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Red Sky at Sunrise: Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, A Moment of War
Red Sky at Sunrise: Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, A Moment of War
by Laurie Lee
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Poetic prose close in Cider', 22 July 2014
Everything is in Cider With Rosie. The rest is a less inspired autobiographical account.


The Makioka Sisters (Vintage Classics)
The Makioka Sisters (Vintage Classics)
by Junichiro Tanizaki
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Kimono or slacks, beauty or indepence, 22 July 2014
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One becomes a sister in this weekend long read.... but which sister? portrayal of attitudes and self interests in the family's attempt to stay noble. I wouldn't have married any of the men at the arranged miais either... recommended summer read, you need time to slip into the japanese culture and absorb the importance of each character, by the time of the flood you are totally present in the drama. This writer left me thinking I could remember something that had happened to me... the Makiokas entered my mind's memory.
The imagery is as good as Tanizaki's 'In Praise of Shadows'


Beauty and Sadness (Penguin Modern Classics)
Beauty and Sadness (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Yasunari Kawabata
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars fresh and imaginative great writer, 22 July 2014
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Succinct imagery. Profound elegance. Japanese, of whom we think we know so much and yet understand so little. Their writers have been writing 'stream of conscience' style prose since long before Kerouac and Celine. Fresh and imaginative writing from the poetic Kawabata


The Fever
The Fever
by Megan Abbott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor literature, 22 July 2014
This review is from: The Fever (Hardcover)
just the excerpt "desk clattered to the floor etc" shows the poorness of popular writing today. I would not read this book further than the title page.
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The Ugly Little Girl: Oddbods, the School for Self-Esteem
The Ugly Little Girl: Oddbods, the School for Self-Esteem
Price: £2.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic but modern ugly duckling, 22 Dec. 2013
An immediate page turner, I found myself glued to the story from the beginning, wondering in what way Libby was going to blossom into a swan..... read it to find out!


Death In Venice And Other Stories (Vintage Classics)
Death In Venice And Other Stories (Vintage Classics)
by Thomas Mann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good translation, 7 Oct. 2013
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Extraordinary perception, use of precise and few words makes one assume this is as close as one can get to Mann and his ideas on beauty and death


The Magic Mountain (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics)
The Magic Mountain (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics)
by Thomas Mann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars in search of good translation, 7 Oct. 2013
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One assumes that translation keeps the writer's mind in view, so it is worth rereading Mann translated by John E Woods to get closer to the original... I thought I had read Mann until I acquired this fresh translation.


Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn as Told by a Friend (The New John Woods Translation) (Vintage International)
Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn as Told by a Friend (The New John Woods Translation) (Vintage International)
by Thomas Mann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, 7 Oct. 2013
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Musical genius and cultural construction and identity, this is a superbly crafted book that opens thinking and makes one feel one has just been in interesting company


The Magic Lantern: An Autobiography
The Magic Lantern: An Autobiography
by Ingmar Bergman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bergman and psychology, 7 Oct. 2013
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his films are more interesting than his writing.... which is why he is a film director. The ego needed an island.The actors have the rare privilege of a real director.


HEAVEN'S GATE (1980) (import)
HEAVEN'S GATE (1980) (import)
Dvd ~ Brad Dourif
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs big screen viewing, 8 April 2013
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Extraordinary energy and vision. Tarantino flashes out of many crazy scenes... a reference for all cowboys/ anti-heros/ guns and fast action that for once makes one feel involved. It is a masterpiece of narrative excitement.. todays movies are tame in comparison.


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