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Enchanted Adornments by Cynthia Thornton
Enchanted Adornments by Cynthia Thornton
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit overhyped, 2 Nov 2011
I bought this book on the strength of the other reviews, but I am afraid I was disappointed. I was expecting far more beautiful, unusual, enchanting jewellery designs than there are. Whilt the designs are pretty, I didn't think they were that enchanting or unusual. I didn't get the story line running through the book - I didn't really see how the story tied in with the piece it illustrated and to me it has no place in this book. I would much rather have seem more inspiring ideas and techniques. A little bit about where the inspiration comes from is great and interesting, but the stories in here to me are a bit far fetched. As for the instructions how to make the examples, there is no info… Read more
First French Reader: A Beginner's Dual-Language Bo&hellip by Stanley Appelbaum
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Having been reasonably proficient in French many years ago I had a need to re-visit the language and I found this book very helpful in reminding me of many of the words, colloquial expressiona and grammar that I had mostly forgotten but lurked in some distant part of my memory, without being as dry and repetitive as conventional books. Learning the words and grammar through the stories put them into context and because they related to actual everyday situations I found them more easy to remember than by the more traditional methods. It also covered a bit of French culture and history which was interesting. If like me you need to "relearn" French or you have learnt basic French and want to… Read more
The Essential Victor Hugo (Oxford World's Classics&hellip by Victor Hugo
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book, 4 April 2010
Unfortunately I have not had time to read all of this book but from what I have read I found it very interesting. There is historical information about Victor Hugo and how his writing/poetry fitted into the political/social situation of the time and evolved in response to those situations plus circumstances in his personal life. Although my French is extremely rustic now I like the fact that the poems etc written by Hugo are presented in both their native French language and their English translation. Even though I understand only a little of the original French writing to me it more accurately reflects the feeling of the poems than the English translation, but the English translation also… Read more