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Lord Jim: A Tale (Penguin Popular Classics)
Lord Jim: A Tale (Penguin Popular Classics)
by Joseph Conrad
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic of the genre, 23 Jan 2009
This is a book that will appeal to boys from 8 to 80, a must in anyone's library, particularly if one has a taste for adventure . It is also in no small part an attack on the absurdity of western societal conventions.
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The Masterpiece (Oxford World's Classics)
The Masterpiece (Oxford World's Classics)
by Émile Zola
Edition: Paperback

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Literature, 23 Jan 2009
It is in itself a masterpiece . Although adequately translated here, it is a must read in the original tongue . Do not read this book if you are at all depressed, it goes from tragic to outright tragedy. You hope as you read this that the protagonist will ultimately find recognition, but this eludes him, even after death. Zola seems to be the Leonard Cohen of French literature.

The characters are particularly finely drawn; modern authors, please take note !
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Sgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show, 50th Annniversary Edition [DVD]
Sgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show, 50th Annniversary Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Phil Silvers
Price: £10.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 31 Dec 2008
What is remarkable about about Bilko, is despite knowing what the next line is going to be I still laugh like a drain when it is delivered. This is a master-class in comic timing. Sheer genius!


The Aeneid (Penguin Classics)
The Aeneid (Penguin Classics)
by Virgil
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars inferior to the previous penguin version, 8 Nov 2008
the Jackson Knight translation previously available in Penguin Classics is vastly superior...and should be sought out in 2nd hand shops...Quite why penguin thought it a good idea to change a classic version of a classic is beyond me; that said at least it isn't as bad as the awful Seamus Heaney version.
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Continental Drifter: Taking the Low Road with the First Grand Tourist
Continental Drifter: Taking the Low Road with the First Grand Tourist
by Tim Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Armchair travelling at its finest and funniest, 8 Nov 2008
This book is both witty and informative and should take pride of place in every thinking-man's library. The wry humour should be universally appreciated.


Stranger On A Train: Daydreaming and Smoking Around America
Stranger On A Train: Daydreaming and Smoking Around America
by Jenny Diski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars the art of writing is not dead, 27 Sep 2008
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If you despair of modern writers and their lack of style; weep no more. This book is a wonderful piece of writing and is unputdownable (sic).


The Children of Húrin
The Children of Húrin
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

12 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars re-hashing for profit, 21 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Children of Húrin (Paperback)
if you already have "unfinished tales" then you already own this book , give or take a few editorial tweaks......Tolkien is become a rip-off industry
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Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment
Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment
by James Gaines
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An un-enlightened book, 7 Sep 2008
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This book is litttered with typographical,grammatical and factual errors. It also displays a casual disregard for the true nature of bach's accomplishment. It beggars belief that rot like this should make it to shelves of good book-sellers. having bought this book I shall discard it rather than give it to a charity book-shop where it may inflict pain on yet another unsuspecting reader. the book comes with an impressive bibliography; which begs the question: "Did the author actually read any of his sources?"

Best avoided
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A Taste for Sailing
A Taste for Sailing
by John N.C. Lewis
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Armchair Sailing at its best!, 26 July 2008
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Probably the best book written on mucking about in boats; essential off-season reading. Laugh with sheer joy as the author shares his experiences in learning how to sail. You will recognise many of the pitfalls of the rookie sailor. A heart-warming tale.


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