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Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trite and insubstantial - a very disappointing read, 6 Sep 2013
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This book tells you nothing that we didn't already know about the holocaust and the events which took place in France during the war. Here, the author has dressed up the terrible events of 1942 into a gossipy romantic novel. The characters are all stereotypes. French men are dark, arrogant, irresistible, but emotionally stunted, unless they are gay in which case they are are urbane, impeccably mannered and a shoulder for women with unsympathetic husbands to cry on. French women are sexy, haughty and as hard as nails. Their mothers are crones.

Julia, the narrator of the novel is narcissistic and self absorbed. Her odyssey, to find out what happened to a victim of the holocaust, is emotionally shallow and she reflects upon the events of the Jewish transportations only in the light of her own miseries. The writing is hackneyed and peppered with product placements and the author flaunts her intimate knowledge of Paris and its streets and restaurants for us all to marvel at.

This not a serious book about the occupation of France in the second world war but a glib yarn of personal angst set against a background of the ghastly treatment of the Jews of Paris. The outcome is entirely predictable.

This is an easy read and the last third builds the tension quite nicely. It serves as a shorthand entry into the German occupation of Paris, only if one can overcome the resentment of using such a serious subject as a vehicle for a trite tale.


Trevi Soundbase 30W Soundbar 2.1 Stereo System perfect for LCD/LED TVs (Piano Black)
Trevi Soundbase 30W Soundbar 2.1 Stereo System perfect for LCD/LED TVs (Piano Black)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trevi Soundbase 2.1 Soundbar, 13 Feb 2013
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Having not been particularly satisfied with the quality of the sound on our recently purchased LG 32" HD TV (great picture, tinny, sometimes buzzy sound), I researched sound bars. Because of restricted space, the only real option for us was a plinth type of sound bar, and therefore the only choices were the Trevi and the Tibo PP-100. Reviews for both sound bars were quite mixed and although I realised that any 'lower end' option was a compromise, I took a chance on the slightly more positive Trevi reviews. The Tibo had also gone up in price from about £25 when I first looked to a minimum of about £50 or £60. I could not find the Trevi for less than £79.00.

We been happy with out purchase of the Trevi and it there is a noticeable improvement on the sound from the TV. Without any adjustments (the Trevi turned up without its remote control)the sound seemed nicely balanced with none of the boomy base other reviews have mentioned. Some speech on news broadcasts on the LG TV was very poor, with a sort of 'recessed' sound and speaker buzz. The Trevi has vastly improved this and live broadcasts of soccer, for example show a great improvement over the TV. Generally, I'd say the acoustic quality of the Trevi is a real step up from the TV.

Sometime soon the TV manufacturers will overcome the inherent problems with the sound on small screen TVs, but if you want to improve the acoustics, the Trevi will help things along. Although it will never approach the quality of HD TV visuals, if you restricted for space and looking for a fairly inexpensive compromise, I would recommend having a look at the Trevi.


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