Richard Magrath

Helpful votes received on reviews: 57% (151 of 264)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,480,254 - Total Helpful Votes: 151 of 264
Evening's Empire: A History of the Night in Early &hellip by Craig Koslofsky
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I haven't reviewed any books on Amazon for years, but thought it was a shame that Koslofsky's masterful history of the night ("N-i-g-h-t night", I would find myself explaining to friends, as I cited yet more nuggets from the book for them) has only three stars. This is a brilliant book that well deserved to win the Longman-History Today prize, and I enjoyed it as much as I could have hoped for.

Is it difficult? In a couple of sections towards the end it does become a bit social-sciency - and I'm not sure it's a huge loss that drunken violence and robbery was forced out of the public sphere at night during the 17th-18th century - but this does not reflect the majority of the book… Read more
The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats by Richard J. Finneran
The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats by Richard J. Finneran
35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
I must be brief, as my lunch is dangerously close to completion, so here is my Yeats review condensed into a few points:
W.B. Yeats was the greatest poet of the 20th century, even if you only include the works he wrote after 1900.
Looking at his whole body of work, he was a genius and undoubtedly one of the great poets of literature.
Part of what makes him such a genius IMO is his range. At first Yeats seems to live up to how he is sketched - a modern-day (well, 20th century) romanticist with a love of mythology, etc. but then you keep reading and discover that his interests are much wider than just that.
Forget Jackson Pollack, Ernest Hemmingway, etc. - Yeats' life as a… Read more
A Storm In Heaven ~ The Verve
A Storm In Heaven ~ The Verve
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
First of all, A Storm in Heaven does not really sound anything at all like The Drugs Don't Work, or even Bittersweet Symphony. Richard Ashcroft doesn't exactly sound like you remember him sounding, either. In fact, he sounds a bit like Ian Brown at times, and so does this, the Verve's debut album - a trippier, less whimsical and '60s-influenced Roses however. A Storm in Heaven represents the evolution the Madchester four *should* have made.
Of course, it's perhaps a dead-end evolution, as if you join the dots from the electronica of New Order through the loose, baggy style of the Roses and then on through A Storm in Heaven, all that lies ahead is a sea of shoegazer music. Not that… Read more

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