Red Line", by Terrence Malick. The film, as most films directed by Terrence Malick, is not for beginners and it's just natural that many people dislike Malick's films, considering our internet/mobile phones age of numbed viewers with short span of attention.

That said, the best things to see today are tv series, not films. If this film disappointed you then check the tv series "Generation Kill", that is, if you already don't know it. The series was made by the same authors of "The Wire" (which was the best thing ever made for tv, in my opinion.)

"Generation Kill" is a HBO tv series from 2008. It has only one season with seven episodes what is excellent because the story is not stretched for the sake of having a next season. The series was written by David Simon and Ed Burns, based on the real experience of a reporter who was embedded with a US Marine Corps unit during the first Iraq war.

I think the reporter also contributed with the script. Their priority was authenticity and it's interesting to note that the soldiers portrayed in the story confirmed , in interviews showed in extra features, the authenticity of the story. Interesting enough, one of the series' main personages, a sergeant who is a fitness enthusiast, is played by himself in the series.
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Hide in Plain Sight [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hide in Plain Sight [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £8.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound and no subtitles to compensate for the sound in this dvd-r, 10 Mar. 2015
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I like James Caan's films. He is one of those actors whose films are in general good and all of his films until the mid 1980s that I watched were either very good or really extraordinary: The Godfather, Cinderella Liberty, The Gambler, Thief, Rollerball, Comes a Horseman, Brian's Song and so on.
The dvd copy of this film here, unfortunately, has a very poor sound. It would be okay if there were subtitles but the dvd has no subtitles.
Even my friend, who is a native speaker, couldn't understand everything that was being said in the film.

I tried all sorts of variations with the sound of my tv, a Loewe, to no success. I watched the first twenty minutes of the film and gave up.
It is a shame because it looked like a good film made on a more or less documentary style. I didn't return the dvd just to avoid the hassle of returning a product to the US. In the end, it was a waste of money.
I complained about this disc to the seller and found out that this is not really a disc manufactured to industry standards. It is a dvd-R and all Warner Archives are like that.

But if you do decide to order this dvd then know that you will need an open region dvd or blu ray player because this is a US copy only that will not play in normal European dvd players. Moreover, be aware that the seller Movie Mars doesn't have a friendly return policy so avoid it.

Alfred Stieglitz, The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington
Alfred Stieglitz, The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington
by Sarah Greenough
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars The problems with completeness, 6 Mar. 2015
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The Good:
Two big volumes in a strong, beautiful and very smart hard box made of cloth with one photo on each side.
Books' covers are made of beautifully textured hard cover cloths. Binding is strong, as it should be for 500 pages books.

Excellent paper quality. The book was printed and bound in Germany in 2002.

Good printing quality of photos but I wonder if they chose the right paper because I've seen better reproductions in other books.

Detailed information about every single photograph. All 1642 of them...
There are more than 1642 photos in the book but they are not part of the catalogue, let's say.

Good, informative 40 pages illustrated essay by Sarah Greenough, then Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
After that, no more essays, just photos ( apart from a short illustrated essay by Julia Thompson in the end of volume two)

Indexes of everything and information about the photographic process, to people who would be interested in the matter.

The price , considering that you get two luxurious 500 pages books with about 1800 photographs and illustrations for £80 when most photography books, not any near the quality or size of this set, cost around £30 or more.

The Bad:

Most photos are small. This set of two books contains what is called the "key set" which is the "largest, most complete, cohesive systematic collection of Stieglitz's work, and the only one in existence". The key set consists of 1642 photos but they did not need to be as small as they are. It was an editorial decision, not a budget one, to reproduce all 1642 photos.

It says in the book, about the scale of reproductions:
4x5 inches or smaller photos are printed at 80 per cent of their original size
8x10 inches and larger photos are printed at 50 per cent of their original size
Most other photographs are printed at approximately 65 per cent of their original size.

The Ugly:
They could have printed all 4x5 photos and smaller in their original size and print 8x10 photos at 80%
their original size (it would fit in the size of the page) instead of 50 %.

But the book is really a catalogue rather than, say, an art book. One example: There are about 70 photos, for example, which are part of a series called "songs of the sky" . They are all small photos with were originally small. Photos of clouds in the sky, taken in the 1920s with the technical limitation of lenses, films and printing quality of the 1920s. Quite frankly, if those photos didn't have Stieglitz's signature nobody would care much about them.

There is also a similar series of photos of clouds called "equivalent". I think it would be much more visually appealing to the public if those series were limited to three or four photos and if other photos were printed either in their original size or the closer to their original size the possible, considering the dimensions of the book.

It would not cost more. As a matter of fact, it would probably cost less to publish a selection of photos rather than this exhaustive catalogue. So, it is clear to me that the decision was an editorial decision, not a budget decision.
They didn't choose, as it could look on a superficial analysis, quantity over quality. They chose completeness over selection or incompleteness.

As much as I understand the idea of completeness I would prefer a book with larger and less photos.

