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Heartland by Neil Cross
Heartland by Neil Cross
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A recommendation, 15 Mar 2006
In contrast to the previous reviewers I found Heartland a thoroughly engaging and sensitively written book, exposing the destructive forces an upbringing devoid of true love and betrayal by adults can have on a developing adolescent.
The book cover labels Derek Cross a 'monster', and this is perhaps misleading if some readers are expecting a tale which turns on domestic violence or abuse. There is nothing like this in the story and the publishers, not the author, should be blamed if some readers have happened upon this book with misconceptions. But Derek's impact on the life of his step-son leaves him equally as mixed-up and self-destructive as physical aggression… Read more
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Cloud Atlas takes some reading.
Each section in the first half starts unpromisingly and you'll struggle through the first dozen or so pages of each section wonderingly if it's really worth the effort. But then you'll become so attached to the characters and the narrative drive that you'll be compelled to read on and find each section more gripping that its predecessor.
Well, except the section entitled 'An Orison of Sonmi-451' which has the least direction and could easily have been truncated.
Having said this I found the second half of the book frankly to be a disappointment. I relished returning to the characters I'd so enjoyed the… Read more
Orphee [1950] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jean Marais
Orphee [1950] [DVD] DVD ~ Jean Marais
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bees in a Glass Hive, 23 July 2004
I remember first seeing Orphee at the Everyman Cinema in London sometime during 1986 and being completely blown away by it! In this age of sterile CGI effects, Cocteau's masterwork is still refreshingly eye-popping with its array of dazzling 'analog' visual set-pieces. The poet-director uses back-projection, reverse-camera tricks, sets built on their sides, etc to create a stunning and mesmerising depiction of a man's (literal) descent into hell. Like no other film before or since-- and more audacious than the critically favoured La Belle et Le Bete-- Orphee is long overdue its release on DVD.