Mr. M. Herbert

Helpful votes received on reviews: 53% (25 of 47)
Location: Scotland uk


Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,074,177 - Total Helpful Votes: 25 of 47
War and Peace: Original Version by Leo Tolstoy
There is little more to add to the already very substantial collection of superlatives already acquired by this author and this book. Classic in every possible way, it is highly readable. It draws the reader into the world of Tsarist Russia at the time of Napoleon. It interweaves around true moments, particularly battles such as Austerlitz and Borodino . It deals with the French aggression at this period and demonstrates so well just how the overpowering, fawning, sycophancy of those in imperialist Russia pervaded all society. It follows a group of disparate fictional characters, who in turn mingle with real personalities and how the threats of invasion of their country, including the… Read more
Under The Skin [Blu-ray] [2014] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Scarlett Johansson
Under The Skin [Blu-ray] [2014] Blu-ray ~ Scarlett Johansson
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wow, this really is an awkward film ! I read many reviews before seeing it and thankfully these helped me to grasp what was going on. This is an extremely subtle film. Very well shot, using members of the public, hidden cameras and (to Scots at least) familiar landscapes and characters. Johansson is - expectedly - a class act. Few could carry the gravitas of this part as she. The film prompts the viewer to constantly think about whats happening, "where is it taking me?" The horror of an individual, an alien we presume, without any understanding of emotion, of feeling, insensitive, without social awareness or social skills, is brought graphically to the screen. Just watch the… Read more
Ivan's War: The Red Army at War 1939-45: Inside Th&hellip by Catherine Merridale
This is a superb book. Very easy to read, not repetitive, not a standard war story book. It describes in a clear, yet moving way, the true reasons behind Russian stoicism during and indeed before and since, World War 2. The conditions which prevailed upon Soviet citizens in Stalins (and post revolutionary) Russia, are graphically described. The reader is taken through the war as it affected Russia and follows the Red Army from Moscow to Berlin, with each step of the journey affecting the ordinary soldier in an increasingly traumatic way. The hardships of life at home pale into insignificance compared to life at the front. The hunger, shortages, thefts, violence, risks, demands and abuse… Read more

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