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Platform
Platform
by Frank Wynne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars sex and tourism, 18 Mar 2013
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Those familiar with Houellebuecq's ouevre will not find something that different from his other offerings, being the story of a middle-aged loner who finds love and sex and a kind of redemption in the arms of a woman he meets on a holiday in Thailand. Saying that though Houellebuecq is as compulsive reading as ever, providing the big kind of themes that other writers neglect. The story takes in the machinations of big business, through the character of his girlfriend and her senior who work in the travel industry. The story ends tragically leaving us with the feeling that happiness is often only too short. a satisfying read


Behind The Wall
Behind The Wall
by Colin Thubron
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars rather grim post revolution China of the 1980's, 18 Mar 2013
This review is from: Behind The Wall (Paperback)
Colin Thubron in Behind the Wall presents a rather grim post revolution 1980's China. He visits different places starting off in Beijing but what gives the book its main tone is the stories of the people he meets along the way, who are mostly unhappy and disgruntled at the way things in their country are. The book therefore comes across very grey and depressing. The writing as always by Thubron is excellent but only being on chapter three I am nonetheless tempted top leave the book there, it being so bleak. I found Thubron's In Siberia and Amongst the Russians much more engaging, but maybe that's just me. One can only take comfort with the thought that things in China things are much improved now.


Forever Nude
Forever Nude
by Guy Goffette
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful portrait of Bonnard and Marthe, 7 Mar 2013
This review is from: Forever Nude (Hardcover)
In this short little book Guy Goffette presents a poetical biography of the artist Pierre Bonnard and his muse and then wife Marthe. What transpires is some delightful prose with Goffette himself being a master of colour in words as much as Bonnard is with paint. The chapters are very very short making it easy to read and the book can easily be read in an hour or so. very enjoyable


The New Spaniards
The New Spaniards
by John Hooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spain chopped into facts and figures, 7 Mar 2013
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In The New Spaniards you will find that the Spaniards of the title are themselves largely absent. What you get instead is a study of various aspects of Spanish life including the church, the army, the arts, the monarchy or the effect of the Franco regime chopped into facts and figures. There is little attempt to draw any kind of picture of what the Spaniards are actually like and the text comes across as quite boring because of this - the title then becomes something of a misnomer. Having only dipped into it so far I found it pretty disappointing. a rather dull book on a colourful nation.


True As The Stars Above
True As The Stars Above
by Neil Spencer
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars astrology's place in society, 2 Mar 2013
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In True as the Stars Above Neil Spencer takes us on a tour of the place that astrology has in Western society, with chapters on poets and astrology, music and astrology, financial astrology, newspaper astrology, and the age of aquarius amongst others, after having given a brief introduction to the art itself. At many points sceptical about the topic of his book, particularly on psychological astrology, the notion of cusps and the age of aquarius Spencer nevertheless shows himself to be no mean astrologer himself. an interesting and absorbing read


The Meaning of Friendship
The Meaning of Friendship
by Mark Vernon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

4.0 out of 5 stars philosophy of friendship, 26 Feb 2013
In Mark Vernon's The Meaning of Friendship there are many ideas that any reflective person may have thought of themselves in their spare time, albeit with a few perhaps not. What gives the book weight though is fleshing these ideas out with reference given to many great thinkers including Socrates,Plato, Aristotle, Nietszche and Foucault to name some of them. He tackles the subject with chapters including the politics of friendship, friends and love, the spirituality of friendship and friendship and work. To me the book seemed a little too repetitive in its arguments, but all in all nonetheless a good and interesting read.


31 Songs
31 Songs
by Nick Hornby
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars an apologia for pop music, 13 Feb 2013
This review is from: 31 Songs (Paperback)
I don't know what circles Nick Hornby moves in but his assertion that pop music is not taken seriously enough, and that this was part of the reason for writing this book is really something of a non-sequiter. For anybody under 50 and probably well over half the population, pop music is where its at and radio 3 and the classical concert might as well be another planet, not to mention the very small amount of people who are interested in jazz. Saying this though this tour through songs that have had a particular impact on Hornby is both personal and interesting and moreover enjoyably compulsive. He riffs on his particular musical bugbears and enthusiasms in a chatty manner. a good read


Flaubert's Parrot
Flaubert's Parrot
by Julian Barnes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars minutiae of a writer's life, 12 Feb 2013
This review is from: Flaubert's Parrot (Paperback)
Julian Barnes has spun a so-called novel Flaubert's Parrot, which is mainly musings into the minutiae of said writer's life. Flaubert himself proclaimed an objectivity in his own art and thought his own doings to be of little interest - what was important was the writing itself. And this generally holds true, the work of an artist stands as more interesting than the artist himself in the main, albeit with some exceptions, Flaubert though not being one of them particularly. What then transpires as this book unfolds is something particularly thin and unengaging, meandering as one not particularly interesting thought enters Barnes' head after another. A somewhat posy and pretentious attempt at a novel.


The Rough Guide To The Music Of Russian Gypsies
The Rough Guide To The Music Of Russian Gypsies
Price: £7.95

3.0 out of 5 stars a bit syrupy for my taste, 11 Feb 2013
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Having enjoyed and perhaps spoiled by the fantastic Romanian gypsy music of Taraf de Haidouks, on listening to this disc of Russian Gypsy music I felt there was something lacking. I don't know if this is the authentic thing as far as Russian gypsy music goes, but I felt it lacked the edge of their aforementioned Romanian counterparts and was mostly too syrupy for my liking.


The Arden Dictionary of Shakespeare Quotations: Gift Edition (Arden Shakespeare Library)
The Arden Dictionary of Shakespeare Quotations: Gift Edition (Arden Shakespeare Library)
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.29

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a quick dip into Shakespeare, 11 Feb 2013
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If you're at all lazy about reading Shakespeare's works like I am but want to enjoy some of the bard's genius, then this is the book for you. Listing Shakespeare's quotes by alphabetical subject matter, from grief to joy, from death to experience, and much more beyond, you gain some fair measure of his well deserved reputation. Actually made me more enthused about reading his works.


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