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Songs of the Spanish Civil War ~ Ramon Lopez
1.0 out of 5 stars It shall not pass, 30 Sep 2013
These might once have been recognisable as songs of the Spanish Civil War but have undergone a hideous transformation into toneless avant-garde screeching in which any hint of a tune or lyrics is practically undetectable. Embarrassingly, I bought this as a present for a student of the period thinking the title was an accurate description of the contents and had never actually heard it until Amazon sent me a free download, which after 35 seconds went straight in the recycling bin. I had to ring the recipient to apologise. Awful almost beyond words: the reference won't mean much to most people these days, but Henry Reed's "Hilda Tablet" is the pithiest evocation I can summon up.
The Small Hand: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If there is any supernatural mystery about The Small Hand (the only reason I didn't guess the ending was because I'd long since given up caring what happened in the end, and made it to the final page only from grim determination to justify the 40p library fine incurred for keeping it so long while I struggled through it) it's how Susan Hill managed to stretch what ought more properly to have been a 20-page short story, probably written in the 1930s by an inept imitator of Algernon Blackwood, into a novella. Almost every supposedly significant plot point - the journey to France in search of a First Folio, the appearance of the old lady at the deserted house, the 'spectral' photograph - is… Read more
Suffering from Cheerfulness: Poems and Parodies fr&hellip by Malcolm Brown
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Despite the blurb and the name of Ian Hislop prominent on the cover, don't expect a barrel of laughs: not because there was nothing to raise a smile in the trenches, but largely because the Wipers Times, and its various alter egos as the front shifted about, clearly suffered from a dearth of genuinely humorous material, as the editor's frequent pleas for copy make clear. I heartily endorsed his request - evidently ignored - for less poetry; with the exception of a couple of clever pieces by Gilbert Frankau and a heartbreakingly human and brilliant poem by an unnamed medical officer in which the shell-torn poplars lining the roads of Flanders stand as metaphors for the broken bodies he… Read more

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