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The Pleasure of my Company
The Pleasure of my Company
by Steve Martin
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant, 9 Oct. 2003
This is the kind of book that you can read all in one go. Preferably on a Sunday afternoon when it's raining. It's brilliantly written, but although some have said it to be laugh out loud funny, I think the true strength of this novel is Martin's ability to make you fall in love with a crazy, and probably very annoying, man. You can't help but be captured by Daniel. I finished this with a little sob, glad for the character and Martin but kind of disappointed that my time with them was over.


Stealing Home
Stealing Home
by Sharon Robinson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant account of life with a celebrity father, 4 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Stealing Home (Hardcover)
Sharon Robinson is the daughter of Jackie Robinson, the first black man to enter the all white environment of major league baseball. It is not so much a biography of her father, but rather a testament to the effects of fame on a family. It is also an important document of the life of a black girl in the most important era for civil rights. A very interesting read for any one interested in contemporary American history, personal histories, fame and celebrity, and, of course, Jackie Robinson.


Our House in The Last World
Our House in The Last World
by Oscar Hijuelos
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cuban family tries to make good, 4 Oct. 2003
The 'Last World' is America and this is the story of a Cuban family trying to succeed in New York City. It is written with a powerful sense of despair of impending failure that constantly hangs over the heads over the recent immigrants. Following in the genre of characters defined by two cultures as in Asian American and African American writing, this novel creates a set of characters that you pray will succeed in their twentieth century quest. Easily the best book I read last month.


Carry Me Across the Water
Carry Me Across the Water
by Ethan Canin
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving story about life, 4 Oct. 2003
This is a fictional story of one man's interesting, but not implausible life, written with care and sensitivity by Canin. As August Kleinman's life plays out as do the events of the twentieth century, but these are merely a back drop to the his personal journey. The strands of his life are subtly interwoven until the point comes when the old man must face his actions and repent in order to leave the limbo his mind and body has created. It's an over used phrase, but this novel really is life affirming in it's beautiful rendition of a character seeking to become a better man.


Year of the Frog
Year of the Frog
by Martin M. Šimečka
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to read something different?, 30 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Year of the Frog (Paperback)
Translated from Czech, The Year of the Frog loses nothing of its lyricism. It's an odd but moving tale of a young man in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. Due to his father's political activism he is not permitted to attend university in this strict communist society. To try and gain some fulfilment from his life he has two obsessions: running and his girlfriend. His runs take the reader through the communist streets of Bratislava, introducing them to colourful characters. It's a love story on two counts: between Milan and his girlfriend, and also Milan and his country. Don't be scared off by literature in translation, this novel gives you characters that are so compelling that you wont be able to put down the book until their story ends.


Some Devil
Some Devil
Offered by westworld-
Price: £14.98

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent solo effort, 30 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Some Devil (Audio CD)
Although this is Dave Matthews without the help of his band, it still has very much the same feel due to his unmistakable and incomparable vocal abilities. As an album it is very tight, without any weak tracks, and the musicianship is superb. Dave’s voice is clear and not, as is sometimes the case with albums recorded with the whole band, overshadowed by the complex musical backdrop. The lyrics are, as usual, unique, touching, and thought provoking. Take, for example, Gravedigger, which has the recurring plea: “Gravedigger, when you dig my grave, could you make it shallow, so I can feel the rain.” Dave Matthews (and his band) have had limited success in this country but they are absolutely huge in America, and if you want to know why he is such a strong student favourite then check this out. In short, buy this record if you appreciate song writing and you want a beautiful musical experience.


Some Devil
Some Devil
Offered by westworld-
Price: £14.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant solo album, 28 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Some Devil (Audio CD)
Although this is Dave Matthews without the help of his band, it still has very much the same feel due to his unmistakable and incomparable vocal abilities. As an album it is very tight, without any weak tracks, and the musicianship is superb. Dave’s voice is clear and not, as is sometimes the case with albums recorded with the whole band, overshadowed by the complex musical backdrop. The lyrics are, as usual, unique, touching, and thought provoking. Take, for example, Gravedigger, which has the recurring plea: “Gravedigger, when you dig my grave, could you make it shallow, so I can feel the rain.” Dave Matthews (and his band) have had limited success in this country but they are absolutely huge in America, and if you want to know why he is such a strong student favourite then check this out. In short, buy this record if you appreciate song writing and you want a beautiful musical experience.


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