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The Pickwick Papers (Oxford World's Classics)
The Pickwick Papers (Oxford World's Classics)
Price: 1.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality Kindle transcription, 12 Aug 2013
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The book is fine - amazing that I had not read it before. The Kindle version is damaged by copious typos, surprising given that it was originally an Oxford World's Classic. 'tl' becomes 'd','the' sometimes becomes 'die', and apostrophes confuse the transcriber. By all means use OCR software to produce Kindle editions, but then get someone to proof-read. I have persevered to 87% before writing this exasperated review.


Coroner's Pidgin
Coroner's Pidgin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but engaging, 15 April 2013
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A detective story set at the end of World War II. this book is memorable for its evocation of a ravaged wartime England. Spoilt slightly by the repetition of descriptions that Allingham obviously enjoyed, it's still a jolly spiffing ripping yarn


Things Fall Apart (Penguin Classics)
Things Fall Apart (Penguin Classics)
by Chinua Achebe
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars An African story from an African perspective, 15 April 2013
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This is a brilliant account of the impact on traditional Igbo society of British colonial (and religious) ideas. Until the triumph of the colonists, Achebe uses a storytelling narrative; as the colonists achieve dominance, he uses a more linear and fast approach. His depiction of traditional society is depicted, warts and all, through the fatally flawed main character, so this is no simple exercise in nostalgia. Instead, it is a direct and African portrayal of a cultural clash. No wonder it had such an impact when it was first published. It's a shame that there are no other books by this writer on Kindle.


Life After Life
Life After Life
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating conceit, 2 April 2013
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Kate Atkinson is a brilliant writer, and this novel is no disappointment. It is a "What if?" story about one individual, exploring the possible outcomes if things turn out differently. Gripping and convincing!


Life And Fate (Orange Inheritance)
Life And Fate (Orange Inheritance)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing portrayal of life in the USSR and Germany during World War II, 19 Jan 2013
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Although some people might be put off by the vast number of characters, and the confusing Russian habit of giving themselves a wide variety, this is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Grossman handles the confusion, tragedies and horrors of war and life itself with an amazing understanding of human strengths and weaknesses, and forces the reader to confront all their preconceptions about what good is and what ideas are.

Once I started reading, I could not put 'Life and Fate' down. This is a raw but deeply sensitive analysis of the human condition, and the dangers of unquestioning obedience to any form of doctrine. It also is life-affirming, showing the essential warmth of humanity in small acts of kindness in conditions of unspeakable nastiness.

Grossman died before he could edit his work, which in any case had been 'arrested' by the KGB. The result is a few longueurs, which don't detract from the overall impact. Why 'Life and Fate' is not more widely known beggars belief. I have become a self-confessed publicist for it, and urge more people to read it; they won't be disappointed.


The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village
The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village
by Eamon Duffy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.20

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 18 Dec 2012
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This is a masterly analysis of the reactions of a tiny parish and its amazing vicar in the period from Henry VIII's break with Rome and the accession of Elizabeth. The devotional life of the parishioners is examined through this turbulent time, and the adjustments they had to make, sometimes very reluctantly, illustrated. Although Mr Duffy's underlying belief that the English Reformation was a state imposed dictat, rather than a genuinely popular movement, is controversial, to say the least, he writes with such clarity that he almost persuades you. A fascinating example of micro-history.


Tudor Church Militant: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation
Tudor Church Militant: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation
by Diarmaid MacCulloch
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A scholarly counterblast to revisionist historians, 18 Dec 2012
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Diarmaid MacCulloch is the perfect antidote to Eamon Duffy and others who seek to minimise the popular support for the Reformation in England. It's lucid and a really good read and well worth getting hold of.


The Captive Queen
The Captive Queen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor book, 12 Dec 2012
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My wife ordered this for a reading group. She persevered for a few days but found it unreadable. The writer intersperses cod medievalisms with inappropriate modernisms; the book should be nominated for the Bad Sex Award; Eleanor of Aquitaine is left as a lusty nympho with "chestnut tresses", not the long-lived and powerful political manipulator she really was. If you want a novel about the past, Hilary Mantel's books are infinitely more fun to read, and are real literature.


The Cruel Sea
The Cruel Sea
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A ripping yarn, 17 April 2012
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Amazing that I had not read this before! Brings home the horrors and heroism of the convoys. I'm not, however, tempted to read anything else by Montserrat.


Cake Container - Large Size Round - See Through Lid
Cake Container - Large Size Round - See Through Lid
Offered by Indiabazaar
Price: 17.76

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough information, 31 Jan 2012
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Although this is perfectly acceptable in terms of quality, it was not as tall as we were hoping for. It will do, but the height, as well as the diameter, ought to be given in future product descriptions.
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