Eleanor Clare
Top Reviewer Ranking: 125
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (3,896 of 4,495)
Location: UK
In My Own Words:
Writing book reviews has proved a useful way of remembering what I've read - then I extended this habit to films.

Membership of several book groups (in both English and French) dictates my reading to some extent, and has certainly led me to enjoy or admire many books I would have rejected out of hand.

Otherwise, I use book award shortlists and newspaper/radio reviews to guide my choice of read… Read more

On the book front: modern literature, historical fiction, crime and psychological thrillers, biography, the classics, travel, current affairs - political, economic, social issues, French fiction. Although wary of books in translation, I have realise… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 125 - Total Helpful Votes: 3896 of 4495
Au Bon Beurre Ou Dix Ans De La Vie d'UN Cremier (F&hellip by Luc Dutourd
This cynical satire reveals the opportunism and greed which explain many people's willing cooperation with the Nazis under occupation in wartime France. Homesick for Paris, and readily convinced that the Germans are "decent" people, Charles-Hubert and Julie Poissonard return to their creamery, which also sells groceries, and set about stock-piling food to sell at exorbitant prices when rationing comes into force. Industrious but ruthless, they survive a few minor setbacks like being caught watering the milk, to end the war as millionaires laden with tasteless luxuries - a baby grand pianola, stuffed stag's head, leather-bound collections of unread books together with shelves of… Read more
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Exhausted, sick, and starving Aussie servicemen forced to watch the brutal beating of a colleague in a Japanese wartime prison camp distanced themselves from the horror by focusing on their next inadequate meal, or the feast they might one day enjoy again back home. In the same way, the reader often has to switch off from Flanagan's unrelenting portrayal of the cruelty and squalor of life for those slaving on the Burma railway. Since the author's own father was one of the slave labourers, the book must be based on first person anecdotes, although the violence sometimes seems overdone, as when a man already at death's door is flogged for what seems like hours but somehow survives… Read more
Boyhood [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Patricia Arquette
Boyhood [Blu-ray] Blu-ray ~ Patricia Arquette
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding oneself, 16 July 2014
The justifiably highly praised American film "Boyhood" reminds me of the BBC "Seven Up" series which featured a wide variety of characters every seven years to see how they developed. "Boyhood" was twelve years in the making, capturing aspects of a fictional boy's growing up between the ages of six and eighteen, using a cast of the same actors who are seen to be ageing over time.

Mason is a quiet, dreamy boy, upstaged by his bright, extrovert sister, played by the director Linklater's own daughter. His mother is a young single parent, desperately trying to "bring her kids up right, his father a charismatic ne'er-do-well who genuinely loves his children and makes an effort to… Read more

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