R. L. Delisser

Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (24 of 33)
Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 292,698 - Total Helpful Votes: 24 of 33
Death In The Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway
Death In The Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway
4.0 out of 5 stars Ole.., 13 April 2013
I've just been to my first bullfight, thought it graceful, brutal, balletic, macho, exquisite, bloody, yet had no idea what it was all about. I bought this book, about which I'd heard much, hoping to find out. The pictures alone are compelling. It was written in 1939 before horses were protected by padding so in Hemingway's time, the horse would die first. It looked a far more primitive and riskier business that it did in Seville last month. I think I regret the passing of the real-ness of it all but not of the pain all concerned must have experienced at different points in the performances.
It is odd that a developed country like Spain still allows bullfights to continue and yet… Read more
The History of Tong Church, College, and Castle by G. H. Boden
3.0 out of 5 stars Ding dong Tong..., 13 April 2013
Somewhat dense - I can say that because this is my great grandfather writing about the place he loved. His name is on a wall in the church. I bought it because I think a copy should be in the family, not because I could bear to read it! I'm a bad person I know....
The Making Of West Side Story [DVD] [2005] <b>DVD</b> ~ Leonard Bernstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Lennie...., 4 Dec 2012
OK so the quality isn't so great if that matters to you but this is a fabulous bit of peeking on a maestro at work. The music is yummy and Tatiana Troyanos' voice is so rich and fruity and lush with all the power of a real woman within it, you get the feeling that she is holding back and that if she got cross, she could wipe the floor with everyone else in the room. Just gorgeous. But of course Bernstein is the star, as it should be. I am a little bit in love with him if only because he wrote 'America' - you can hear what a work of genius it is - and 'I Have a Love' which reduced me to a puddle, mainly because of Troyanos. It is a sensational score and the orchestra rips it up,… Read more