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Les Enfants Terribles (Vintage Crucial Classics) by Jean Cocteau
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 21 May 2006
Although it took me a few pages to warm to Cocteau's ocasioanlly overdone prose, there is no denying the power of this novella.

Paul and Lise play "The Game" brilliantly, and follow it to a conclusion that in less sure hands would be melodramic but stays with you after reading.

Cocteau understands the mindset of children- perhaps people in geneal- on a fundamental level and has written a superb lttle book.
Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Marquez, 23 Mar 2004
Having tried Marquez after hearing "Love in the Time of Cholera" on the superb channel 4 series "The Book Group", I soon saw why he won the Nobel Prize for literature.

His lyrical style has developed during his career and Living to Tell The Tale is as well written as anything he has done before. He makes everything in his life seem beautiful, and the life itself is certainly an interesting one.

Always honest, Marquez manages to convey his passions for writing, politics and women in a way you can't help loving.
In short, if you like Marquez- or even if you've never heard of him and simply appreciate a master wordsmith- buy this book
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This book starts with one of the most striking first lines of all time but is not the most accessible book you'll ever read.
Persevere, though. The story will grip you, I can virtually guarantee it. Orwell creates a truly believable world that retains the power to terrify even now that the cold war is dead and buried, and you find yourself praying for Winston to succeed even while realising that he won't. That is the secret of Orwell's success: he can keep you hooked even though you know Winston cannot win.
My one gripe with this book is the book supposedly written by a rebel. The ideas are good, but the makes everything drag a little and temporarily stops the narrative flow… Read more

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