R. E. Booth

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 68% (55 of 81)
Location: Spain


Top Reviewer Ranking: 416,340 - Total Helpful Votes: 55 of 81
The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Med&hellip by Cyprian Broodbank
5 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Cyprian Broadbank should learn to write adequate E English or find someone who can to turn his horribly complicated and incomprehensible gobbledygook into the fascinating history it should have been. What it had to say was fascinating and thought provoking but it is maddeningly ill expressed, so much so that it takes real determination and a profound interest in the subject to endure the jargon, the overlong , over complicated sentences. There is also a use of jargon which is rather unattractive. To have finiished this work argues a degree of endurance of which one can only be proud. Please will someone, sometime take the content of this farrago and make a proper book of it..
This Rough Magic (Mary Stewart Modern Classics) by Mary Stewart
One c need not review anything by Mary Stewart. Her work is classic and many if not all contemporary writers might do well to follow her example, beautiful tightly constructed plots, excellent characterisation, enormous pace and excellent fast moving dialogue. Modern writers seem slovenly by comparison when they attempt the same genre.
Life in a Victorian Household by Pamela Horn
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very one sided, 2 Feb 2014
The title of this book is misleading. It deals entirely with domestic service in the nineteenth century, but has very little to say about the employers of these servants. It is a one dimensional version of a very complex subject and consequently rather dull. There are other books which deal with this topic in a much more rational and far more interesting fashion

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