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Look at What the Light Did Now (CD-sized Digipack) [DVD] [2010]
Look at What the Light Did Now (CD-sized Digipack) [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Feist
Price: £14.87

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A feast of Feist - almost, 7 May 2011
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For those who adored 2007's The Reminder, the wait for new Feist material has been a long one. This DVD and audio disk goes some way towards filling the gap, although it falls short in some respects. The DVD is a 'making of' about The Reminder, plus some concert footage, singles videos, and a couple of enigmatic shorts featuring Feist's music. There is much here to enjoy, and many Feist fans will consider it worth the price. There are many superb moments, including a lazy sunny afternoon duet of new song 'Look at What the Light Did Now', a look inside the work of Clea Minaker (the artist who did the wonderful live projections on The Reminder tours) and video director Patrick Daughters, together with some superb concert performances by the lady herself on top form. The DVD is accompanied by an audio disk, and herein lies the weakness of the package. While containing some great stuff there is also a lot of filler here. Who really needs lengthy piano improvisations of Feisty musical themes by Chilly Gonzales? OK as film theme music, fine in the DVD, but hardly worth repeated listenings on audio. What about a full length live album? Or better still, a set of new songs. The wait goes on...


The War of the End of the World
The War of the End of the World
by Mario Vargas Llosa
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep, dark labyrinth of a novel, 7 May 2011
This is an astonishing book, a kaleidoscopic vision of how idealism allows even the most terrible atrocities to become permitted and normalized. The book is a novelization of the true story of Canudos, a utopian settlement made up of the broken, wounded and dispossessed in late 19th Century Brazil, set up by the visionary Councillor. The story unfolds in a series of linked personal stories, as Canudos is repeatedly assailed by armies of the territory of Bahia and the Republic of Brazil. The reader's sympathies are steered towards the occupants of Canudos, but beware - this is not a simple matter of 'good guys' and 'bad guys'. The visionaries of Canudos wreak terrible vengeance on their enemies, mutilating corpses, burning haciendas and blighting lives, while even the most bloodthirsty of professional soldiers is shown to have humanity and compassion. Both sides of the escalating conflict are totally convinced of their own 'rightness' and the evil of their opponents. This morally complex book works on many levels, and contains deep lessons for our own times, as well as opening a window into a terrible episode in South American history. Allow yourself to be drawn into this book, and it will haunt you for a long time.


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