Brian Smith

Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (49 of 68)
Location: Hong Kong
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I adore the Latin language and love reading things in Latin. I have been using Latin with my son since he was born and now - age three - he is quite good at it. His favourite books are Tres Mures Caeci and Puer Zingiberi Panis.
My own favourites are… Read more


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Hobbitus Ille: The Latin Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Hobbitus Ille: The Latin Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid, 23 Sep 2012
Of all the fantasy books I've read, the Hobbit is one of the best.
J.R.R. Tolkien takes a nice, quiet creature such as a hobbit and creates an exciting, enchanting, and all around enjoyable adventure, complete with horrible monsters, fire breathing dragons, dark forests, Elven castles, dwarves, giant spiders, and breath taking battles.
And along the story you get to know the characters, as if its not a book but an adventure with friends. From the moment you start reading the book Tolkien's special style captures the imagination, making you want to keep reading it to the very end.
The Latin translation is excellent. Far from being a dry translation it captures the emotive… Read more
Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore (Italian Edition) by Luigi Pirandello
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 29 Jun 2012
A very nice example of entertaining Italian drama that helps to practise Italian in a fun way. The language is pleasant to read and provides few difficulties. SEI Personaggi in Cerca D'Autore
Hitler, the Germans, and the Final Solution by Ian Kershaw
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 27 Jun 2012
An excellent number of essays on the topics the title of the book promises. To understand what happened it is important to start at the beginning of things. This may sound trivial but too many people start with the war and the holocaust, shake their heads and say they don't understand. It is better to start with the ideological background from the 19. century and then proceed via WW1 and the twenties to let events unfold on step at a time. Two very important primary sources are Hitler's Mein Kampf and Rosenberg's The Myth of the 20th Century.

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