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Persuasion (Penguin Classics)
Persuasion (Penguin Classics)
by Jane Austen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her greatest work, 27 May 2003
Less well-known than "Emma", "Pride and Prejudice" or "Sense and Sensibility", this is an absolute gem of a novel, and my favourite of all of Jane Austen's works. It has all the flair and comic brio of her other, more celebrated work, but a sadness and delicacy of tone that elevates it to a different level. Anne is a magnificent character, with an intelligence steeped in experience coupled with a good and true heart, and is at the centre of a novel that offers absolutely everything that you could wish for in a novel. Perfect. Absolutely perfect.
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Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Modern Classics)
Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Stella Gibbons
Edition: Paperback

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC FUN, 27 May 2003
The equivalent of comfort food, a long bath, a glass of wine and a night in with a video. This is a very funny, occasionally very clever and light-hearted novel: moral in a sense and unashamedly comic in its concerns and message.
It flags in places and the tone isn't sustained throughout, but a nice bit of satire and definitely worth a read.


Black Mischief (Penguin Modern Classics)
Black Mischief (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Evelyn Waugh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

16 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great author. Dreadful novel., 27 May 2003
I thought this was a terrible book. All political considerations aside (as far as one ever can do that), this is a badly written, unfunny and over-long novel from a novelist whom I normally find brilliantly entertaining, acute and enjoyable.
It's accepted by most readers that Waugh's output was patchy (some people can't stand "Brideshead Revisited", others go white at the idea of "The Sword of Honour" trilogy): and to me, this is the low point in Waugh's oeuvre. If you haven't read them, go for the flawless "Decline and Fall", "Scoop", "Vile Bodies" and "The Loved One". If you're hoping that "Black Mischief" will live up to those, then I (although I appear to be a lone voice) would suggest that you'll be very, very disappointed by this piece.
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"A Midsummer Nights Dream" (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series)
"A Midsummer Nights Dream" (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series)
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.06

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific edition of a perfect play, 23 May 2003
There's nothing that you can write about "A Midsummer Night's Dream" that could hope to convey the glory, the comedy and the intelligence of the play.
What you can hope to convey in this kind of a review is that this edition is the only one worth buying for serious study, with an excellent introduction.


"Antony and Cleopatra" (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series)
"Antony and Cleopatra" (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series)
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.27

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly powerful, 23 May 2003
To me, "Antony and Cleopatra" is up there with "Hamlet", "King Lear" and "As You Like It" at the peak of achievement. As a meditation on age, perception vs. reality and obsession it cannot be beaten, and the force and beauty of the writing (if you haven't read or heard Enobarbus' "The barge she sat in..." speech, then you have no idea how astounding our langauge is) is unparalleled. Do read it: it is simply magnificent.


Revenge
Revenge
by Stephen Fry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.91

194 of 223 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Stars Tennis Ball's by Another Name, 23 April 2003
This review is from: Revenge (Paperback)
...and that's the extent of the review, really.
Perhaps it was dim of me, but as a long-time fan of Mr. Fry's work, I got all hot under the collar at the idea of a new novel from him. In fact, it is a re-titled (for the American market) edition of "The Stars' Tennis Balls": which is good, but not great and you can find heavily reviewed on this site elsewhere. God bless.


Classic Bull: An Accidental Restaurateur's Cookbook
Classic Bull: An Accidental Restaurateur's Cookbook
by Stephen Bull
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless, 9 Jan 2003
Every recipe cries out to be cooked (and somewhat rarely, I find, is a feasible suggestion: no "Find a hand-reared pig from teh planes of Lombardy" type stuff here) and every one that I have doen has produced disproportionate reward: simply delicious.
I am a competent (but no more than that) cook: and this is the book that I turn to for every occasion on which I want to appear to have made an effort for and don't want to be cooking something that everyone else has been poring over in their Jamie Oliver books (not that I'm knocking him).
Do try this book: it's a combination of inspiration and achievability that is all too rare.


The Divine Comedy (Everyman's Library Classics)
The Divine Comedy (Everyman's Library Classics)
by Dante Alighieri
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

27 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable, 7 Jan 2003
Read it for its own merits - which are numerous.
But also read it to understand the myriad of references that you will have stumbled across uncomprehendingly in your reading to date.
It is a magnificent feat of imagination, of scholarship and of faith and one of the few books that can genuinely be said to stand unrivalled.


Don Giovanni [VHS]
Don Giovanni [VHS]
VHS
Offered by watsonsinc
Price: £11.95

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless, 7 Jan 2003
This review is from: Don Giovanni [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Not only is this the best production of "Don Giovanni" that I have ever seen; it is the best opera production that I have ever seen and (even) one of the best films in any genre I have seen.
Mozart's greatest opera, directed by the magnificent Joseph Losey - it's hard to imagine how it could go wrong, but factor into this the fact that the film looks simply stunning: it is set in the Palladian villas around a mist-shrouded Venice and costumed in elaborate black and white.
And the cast is straight out of an opera lovers' dreams: Raimondi, Berganza, Van Dam, Moser and Te Kanawa exhaust superlatives (even if Teresa Berganza looks a little long in the tooth to play the fresh-faced Zerlina) and act as well as they sing: a rare thing in opera.
I cannot commend this highly enough: I first saw it over twenty years ago and it remains fresh, exciting and exhilarating. I am by no means an "opera buff" but this is an experience that cannot be missed. It will stay with you forever.


The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Ford Madox Ford
Edition: Paperback

36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple greatness, 8 Nov 2002
This deceptively simple, heart-breaking story will change the way you think about novels, writing and the canon of English literature. It is a masterpiece of the first order: simply told by a narrator who frequently doubts his ability to tell his own story it is a study of sadness and loss that is as near to "The Great Gatsby" as anything written in this country. It should not be missed under any circumstances: the reward of reading it is enormous.


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