T. Hyde

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Lucky Jim (Penguin Modern Classics) by Kingsley Amis
4.0 out of 5 stars Rightfully a classic, 2 Feb 2011
Lucky Jim has lost none of its relevance. It is a first-class comic novel with that essential ingredient: bitter-sweet reality. The contrived happy ending dates somewhat, but all in all, a thoroughly entertaining read.
Ausgewaehlte Schriften by Heinrich von Kleist
Ausgewaehlte Schriften by Heinrich von Kleist
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going, 29 Aug 2010
I bought this book after hearing a discussion about von Kleist on the radio. The critics were full of praise: 'underated', 'a giant figure of German letters', excellent story teller', etc. etc. My German wife, who had read von Kleist at school warned me I wouldn't like it. I didn't like it.

The language is achaic, repetitive and self-consciously academic. Sometimes a sentence fills a whole page in a veritable orgy of subordinate clauses (Germans call them 'Schachtelsätze'). I read modern German fluently, but I had great trouble deciphering a lot of the text in this book. Having said that, I do recognise von Kleist's skill in structuring a story and developing a plot… Read more
The Faber Book of Beasts by Paul Muldoon
The Faber Book of Beasts by Paul Muldoon
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dipper's delight, 29 Aug 2010
This is a set book for an Open University course that starts in September. Never did a set book give me so much pleasure. I read at least one poem a day and it's always a delight. The poems are among the best our literature has to offer; all styles, all ages. The animals do not dominate. I often forget that there is an animal somewhere in the poem. If I have one gripe it is that the editors offer no explanations of achaic or dialect words. For example, anyone who is unfamiliar with the Scots language will have trouble with some of Robert Burns' texts.