D. M. Purkiss

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3.0 out of 5 stars Grit in the eye, 8 July 2014
Ok, I know I'm in an old-age minority, but while I did finish this, I did so without enthusiasm. Hazel and Gus failed to overcome my built-in allergy to teens with cancer stories. I did not shed a tear or even mist up.

It wasn't so much their super-cool way of talking as the utter, grim banality of what they said. “Maybe 'okay' will be our 'always” “The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives. I wondered if that was sort of the point of architecture.” “Pain is like fabric: The stronger it is, the more it’s worth.”

If you like the sound of this voice, do read on… Read more
Friends (1971) Lewis Gilbert, Sean Bury, Anicee Al&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Lewis Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars The past, 26 Feb 2014
Interesting.. I saw this when I was 14, and it made a profound impression on me. It was liberating, in the best sense. The opening is very dated, but once we are in the Camargue it's less so, more timeless, and very charming, frank, and truthful.

The reason this film wouldn't be made now is that it shows sex between minors, one of them only 14 (and a alf, as she keeps saying). Presumably this also explains the lack of a DVD release outside the Far East. This is of course honest, and realistic, but god help the producer who tried to show this now.
Tales of the German Imagination from the Brothers &hellip by Peter Wortsman
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant collection, 11 May 2013
I enjoyed every one of these stories. Sometimes macabre and even disturbing, and sometimes bursting with inventiveness, they were all richly rewarding, though for me the standouts were Kafka's harrowing - literally - In the Penal Colony, and Ingeborg Bachmann's astonishing fairytale, both of them elegantly translated. warmly recommended, especially for people who don't know German fiction writers well; this should introduce many wonderful writers to new audiences.