Jeremy Walton

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Acoustic Classics ~ Richard Thompson
Acoustic Classics ~ Richard Thompson
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5.0 out of 5 stars For whose sake?, 25 July 2014
Richard Thompson comes at you in two configurations: electric with his band, and acoustic on his own. For this set, he adopts the latter persona and selects a dozen or so songs from his extensive back catalogue to lay down for us all. He's an accomplished acoustic guitarist, and has performed these songs countless times in his solo shows, so this is a collection of assured readings which will be of interest both to fans who - like me - already have several versions of this material, and to people who perhaps would like a gentle introduction to his art, and/or a souvenir from one of his acoustic shows (he tours extensively, and is currently playing acoustically at UK summer… Read more
A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople - From &hellip by Patrick Leigh Fermor
4.0 out of 5 stars It's better to travel, 16 July 2014
I bought this remarkable travelogue as a Christmas present for my son-in-law, who enjoyed it so much that he recommended I read it. It's an account of the adventures of a young man as he walks across Europe in the early 1930's from the Hook of Holland as far as the Czechoslovakia-Hungary border (subsequent volumes Between the Woods and the Water and The Broken Road continue his journey on to Constantinople). The author has a keen eye for details, and his memories of some of them have been reinforced by the diary he kept on the trip. But the eye is worthless without the… Read more
Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family by Thomas Mann
I bought this novel around the time of my first visit to Hamburg (the author was born up the road from there in Lubeck, and this novel is set in a lightly fictionalized version of that town), but it remained on my shelves - to my prejudiced eye, weighty, forbidding and Germanic - for more than twenty years, until I took it down prior to another visit to Hamburg last week. Part of my vacillation was due to the knowledge that it was a book which was explicitly cited as the main reason its author was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1929, and that he was only 27 when it was published in 1901. Having read it, I now realize all that trepidation was entirely misplaced.

This is a… Read more

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