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The Dynamite Room
The Dynamite Room
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, 7 Jun 2014
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Nothing much happens for a lot of this story,but the atmosphere is so tense,and relationships throughout so brittle,that the author keeps us on our toes,waiting for catastrophe.
The hostage / kidnapper scenario is brilliantly written,and it is a very interesting read.I really liked the book.


The Heroes' Welcome
The Heroes' Welcome
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting Sequel, 7 Jun 2014
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I found " My Dear I Wanted to Tell You " a very emotional well written story, in which I learnt much about WW1 trauma.
This follow up is also excellent,tho' dealing with much less dramatic material. Louisa Young picks up her story from 1919,and details the lives of her original characters over the next decades. The end of war of course,is by no means the end of the damage inflicted on a whole generation,and the next generation.She has written an entirely believable story,about those returnees who coped,and those who couldn't adjust to normal life again; about dreams fulfilled and dashed.
If, like me ,you enjoy war novels,I can really recommend this book and it's predecessor.


Brodeck's Report
Brodeck's Report
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Fiction, 7 Jun 2014
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The author of " Grey Souls " and " Monsieur Linh and his Child ", both wonderful books,has written a sober,utterly original and shocking story in " Brodeck's Report ".
Other reviews have described the storyline, so I would just like to say that if you want a book of beautiful language,brutal and tender,which holds a mirror up to what it means to be human and the essence of Good and Evil in us all, then don't miss out on this writer, and this book in particular.
One of those that will stay on my bookshelf,to be lent sparingly to those who want more than plot lines and narrative from their reading. Philippe Claudel is a superb novelist.
Buy,Buy, Buy !


A Late Quartet [DVD] [2012]
A Late Quartet [DVD] [2012]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Viewing, 29 Dec 2013
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Buy this DVD !
It is probably not for lovers of action packed drama, but is a beautiful very human story of the intense relationships between a small group of successful musicians when the quartet is threatened by illness and change. Old passions,long dormant rise to the surface and are the cause of much distrust between members of the previously close knit group.
Wonderful acting performances from the cast,and beautiful Beethoven music. ----- I have been passing on this lovely DVD to my family and friends.


In The Christmas Street Advent Calendar
In The Christmas Street Advent Calendar

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Calendar, 13 Oct 2013
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There is a quiet beauty to the picture,even the frosting is subtle.For those who dislike the usual loud ,bells and whistles ,brightly coloured,chocolate filled calendars,this is the perfect answer.
One word of caution --- it is a very large calendar: it comes without an envelope and would be very awkward to post .


Dragon Seed (Oriental Novels of Pearl Buck)
Dragon Seed (Oriental Novels of Pearl Buck)
by Pearl S. Buck
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Buck at her beat, 27 Sep 2013
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Among the best of Pearl Buck's oriental novels,and I have bought eight of them.Hugely enjoyable,and one learns more from them than from any History book.


The Lowland
The Lowland
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps a prize winner?, 27 Sep 2013
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Another great read from the rich library that holds Anglo-Indian literature.
It was probably necessary to include quite a lot of recent Indian political history as background to the book,as the main characters are immersed in the tumult of those times. For this reader tho' there was rather too many figures from various political groups around the edges of the story. They are peripheral characters,and the reader does not engage with any of them.
It is in describing the relationship between the two brothers however,that Lahiri's story telling gifts shine out. Two very different young men,with differing political views,and with deep bonds of affection between them which are never broken,grow up to lead lives which pull them apart physically but never emotionally.
Indian family life and the expectations of parents vis a vis their children feature strongly,and cause the brothers a lot of pain.
The Lowland has deservedly been shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2013,and I can really recommend it.


Nothing Holds Back the Night
Nothing Holds Back the Night
by Delphine de Vigan
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brave,courageous writing, 9 Sep 2013
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Delphine De Vigan seems incapable of writing anything bad.I have loved all her books that are available in translation, and wish that there were more of them; ---- her publishers,please note.
"Nothing Holds back The Night" is a deeply emotional story,part memoir of the author's mother,part biography and part fiction.The writing is fierce and occasionally heart wrenching. It is a book beyond any category,and that leaves you grateful for your own ordinary life.
Not an easy read,but unmissable and unforgettable .


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