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Jamaica Inn [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jessica Brown Findlay
Jamaica Inn [DVD] DVD ~ Jessica Brown Findlay
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
So, BBC embraces mumblecore...just a bit of a pity they chose the tightly plotted drama so expertly written by Daphne du Maurier as their petri dish. I didn't, all in all, find all that much difficulty following the dialogue (did I see a different version or something?) but then I'm an avid fan of The Wire, and so have been well prepared for hard-to-understand dialogue. But I kept wondering, throughout, why they'd felt it necessary to mess about with the story quite so much. It's not as if du Maurier's heroine wasn't already headstrong, plucky, feminist and independent. It's certainly not as if the original story lacked heaps of drama and suspense and great characters. I think maybe they… Read more
Young Man with a Horn (New York Review Books Class&hellip by Gary Giddins
I picked up this book on the strength of the back blurb and the reviews, and I'm glad I did. There's a style, and a tone, about the way "Young Man with a Horn" is written, that stands notably out from the crowd, even at the distance of so many years. Her confident, slightly quirky authorial voice keeps you reading. The book immerses you in the full swing of the Jazz Age, much as "Mad Men" does in 1950s and 60s New York - to the point where it no longer really matters exactly what type of music was being played during the period she writes about, or what you yourself think about it: it's how the music made everyone feel that got them all steamed up. Even in the late 1950s the kids were still… Read more
Red Harvest (CRIME MASTERWORKS) by Dashiell Hammett
Red Harvest (CRIME MASTERWORKS) by Dashiell Hammett
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Hardboiled" detective fiction in its more recent guises doesn't do much for me: I find James Ellroy's world grotesquely gory, for example. Hammett's detection fiction glitters darkly, with its exposees of corruption and amorality, but don't mistake the machine-gun dialogue and femmes fatales for some kind of Jessica Rabbit cartoon: the world of fictional city Personville in "Red Harvest" is owned and run by some of the nastiest, most amoral people around. Just because the jugular lacerations and blood spatter aren't lovingly described doesn't mean you don't emerge, at the end, somewhat shellshocked after all the death and destruction, just another baffled civilian, not included in the… Read more