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Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memor&hellip by Evelyn Waugh
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 29 May 2012
All that should be said about this book has probably been said in the other reviews. Suffice it to say that it is a beautifully written and well-crafted novel and succeeds at every level, not least as a memoire of a bygone age that continues to fascinate.
She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Eli&hellip by Helen Castor
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 29 May 2012
This book is gripping from beginning to end - a genuine page-turner, and I have had a number of unintended late nights because I was so reluctant to put it down. This is unusual for a history book and a tribute to the very readable and exciting presentation by the author of what might otherwise be a dry and erudite subject.

The histories of the four queens are in many respects a revelation. Like most people, I had a cursory but largely misguided knowledge of them, particularly Eleanor and Margaret, courtesy of Shakespeare and other dramas such as the Lion in Winter, but I had no idea of the power and authority that these women actually wielded.

The premise in the… Read more
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Wordsworth Classics) by Oscar Wilde
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story, but ..., 26 May 2012
This is the first time that I have read anything of Oscar Wilde, other than his multitude of witty and sometimes incisive epigrams. I suppose that I was expecting great literature but, in this respect, it was sadly disappointing. The story is good but, as it is so well known, was hardly gripping and the bulk of the writing is (boringly) devoted to the self-indulgent philosophies of the main characters, namely Dorian Gray himself and his mentor Lord Henry, both of whom are deeply flawed. For me, the novel just represents an opportunity for Wilde to express his own thoughts and philosophies and to reflect his fixation with aristocracy, the upper classes and the idle rich in general. I have… Read more

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