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Heart of Darkness (Penguin Classics)
Heart of Darkness (Penguin Classics)
by Joseph Conrad
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Defies Criticism, 3 Mar 2014
I did an essay on this book as an undergraduate at Hull University under Owen Jones and it nearly killed me - as thick as treacle, as stiff as molasses and twice as runny as tar, Heart of Darkness is about a dwindling civilisation. It's colour - for there is a bit - it supplied by the Dutch trading company who supply the boat.


White Hunter Black Heart [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
White Hunter Black Heart [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 4.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Revolted Everyone On Release - Underrated, 2 Mar 2014
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I was at the Edinburgh International Film Festival the year this film was released and won the Grand Jury Prize (I even got to speak to Clint) . Everyone was revolted by the content - twenty years on I think it's safe to say that it is a very good film. Clint gets John Huston's accent just right. Liberal movie-making.


Donne Sex and God: A Critical Conversation
Donne Sex and God: A Critical Conversation
by Dr. John Hoyles
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.39

5.0 out of 5 stars An Alumni Writes, 2 Mar 2014
I was a student at Hull Uni is 91 and Donne was my favourite author - it's good to see someone with John's intellect bringing some weight to bear on the subject and reinvigourating it for a younger generation.


Q.E.D.
Q.E.D.
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Price: 2.90

5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Favourite Albums, 26 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Q.E.D. (Audio CD)
It's one of my favourite albums, deep funky basslines, excellent drum patterns and a laid back lyric:

"No knowledge is split into two"

Nuff said.


The Scent of Dried Roses: One family and the end of English Suburbia - an elegy (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Scent of Dried Roses: One family and the end of English Suburbia - an elegy (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Tim Lott
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Minor English Classic, 22 Feb 2014
The Scent Of Dried Roses is ostensibly about the suicide of the author's mother. Scratch away at the surface a little and it's a portrait of an English middle-class, rocked by the gentle-waves of the twentieth century.

In other media with similar themes - the German TV drama Heimat for instance - there is drama, feeling; in Lott's paen to English sensibilities there is a rootless and a restlessness that is sad and authentic. Moving.


Life in the Jungle: My Autobiography
Life in the Jungle: My Autobiography
by Michael Heseltine
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars Gruel, 22 Feb 2014
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Michael Heseltine is quick to remind you of his stride and that is very much what this book is - a stride towards more capital letters.

This is showing in the text too which bowls along at great speed with a dictated quality - split infinitives included.

The Westland saga and his comments on Liverpool are the exception not the rule.

To his credit, there's a lot of chartering planes, buying Jaguars and roaring about, doing things with tracing paper (must have a huge carbon footprint) and then retiring to his mansion; though if you've got a private income and friends that will give you hotels to manage it is inevitable.


DCI Banks - Series 2 [DVD]
DCI Banks - Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Tompkinson
Price: 7.25

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2.0 out of 5 stars "The Last Fart From A Dying Corpse", 21 Feb 2014
This review is from: DCI Banks - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Quoting Tom Yorke is probably a good way to go on series 3 of DCI Banks - Stephen Tompkinson does his best impression of a bulldog chewing a wasp while Caroline Catz stomps around like the executive cop she is.

Andrea Lowe is the best thing in it, bringing a homely intelligence to what is a very heavy handed proceeding.


Fowler's Modern English Usage (Re-Revised 3rd Edition)
Fowler's Modern English Usage (Re-Revised 3rd Edition)
by R. W. Burchfield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

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1.0 out of 5 stars Pain Like You've Never Imagined, 17 Feb 2014
Studying this book to improve your grammar is like having your incisor teeth sharpened with eight sheets of glass paper.


Lord Jim (Wordsworth Classics)
Lord Jim (Wordsworth Classics)
by Joseph Conrad
Edition: Paperback
Price: 1.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Acknowledged Masterpiece, 17 Feb 2014
Lord Jim is an acknowledged masterpiece and I am not going to contribute to literary discussion here. There are no tricks with the fonts, no weasel words and no false claims; just beautifully conjugated sentences.

You flatter yourself reading it; Jim's callow appeal to Marlow excites the old sailor but it is a rather dull situation for the older man. It's a bit like an El Greco painting - light and dark with characters bursting out of dark corners scared for their lives and grizzled by their time on the boat. Atmosphere pours off every page a really tremendous read.

The more I read it, Lord Jim comes across as a modern Frankenstein - though that's not to take away from the book, which I am really enjoying. But, there are parallels; Jim is a monster of sort, but a monster by fate instead of intention. It is a good tale and one I enjoyed reading; especially the coup d'etat.

Conrad really is a bit of a 20th Century Dickens - an epithet which has been bandied around for a lot of authors, post, well post-Dickens (Leon Garfield was claimed the Childrens' Dickens) but in Conrad it really is true - beneath the surpentine plot there really is the brass plate of Victorian Literature.


Elvis Costello Armed Forces 1979 UK vinyl LP RAD14
Elvis Costello Armed Forces 1979 UK vinyl LP RAD14

4.0 out of 5 stars Scared me witless when it first came out, 16 Feb 2014
This album scared me witless when it first came out in 1979 but I have picked up some of the singles and regularly hum the refrain from Oliver's army.


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