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The Towers of Trebizond (Flamingo)
The Towers of Trebizond (Flamingo)
by Rose Macaulay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Camels and religion, 8 Nov. 2011
This book took a little getting in to as the vocabulary is a little obscure and paragraphs and sentences quite long. But, once I got used to the style and realised she was being playful and poking fun at various things i really enjoyed the book. It evokes a different time and when travelling was the province of the wealthy upper class. The story gentles drifts along with a few interesting twists. If you like classic novels, you'll probably enjoy this but if thrillers are your style, steer clear!


The Mysteries of Udolpho n/e (Oxford World's Classics)
The Mysteries of Udolpho n/e (Oxford World's Classics)
by Ann Radcliffe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.49

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gothic Tale, 15 Jan. 2011
I enjoy reading classic novels and this one was good; but, if you're not into long descriptive passages and at times, slowly paced storyline, this book isn't for you. It was given to me as a present and I delayed reading it for some time as it was such a long book. It provides insight of the woman's role in aristocratic society of the day not only for the young girl but also the married woman who must follow her husband's bidding and travels. In some ways, Radcliffe has a very modern take on the beauties of nature and its preference to human society. So there are wonderful descriptions of the mountain scenery of the Pyrenees and the Italian countryside around Udolpho. There are numerous references to ghosts as befits a gothic tale. I was frustrated by the overly dramatic response of the heroine who faints on a frequent basis but at other times, appears quite tough and endures frightening experiences but perhaps such is the nature of this type of fiction.The storyline is actually quite strong and keeps the reader engaged; all the loose ends are tied up with clear explanations of the ghostly phenomena although I thought this made the plot rather unbelievable in the end. But, this was never meant to be anything like real life!


In Search of Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared
In Search of Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared
by Christopher Robbins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good background for a visit to K, 16 May 2010
I bought this book before going on a holiday in Kazakhstan birdwatching. It's an easily readable book that gives a lot of information about the history and politics of the country; that makes it sound heavy going but it really isn't. The author is a journalist and so writes having not only experienced living in the country but also having researched the historical background. I have found the country amazing with tremendous space and contrasts. If you're going to Kazakhstan, definitely read this book.


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