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The Mayor of Casterbridge (Penguin Classics) by Thomas Hardy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 13 Jun 2008
As per the previous reviewer it is very disappointing to see so few reviews for Hardy on amazon. This is an excellent book with great characters and plot line. Henchard's flawed character is brilliantly drawn. I thought about this book for a long time afterwards. It is such a pity that Hardy's novel writing career was cut short following the publication of Jude.
The Wind That Shakes The Barley  (Two Disc Special&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Cillian Murphy
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Irish Perspective, 1 April 2008
I have to say I enjoyed this film immensely. I thought it brilliantly portrayed the struggle at the time and commend Ken Loach for tackling such a sensitive subject matter. The Black and Tans were notorious for their atrocities and we all grew up in Ireland listening to stories about them. They ransacked my Great-Grandparents' house and torched neighbouring villages. I am aware that they had come back from appalling world war one trench conditions and do realise that they were victims of the establishment in Britain at that time. Ken Loach could perhaps have considered that but the fact remains that their treatment of the Irish was for the most part brutal and ultimately he is telling an… Read more
The New Faber Book of Love Poems by James Fenton
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I have not read poetry since my school days but found this book absolutley delightful. It truly is a gem with great classics like Shakespeare's sonnets, Keats and Yates. It is also a great introduction to modern poetry too. I really liked John Fuller's poems (particularly Valentine) and will definetly read more of his work in the future. I highly recommend this book and it has definetly recaptured my love of poetry.

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