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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a stunningly written coming-of-age story, which feels both familiar and exotic. Anyone who's ever tried to cheer up a depressed partner will empathise with its flawed, very ordinary hero. You long for yet another of Murakami's painterly, very Japanese landscape descriptions, yet know that the protagonists won't be able to enjoy the ethereal beauty around them. The old Japan with its repressive education system and chauvinist values is shown to coexist uneasily with the westernised, mutinous spirit of its 60s generation. Those unable to decide whether to withdraw into the country's duty-centred tradition or join its hedonistic rebel youth risk getting squashed. Not a novel to read… Read more
Oxbridge Entrance: The Real Rules by Elfi Pallis
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OXBRIDGE FOR ALL, 5 Mar 2013
I have recommended this guide to students for a number of years. It is very accessible and works even for those without any higher education background. Still, it clearly annoyed some hyper-competitive types, who have tried hard to bad-mouth it. Ignore them. Look inside. The book is beautifully written, as well as accurate. A must-buy for future Oxbridge applicants.
How to Get Into Oxbridge: A Comprehensive Guide to&hellip by Dr. Christopher See
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars FOR OVERSEAS STUDENTS, 13 Aug 2012
This book is aimed at overseas students, judging by some of its advice. Telling applicants to be "humble" and write neatly and in large print if they want a good teachers' reference is of no use here. UK assessment methods moved on from this fifty years ago. The author also puts too much emphasis on extra-curriculars, claiming that one applicant got into Oxbridge thanks to having trained in his free time as a swimming pro. Both universities have made it amply clear that they don't award points for such activities.

I was most concerned about the college advice. This is made to appear scientific by its table format, but is actually not very good. For a start, students are advised… Read more