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Don Quixote (Penguin Classics)
Don Quixote (Penguin Classics)
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Readable., 3 July 2014
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Don Quioxte is very readable with a fluid translation by John Rutherford. The introduction is good too and contextualises the novel. John Rutherford also draws some neat parallels with Cervantes's time and our own - who knows, perhaps we will all go round barking at computer programmes in another twenty years!

It is funny, in a very harmless, warm, way and I enjoyed very much the style and nature of the humour - and it is a well-natured book. There is a bit of schadenfreude to be had at the downfall of the "Knight Errant," which rubs along nicely with some of the psychology and insights Cervantes offers on Don and Sancho.

The narrative voice is strong and familiar while the plot has distinctly Chaucerian overtones (not mutually exclusive writers.) Although there is a lot of First Person, the dialogue is very amusing and colourful and we feel the same way about our friends that Don feels about Sancho and visa versa.

I'd always wanted to read Don Quioxte and now I have.


When Shrimps Learn to Whistle
When Shrimps Learn to Whistle
by Denis Healey
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Read It While Lord Healey Is Still Alive, 28 Jun 2014
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Born in 1917 - the same year as the Russian revolution - Lord Healey is the oldest member of the HoL, and it is a fair assumption the wisest.

When Shrimps Learn To Whistle deals with how men mix brotherhood and power, and how that power translates (for the U.K. at least) as power on the world stage.

Lord Healey conjugates like no one on earth and the prose style is simply exquisite.

There are errors in the book and they tend to be the same as in Lord Healey's memoires; namely Britain is not a superpower anymore but part of the E.E.C. (and has been since 1971) - a fact that seems to have passed Lord Healey, and countless other politicians, by.

Interesting read by a brilliant man.


Clock This: My Life as an Inventor
Clock This: My Life as an Inventor
by Trevor Baylis
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars I Bought This For My Late Father, 24 Jun 2014
Dad saw the invention on TV and it really amused him - he enjoyed the book too. A good read, well told. RIP Dad


Tom & Viv [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Tom & Viv [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Willem Dafoe

1.0 out of 5 stars WRONG REGION, 19 May 2014
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This will be going in our local freesheet as it is the wrong region, I think this was not flagged up when I bought it.


William Golding: The Man who Wrote Lord of the Flies
William Golding: The Man who Wrote Lord of the Flies
by John Carey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping The Flame Alive, 16 May 2014
John Carey's first biography of William Golding sheds new light on the brilliant man. A good read and has a reference feel which reveals some of the brilliance of the novels, say The Inheritors.


The Thought Gang
The Thought Gang
by Tibor Fischer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars The Art Of Dying Well, 15 May 2014
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This review is from: The Thought Gang (Paperback)
I was recommended The Thought Gang by a friend and jolly good read it is too. Light and lyrical it expects the reader to "suspend disbelief" quite a lot and occasionally plays ducks and drakes. That said, some of the prose is exquisite and the sociology is brilliant - if you're sick of angels dancing on the head of a pin, this is the book for you.


A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945) All Region DVD (Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible)
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945) All Region DVD (Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible)
Dvd ~ Dorothy McGuire
Offered by MagicoClassicMovies
Price: 10.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Family Film, 10 May 2014
Tradititonal family film from 1945 - strong performances from the players and good direction. Some of the scenes between the father and the daughter are a bit squeamish by today's standards. Interesting factually, as a film and as a document - they don't make movies like this anymore and there is no iconography. The issues are different these days too. As a document of 1900 Brooklyn it is a good testement to the people who lived there and the things they had to do to get by


London Calling
London Calling
Price: 5.76

5.0 out of 5 stars In All Its Splendour, 9 May 2014
This review is from: London Calling (Audio CD)
It's the lyrics for me - the gravity of old and modern Spain in Spanish Bombs, the acuity of politics in Clampdown, and the downsides of executive stress in Coca Cola - it's a terrific album from spirited guys sad at the modern world. Buy it.


Come And See [DVD]
Come And See [DVD]
Dvd ~ Aleksey Kravchenko
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Price: 34.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative And Atmospheric, 8 May 2014
This review is from: Come And See [DVD] (DVD)
I'd heard of Come And See when it was shown on BBC 2 in 1989 - it had a cult following even then.

Finally caught up with it in 2014 and a very enjoyable 2 1/2 hours it was too: performances were superb, the photography, make-up and music, brilliant. There's a documentary feel to the film, which sets it apart from other war movies, though it is certainly no Panorama: a stylised narrative, colour-coded scenes and a dash of modernism make it an engrossing film.


No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

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3.0 out of 5 stars Slicker Than 7 Ltrs of 40 w, 7 May 2014
This review is from: No Country for Old Men (Paperback)
Written in the third-person with double spacing, No Country For Old Men must have been a lot of work. Silencers, Glocks, Heckler and Koch's, shotgun's, drugs, 4 x 4's - all are fetishised by Mr. McCarthy, in a scary roman a clef.


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