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Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith
Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Although the Ripley books were written decades ago, they portray a world that still seems modern, although in this one, Tom Ripley has a really bad time with the 1950s French telephone system! Patricia Highsmith makes Ripley's decisions to commit murder seem so reasonable. She keeps up the suspense as Ripley faces several imminent threats of discovery, while never really being free of suspicion. A good sequel to The Talented Mr Ripley.
The Rough Guide to Germany (Rough Guide to...) by Neville Walker
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Rough Guide to Germany was one of the first books to take a new look at this enigmatic country. It threw out the old prejudices and explored and appreciated the real modern Germany for the incredibly attractive place it now is. Gordon MacLachlan set the standard originally. This edition falls back on the old tourist cliches a bit, but it is still a great guide to a great country.
Fast German with Elisabeth Smith Ebook (Fast Langu&hellip by Elisabeth Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Right For Me, 3 July 2012
I already knew some basics of German, and had tried learning properly several times. This book is pitched at just the right level to get me going again, and happily encourages the learner to plough on ignoring gender and case and the relevant word endings at the beginning. The theory is that any German will understand you even if you are being cavalier with just about every word ending. And it's true: I explained in English to a waiter and bookseller in Cologne that I was learning German and would they bear with me, and they loved it!