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Cassandra's Dream [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Hayley Atwell
Cassandra's Dream [DVD] DVD ~ Hayley Atwell
Don't really understand the terrible reviews this film has had. A sweaty little moral dilemma thriller, with good acting.
The Diary of a Provincial Lady (Penguin Modern Cla&hellip by E.M. Delafield
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Thing, 19 May 2014
Why have I never read this before? Simple - I'm a man, and everything about the book's exterior - title, cover, blurb - suggests that this is a Woman's Book. It's not, it's for anyone who loves self-deprecating English humorous writing. If you like EF Benson - this is better. It's the diary, in four volumes, of an upper middle-class Provincial Lady (we never learn her name) and the vicissitudes of her life with servants, neighbours (Lady Boxe, reminiscent of one of Wodehouse's Aunts), husband (wonderfully subtle depiction of this relationship) and, later, wartime colleagues in London (Pussy Winter-Gammon is a genuinely great comic figure). Written in the 30's and (the wartime volume)… Read more
To Ireland, I by Paul Muldoon
To Ireland, I by Paul Muldoon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Game of Phones, 19 April 2014
Irish! School in Dublin in the Sixties - 20 years-a-growing. Peig Sayers going Ocone,ochone. Eisirt (grrr) and Murphy agus a bloody Chairde on the telly. I never got the hang of it but Prof Muldoon speaks it and knows all sorts about Irish language literature. This book is the script of 4 lectures in which he runs through some of the big beasts of Irish writing and shows how they refer to themes in various Irish language works of previous centuries. Personally I don't believe half of it but it's good fun. If you believe him, just about every word in "The Dead" refers to something else in some eighteenth century vision-voyage or other. Knowing Joyce, of course, this could well be… Read more