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5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read, 29 Feb. 2012
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Nicely written with a bunch of characters that, although not all likeable, you do get to know and empathise with as the story develops. Excellent depiction of the literary scene too, which I assume comes from first-hand experience. A great ensemble piece, in a similar style to 'One Day'. If it has a weakness it is that the story winds down rather than finishes with a climax or a twist, but I was sorry to leave it at the end.


No Return: Journeys in the Holocaust
No Return: Journeys in the Holocaust
by Romek Marber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important and moving book, 4 Feb. 2012
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Romek was one of the few Polish Jews to survive the Third Reich and the horrors of 'The Final Solution'. His journey, as little more than a teenager, took him from the ghetto to the prison and concentration camps of Plaszow and Auschwitz before liberation, and finally coming to Britain where he worked with and became a lifelong friend of my father. His story is told in a simple and straightforward fashion, which makes it all the more moving. This is a first-hand account of what was actually happening in Germany between 1939 and 1946 and as such is a very important work - as important as Anne Frank's diary. We must not forget what we are capable of.


Perlmann's Silence
Perlmann's Silence
Price: £4.72

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Long slow train crash, 23 Jan. 2012
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I bought this book on the basis of a review in the Guardian which sounded intriguing. And in some ways it is, in that it generates the horrible fascination of watching a long slow train crash unfold over 400+ pages. Much of the linguistic analysis and the characterisations are fascinating, but I lost patience after about 200 pages and ended up skimming through just to find out what happens to poor old Perlmann at the end.


Déjà Vu (The Saskia Brandt Series Book One)
Déjà Vu (The Saskia Brandt Series Book One)

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2.0 out of 5 stars The writing gets in the way, 29 Nov. 2011
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The story may not be too bad, but the author's style of writing keeps getting in the way. Right from the first sentence, he's trying to be too clever: why does she "narrow her eyes at the evening" and does she have to be "ghost-touched by the air conditioning"? It doesn't add to the telling, and that's the thing about great writers: they just tell you the story. I couldn't finish it.


Long Way Round [DVD] [2004]
Long Way Round [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.98

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't help liking the guys, 10 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Long Way Round [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
If you're looking for something a bit less formal and a bit more exuberant than Michael Palin, then this is it. Two guys - one famous and the other not so - travel 19,000 miles 'the long way round' - as they must mention thousands of times through the course of the journey. This is a lot less slick and a lot less colourful than Michael Palin's classic travelogues. A lot of it was filmed with hand-held cameras, and a lot of it consists of McGregor or Boorman talking to camera about how excited, scared, worn-out or awe-inspired they feel. There are some classic moments though. Within two episodes they've entered Russia and the next three cover their trip across progressively worse and worse terrain until they fly across the Alaska. The final episode sees them zip across the US, to a genuinely touching finale at the end. Given the choice I would buy one of the Palin DVDs over this one as they are better filmed and contain much more information, but you can't help liking the guys...


Finding Nemo (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2003]
Finding Nemo (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Albert Brooks
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £8.58

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb animation, 6 Jan. 2005
Unbelievably good. Cutting edge animation (under water effects are incredible) without loosing site of the need for sympathetic characters and a coherent (if highly zany) story line. Great for kids and adults alike.


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