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Hamlet (Penguin Popular Classics)
Hamlet (Penguin Popular Classics)
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamlet- the play of everything..., 18 Oct 2006
Studying this play for alevel, i was amazed at how enthralled i was with it. Shakespeare gives absolutely everything in this one!

The creation of Hamlet is an outstanding achievement, simply because he is as true a person as you can find. The mixtures of emotion (guilt, rage, sorrow ect) portrays him as real life.

There is simply too much to talk about in this review, so i will shorten by commenting on this play has it all- murder, revenge, love, humour, poetry, modernist ideas and a pure idea of human emotion. Overall, this play is one of the greatest masterpieces ever written.

Twelve Stops and Home
Twelve Stops and Home
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Price: 2.74

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Feeling of utter Joy!, 5 Oct 2006
This review is from: Twelve Stops and Home (Audio CD)
This debut almbum makes you feel just great! The sound is different then lots of artists out there at the moment and in The Feeling we see great songs from a intelligent band who, while not wanting to set the world of fire, certainly care about there music.

There are some truly great songs- Never Be Lonely, Sewn, Strange, Helicopter- yet there isnt a bad track on the album!

Pure listenable gold- you'll be playing them over and over again.

Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier
Edition: Paperback

9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cold Mountain- The Art of A Tedious Novel, 3 Oct 2006
This review is from: Cold Mountain (Paperback)
Charles Frazier is a talented writer. He knows how to use the language, plot devizes and writing style to good effect. However, Cold Mountain is tedious to the point of exasperation. The two main characters do not create enough sympathy for me to really care about. Everything is described to exact detail, and this makes the book dispassionate and devout of emotion.

The book is perhaps saved with characters such as Stobrod and Veasey, but this not not defer from the poorness of the overall plot. Frazier is successful at writing this in a detached way, but overdoes it in this novel. A potentially good story and classic novel is disapointedly wasted. However, those looking for a read with beautiful describitive language will be enthralled.
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Gentlemen & Players
Gentlemen & Players
by Joanne Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, 3 Oct 2006
This review is from: Gentlemen & Players (Paperback)
Gentlemen and Players is ultimately (though not nearly as simply) a tale of bitterness and revenge. Harris uses two narrators to good effect, although this is admittedly confusing at the beginning of the novel. On one side we have Snyde (the player), who is planning to bring down grammar school St Oswald's from the inside, while on the other we have eccentric (and very likeable) Latin master Straightly (the Gentleman), who is potentially the only one capable of seeing the disasters that begin to occur around the school.

Harris' tale effortlessly breezes between past and present to good effect, and the two narrators are portrayed likeable by Harris, ironic as they are opposites. Snyde, although seemingly evil, draws a lot of sympathy when it comes to the child's upbringing. It is clear that Snyde as a child felt rejected by St Oswald's, and it this that gave much bitterness and hatred towards the school. We also see Harris poking a little fun at the snobbery of the middle classes and the grammar school.

Overall, Snyde's obsession with St Oswald's becomes the reader's obsession to, as the pages are desperately turned to find out what happens next. Harris is effective in her fast paced style of writing, combining thrilling writing effortlessly with suspense; making it obvious she had a whale of a time writing this. Although at times the narrating is flawed, and the twist at the end is a little inconsistent with previous events, this makes for a light and entertaining read. This is no classic, but nevertheless a highly enjoyable read.

We Need To Talk About Kevin (Five Star Paperback)
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Five Star Paperback)
by Lionel Shriver
Edition: Paperback

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Analysis of a Mothers "worst fear"., 3 Oct 2006
Lionel Shriver's novel is a one of a fascinating nature. The main character is Eva (written in a first person narrative), who's son Kevin has, at the tender age of 15, murdered several classmates and a teacher in an American highschool shooting. In letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, we see flashbacks of Kevin's upbringing; Eva posing the question- did her son murder those people as a result of his personality or Eva's parenting?

The book, although a slow starter, quickly develops into a page-turner. Shriver portrays Eva as a cold and unemotional person, yet we see through several of her letters a deep sense of sentiment in her. Her use of style and language shows the reader very early on how evil Kevin is. The continuing story offers several twists and leaves the reader hooked on Shriver's every word. In this, she raises several questions, which are left for the reader to make his or her own mind up upon- why do we have children? Is evil natured or nurtured? Do we really understand our children? Shriver's use of Eva narrating in a series of letters to her husband gives the novel a more personal and realistic tone, and it is this that effectively keeps the reader hooked, and at times shocked at the apparent ferocity of her words.

Overall, this novel is a clear success, which certainly is a brave and successful attempt of a new age of psychological thrillers. Shriver successfully makes this a page-turner, portraying fascinating characters, real-life situations and questions the view of modern American idealism. All this and a phenomenal twist at the end of the book shows We Need To Talk About Kevin is a first rate book. Overall, a worthy novel, combining thrilling writing with mature psychological analysis.

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