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Old tales and talking
Old tales and talking
by Estella Schoenberg
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Overriding Importance of Quentin Compson to the Works of William Faulkner, 14 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Old tales and talking (Hardcover)
This is a truly fascinating book, centred on the works of William Faulkner and in particular of his character Quentin Compson and the tales he and his equivalents under other names featured in, culminating in Faulkner's two acknowledged masterpieces, "The Sound and the Fury" and "Absalom, Absalom!". Schoenberg suggests very plausibly that the true protagonist of the latter is not Thomas Sutpen but its narrator Quentin Compson, and that Compson is trying to make sense of, and find comparison with, his own anguished condition and his feelings for his sister, Caddie, memorably described in "The Sound and the Fury". At the very least Quentin's mediation in Absalom, and the stories he and his Harvard room-mate craft out of the old Sutpen legends, lend immeasurable depth to Absalom, making it arguably the greatest novel ever written in the English language. As I say this is a truly fascinating book, and a must surely for any admirer of the works of William Faulkner.


Red Sorghum [1987] [DVD]
Red Sorghum [1987] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Yimou Zhang
Offered by vivaverve
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Red Sorghum, 9 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Red Sorghum [1987] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a really topnotch Chinese movie set in the mid 20th Century. it is both panoramic and intimate and the story is tells will resonate long after it's over. A movie to visit and revisit over the years.


Father Dear Father - Series 4 [DVD]
Father Dear Father - Series 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Cargill

4.0 out of 5 stars Father Dear Father, 9 Jan. 2014
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An old British sitcom but it still entertains. Patrick Cargill was a masterful comedy actor and he had good support in this series. The younger daughter Karen (Ann Holloway) is particularly charming and disorderly as Cargill struggles to control her capricious conduct.


Indianola: The Mother of Western Texas
Indianola: The Mother of Western Texas
by Brownson Malsch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Indianola, 9 Jan. 2014
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This story of the lost city of Indianola is riveting. A series of storms in the late 19th Century destroyed it. The author tells a detailed and interesting account of the entire history of the place. This is a superb microcosm of American history.


Blood Red River
Blood Red River
Price: £7.82

4.0 out of 5 stars Josh White, 9 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Blood Red River (Audio CD)
I'd forgotten just what a strong voice this man had. There are some excellent songs on here. One of the highlights is "The Lass with the Delicate Air" which is beautiful.


Hebburn [DVD]
Hebburn [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jim Moir
Price: £6.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hebburn is a place on earth, 9 Jan. 2014
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This Geordie sitcom is a piece of magic. Rarely have I seen a series that combined warmth and humour so well. Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) and Gina McKee make a lovely solid loving central couple around which the kids and the gran can wreak their havoc. The son is wonderful and the slapper daughter is gorgeous. Sometimes too it's quite moving and it's getting better now that it's established the characters. One for all ages to enjoy.


1970-1987 (Album Box Set)
1970-1987 (Album Box Set)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ry Cooder, 9 Jan. 2014
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Times change and so do personal tastes. Cooder's a fine musician but these old albums didn't grab me the way they did when they were first released. The material doesn't seem as varied as once it did, and sometimes his voice grates.


Slim Chance
Slim Chance

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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of Ronnie, 25 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Slim Chance (Audio CD)
When Ronnie Lane left The Small Faces he went off into the Shropshire countryside to make music and lead a gipsy lifestyle. The music the man made was superb and this CD has some wonderful tracks on it. I'd recommend "Steppin' and Reelin'" a long piece about a wedding, and Ronnie's take on Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell" but the stand out track of all to me is the beautiful "Harvest Home" which has a sad story behind it and the musicianship of Ronnie and band member Charlie Hart who has gone on to make a lot more great music since. As for the departed Ronnie- he is sadly missed.


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