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Our Mutual Friend [DVD] [1998]
Our Mutual Friend [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Paul McGann
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Price: £11.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent adaptation of Dicken's work, 1 Mar 2014
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This series is an excellent adaptation of "Our mutual friend," Dicken's last novel. There are no important changes, apart from plot simplifications (the novel is too complex for a theater adaptation).


Dark Benediction (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Dark Benediction (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Walter M. Miller Jr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of short stories by a master of science-fiction, 1 Mar 2014
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Walter M. Miller Jr. is mainly known because of his acclamed novel "A canticle for Leibowitz." This collection of short stories proves that he was also a very good author in this genre.


Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (2007) Classic Japanese Drama
Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (2007) Classic Japanese Drama

4.0 out of 5 stars Second Part of the excelent film "Sunset in Third St.", 1 Mar 2014
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This second part is very interesting because it solves some of the tangles left in the excelent first part of this two-part film.


Noel Coward Collection [DVD]
Noel Coward Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Noel Coward
Price: £18.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat mixed collection of Noel Coward plays and adaptations, 1 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Noel Coward Collection [DVD] (DVD)
I specially liked "Hay fever," "Tonight at 8:30," "Mrs. Capper's birthday," "What mad pursuit" and "Bon voyage." The others I liked significantly less.


Little Dorrit [DVD] [2008]
Little Dorrit [DVD] [2008]
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Price: £11.92

5.0 out of 5 stars A very good adaptation of "Little Dorrit", 1 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Little Dorrit [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Apart from very slight changes (some of them required by the need of conciseness or because of theater restrictions), this is a faithful adaptation of Dickens "Little Dorrit."


Image and Imagination: Essays and Reviews (Canto Classics)
Image and Imagination: Essays and Reviews (Canto Classics)
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Latest C.S.Lewis articles now in print, 1 Mar 2014
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I like everything Lewis wrote. This book contains his forewords of other books and similar literary criticism papers, many of which had never before been published.


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Repackaged) [DVD] [1996]
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Repackaged) [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Tara Fitzgerald
Price: £5.46

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3.0 out of 5 stars A good adaptation with a big blunder, 18 Jan 2014
This is a good adaptation of the novel by Anne Brontė with the same name. Previous reviewers that criticise the script because Helen is too harsh, or because the last scene is too hasty, have probably not read the novel. Those two points are there. I once commented that, if any of Anne's sisters (Charlotte or Emily) had attempted to develop the situation in the last chapter, they would probably have extended it through twenty chapters, while Anne just gives it one.
But there is a big blunder in the adaptation. When Gilbert learns that Helen has gone back to her ailing husband, he pursues her and says that "we have a right to happiness in spite of social conventions." This is not in the novel, it is an addition typical of the mentality of the twentieth century authors of the script. The problem is: acting thus, Gilbert becomes undistinguishable from Rupert Hargrave. In the novel, they are completely opposite. In fact, Gilbert's consent to keep apart from Helen is what finally wins him her love, while she abhors Rupert. This crucial nuance is completely lost in the adaptation.
This is the reason why I have awarded this film only 3 points.
I have this film as a part of a three part series: The Classic Bronte BBC Collection : Jane Eyre / Tenant Of Wildfell Hall / Wuthering Heights (5 Disc Box Set) [DVD]


The Curse of Chalion
The Curse of Chalion
by Lois McMaster Bujold
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy adventure novel with depth, 30 Oct 2012
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This review is from: The Curse of Chalion (Paperback)
The Curse of Chalion is one of the best fantasy novels of the latest years. It belongs to that rare category, which also contains Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, C.S.Lewis' Perelandra, Miller's Canticle for Leibowitz, or Anderson's Orbit unlimited, which combine an interesting adventure plot with important ethical dilemmas and deep questions about the nature of man and God.
In this novel, as deftly crafted as her Vorkosigan saga, Lois McMaster Bujold has pushed further the bounds of subcreation (as defined by Tolkien in his paper On fairie stories). She presents us, not just a coherent imaginary universe, but even a strange God, which rather than three persons displays five. However, under the superficial differences, this God is not unrecognizably different from the one we have heard about (I don't dare say that we know).
Cazaril, the hero, is clearly a figure of Christ: his death becomes the rent between the worlds, through which one of the divine persons enters the world of matter to lift the curse of Chalion, a kind of original sin. He is even, in some sense, resurrected. This parallel, however, does not push the story out of its logical lines, but is smoothly embedded in it. In fact, one could say, it is the other way around: the story pushes the message and makes it take the appropriate form for the world being described, in a show of the literary masterly of the author.
The book is interspersed with pearls worthy of being remembered. The following are a few of them:
To a man of certain age... all young ladies start to look delightful. It's the first symptom of senility.
[God] does not grant miracles for our purposes, but for [His purposes].
Prayer, he suspected... was putting one foot in front of the other. Moving all the same.
Men have always a choice - if not whether, then how, they may endure.
[God is] on our side... can we fail?... Yes... and when we fail, [God does] too.


Maggie of Long Hollow
Maggie of Long Hollow
by James W Prothero
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War around the family: a historic novel, but it really happened, 11 Jan 2009
This review is from: Maggie of Long Hollow (Paperback)
This book reminds me of the film "Friendly Persuasion" (with Gary Cooper). Both depict the reaction towards war of people with strong pacifist persuasions. The people who must react is the same in both cases (the Quakers or Friends), the war is the same (the American civil war) and even some of the actual soldiers are the same (such as general Morgan). On the other side, the point of view is different: the film is told in the third person, putting more emphasis on the reactions of men, and the Quakers live in Indiana, on a part of the country which has remained peaceful for most of the war and is lined with the North, where Quakers are mostly left to act according to their conscience. This novel, on the other side, is told in the first person by the author's own great-grand-mother, from the point of view of women, while the Quakers live in Virginia, in a Southern area where they are looked as traitors and their men are dragged to the army against their will.

I like this book a lot. Historically, it appears to be very well researched, and although technically it is a novel, the plot is built around real facts that actually happened. Specially well described is the evolution of the mind of the narrator, who becomes highly believable and is able to establish an excellent sympathy and a real understanding with the reader.


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