The bottom line of my impressions about this book is: Beautiful, beautiful set of books but if I had the chance of browsing through them in a bookshop it's unlikely that I would had bought the set.
I bought my set from Amazon UK and could return it as they do have a hassle free return policy. But I will keep the books because now it is difficult to depart from them.

P.S. The 1983 "Alfred Stieglitz - Photographs and Writings" published in 1983 by the National Gallery of Art in Washington is the book to have if you want only one book with Stieglitz's photos. The book is simply wonderful, printed on art paper and so on. It has about 70 photos, many of them absolutely astonishing (considering that they are photos from the 1890s ). Photos are on the original size or close to it. It is the book I was looking for , not this one here.

The Painter Joaquin Sorolla
The Painter Joaquin Sorolla
by Edmund Peel
Edition: Hardcover

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2.0 out of 5 stars A lousy printing job., 3 Mar. 2015
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I would like to warn other customers about this book, considering its current price: Don't order this book. The printing quality of many paintings in the book is simply unacceptable.

My lady watched a programme on BBC that showed some of Sorolla's paintings in Madrid. She was very impressed and I decided to get a book for her. I am mentioning this because I don't watch BBC and always try to make that clear.

I didn't know Sorella so I ordered three of his books: This one published by Sotheby's , "Sorolla The Masterworks" published by Skira and "Sorolla and America", published by the San Diego Museum and Ediciones El Viso, if I remember right. The last two books were edited by Sorolla's great granddaughter.

The first impression I had about this book was that it's too narrow for an art book. There is much less space to show pictures.
The book is better organised than the other two as it has about hundred pages of essays followed by plates and an index of the plates. The paintings have their measurements in both cm and inches. The titles are in the original in Spanish followed by the title in English.

The other two books, which are much more recent, suffer a bit from the modern editing of books where so many books are designed having a website in mind. That or the designer is incapable of thinking "book" and he or she or they think "website". They are different media and books designed like websites are simply messy, nothing else.

But the most important thing is certainly the printing quality of printings and the quality of both "Sorolla The Masterworks" and Sorolla and America" is far better than this book.

Many paintings in this book are strongly tinted and have poor resolution. Colours that should be white are quite often orange or pink in this book. "The pink robe", "The Tuna Catch", "Going for a Bath", "Leaving the Bath" and other paintings present completely wrong colours. A white towel, for example, is white in both "Sorolla The Masterworks" and "Sorolla and America" but the same towel is either pink or orange in this book. I don't mean pinky or orangy. I mean pink and orange. It is that bad. The same happens with the white uniform of sailors, which is turned orange in this book but if you look at other books and sources, their uniforms are white.

Besides wrong colours, this book is too narrow for an art book. It is almost a rectangle. On the top of wrong colours and weird dimensions, the resolution of images in this book is clearly inferior to the resolution of images in the other two books mentioned.

Bottom line: If you are interested in ordering a Sorolla book, go for other titles. This book would be good only if you want all his books, has an academic interest in the painter and so on. But if you want only one book , for yourself or as a gift, don't waste your money with this lousy job of Sothebys.

Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health
Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health
by John Durant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The meaning of the word "diet", 6 Feb. 2015
This is an excellent book with fascinating and very helpful information. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learning with it.
The word "diet" comes from the Greek or Latin and means something like "way of living". This concept is essential to understand what a paleo diet is. Many people do one of those traditional diets, suffer through it, lose weight but then go back to old habits and put everything, when not more, back again.

This book shows, in detail, all things you can do create new and healthier habits instead of just going through a traditional diet that deals only with food and drink. The book has information about eating but don't expect the whole book to be about food because it's not. It also doesn't have recipes (thanks God for that).

The book has lots of good information about sleeping, cold and hot environment and their influence on your health, what to eat and what not eat, exercise and so on.

The text is light and humorous, sometimes too humorous. The only thing I didn't like about this book is in chapter 10, "movement". As a matter of fact, I almost gave up reading the book when I read the author praising those televised fights in cages, where two idiots beat each other to a pulp. He also has a very wrong idea of karate, which I know well. Or , at least, knew... You see there? What are cage fights doing in a book about health?

But the silliness of part of chapter 10 is balanced by the fact that the author is not restricted by political correctness, what is a rare thing when one reads a book coming from that side of the ocean.

The author also overdoes when he mentions barefoot running. It is correct that our ancestors ran barefoot and this should be the more natural way of running, without sneakers. But it also correct that our ancestors didn't run on tarmac or other hard, artificial surfaces as they didn't exist yet...

But the silliness is present in just a small part of the book. Most of it is good, solid, interesting information. If you are curious about the paleo diet and is considering to give it a try then do yourself a favour: Read this book. It is the best book about paleo diet out there. That is, considering diet as a way of living, not just guidelines about eating and drinking. If you want more information about food then order "Perfect Health Diet", by the Jaminets, as well. Their book is a perfect complement to this book and vice versa.

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