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District and Circle
District and Circle
by Seamus Heaney
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eliot's scholar, 20 Jan 2007
This review is from: District and Circle (Paperback)
this is an innovative display of language from cover to cover; investing the reader's attention in areas we would usually overlook.

this collection has recently been described as 'exhilarating' by judges which awarded the t. s. eliot award 2006 to it, which celebrates the pinnacle of poetry. dark and mysterious, yet accessible and relevant; this book is essential.


Live From Dakota
Live From Dakota
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 9.81

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent live album, 10 Dec 2006
This review is from: Live From Dakota (Audio CD)
When you first listen to the album, you are confronted with an awesome introductory track of 'Superman' that is arguably better than their studio version. Throughout the live album you hear there best songs performed live to a fantastic level.

A must for Phonics fans, and for any music lover - especially those who understand and appreciate excellent live performances. It is excellent value for money and comes on two discs - brilliant.


The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories (Vintage Magic)
The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories (Vintage Magic)
by Angela Carter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent skill, based upon a false premise and poorly delivered, 29 Oct 2006
Carter is an excellent writer. Her skill shines throughout each short story in 'The Bloody Chamber'; her use of voice is superb, the adaption of traditional fairy tales to meet the expectations of a modern audience has been pulled off well, the juxtaposition of traditional with modern vocabulary is stark and the exciting symbolism rounds off the characteristics.

However, what is the most frustrating thing about this collection of stories are the questions and contradictions raised. Is Carter writing as a feminist [second-wave feminism], or is she writing as a post-feminist [third-wave feminism]? Does Carter support or deplore the degragation of male figures in literature, and conversely does she view female diminution or empowerment as a better method for highlighting her stance towards feminism? The lack of consistency is not a cause for reflection or interest, it isn't something deliberately done to promote thought.

Overall, the novella of short stories is an example of self-indulgence for Carter. Due to the lack of semantic and moral consistency, the book cannot show anything new, and it cannot properly change our opinions.
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Modern Times
Modern Times
Offered by Dirty Deals UK
Price: 5.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars water, 30 Aug 2006
This review is from: Modern Times (Audio CD)
now, it'll be obvious pre-purchase that dylan's voice won't be as silky like in 'blonde on blonde' or 'highway 61'. but this was an amazing surprise. dylan's voice is as crisp as usual and hones melody and accompanying music to really show critics that he's still here.

a must have for any dylan fan. in fact, a must have for anybody with taste.


The Cantos of Ezra Pound (New Directions Books)
The Cantos of Ezra Pound (New Directions Books)
by Ezra Pound
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.65

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars penny for a pound, 27 Aug 2006
the cantos of pound mark a change in modern poetry.

this edition is excellent value for money and coherent. especially for over 800 pages.


Chicago Is Just That Way: 1938-1954
Chicago Is Just That Way: 1938-1954

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sound of bells, 19 July 2006
this isn't for the faint hearted, it's a real marathon.

however, i don't think i've found another collection that's on par with this: this boxset is incredible.

four CDs with about 25-30 tracks on each. INCREDIBLE value for money, i recommend this to everybody [although the blues novice may struggle]


Perfume: the Story of a Murderer (Read Red)
Perfume: the Story of a Murderer (Read Red)
by John Woods
Edition: Paperback

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smell of roses, 13 Mar 2006
An absolutely sublime book which manages to evoke not only emotive strengths within the reader, but you can smell the plot.
Short, succinct and powerful. Suskind commands the plot in such a way that does not lose the reader throughout, but instead encapsulates them into his world of Parisian pefumiers and the boy we follow.
My favourite book. Definetely recommend.


Teach Yourself Russian Complete Course Package (Book + 2 CDs) [With 2 CDs] (Teach Yourself: Language)
Teach Yourself Russian Complete Course Package (Book + 2 CDs) [With 2 CDs] (Teach Yourself: Language)
by Daphne West
Edition: Paperback

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really comprehensive and easy-to-read guide, 21 Feb 2006
This book and CD pack (2 CDs) comes in a well presented plastic container that prevents it from damage in the mail. The book is very good for beginners and eases the reader into the depths of the Russian language.
Using effective accompanied audio support, the book teaches the basics: the cyrillic alphabet to complex grammar... Also the good thing about the guide is that it teaches you the right things you need... No more pondering over the neuter gender or the vocative declension, this guide interestingly shows you how to fulfill setences that you will expect on any trip (i.e. at the airport etc.)
Really good...


The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great read..., 8 Sep 2005
The infamous Da Vinci Code. Although the facts have been manipulated to fit a contemporary thriller, the book does not fail to grip the reader into the plot. The characters are fairly predictable but are nevertheless enjoyable as the story develops. It may not be a novel of exceptional quality, but it still manages to entertain and please readers of a broad spectrum.


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