Helena

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 98% (53 of 54)
Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
 

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The Hittites: A Civilization That Changed the Worl&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Cuneyt Turel
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good buy, 4 Jun 2011
I am probably what you would call a reasonably educated member of the general public, reasonably versed in basics of world history (I am Chinese by origin and have received a normal western-oriented education) and reasonably curious about great civilisations - both the ones that have vanished and others that are still with us today. That the Hittites were one of the many great civilisations that once occupied the central Anatolian plains, and that in their long history they once had some quarrel with Rameses II which somehow ended up in a draw on the battlefield in a place named Kadesh ... well - that sums up everything I knew about them! Approaching this film then, with all the right… Read more
Goodbye to All That (Essential Penguin) by Robert Graves
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flamboyant Masterpiece, 10 Aug 2000
I have always thought this book is vintage Graves: sentimental, varied in tone, boisterous at times, proving him an absolute genius with words and most of all, an incurable romantic. Among other contemporary prose classics of the war: clear-headed Sassoon, ethereal Blunden and, if you like, earth-bound Manning, Graves' book is probably the most charming, the most "fun" (insofar as a book about WWI could be fun) of all. At the time the book was published in 1929, both Blunden and Sassoon reacted violently against the fabricated passages in Graves' narrative which they found offensive. To Graves, however, it was not the faithful recording of actual events, but depiction of the… Read more
A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr
A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful, 10 Aug 2000
This book is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful I have ever read. It is deceptively simple and delightfully slow-paced, full of Lawrence-like depictions of a vanished pastoral landscape. The focal points are a casual and peculiar friendship between two war-scarred, shell-shocked men and just a barely discernible hint of a female love interest. In a book barely 100 pages long, the author not only manages to give us a story that flows like a stream, but also achieves stunning characterisation, bitter indictment of war and a corresponding celebration of peace, a little suspense, and even a twist in the tail. An exemplary study in subtlety.

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