Gregory J. Pitty

Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (37 of 48)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 176,987 - Total Helpful Votes: 37 of 48
Ida [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Agata Kulesza
Ida [DVD] DVD ~ Agata Kulesza
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not a review at all but rather a few simple comments. The evocation of grey, cold, flat, dirty, decaying, cloistered, suspicious, vodka-riven, Catholic, Communist 60's Poland in beautiful monochrome! The legacy of the war - I'll show you where they are buried if you give up all claim to the house. Praying by the field at the ubiquitous roadside shrine. It would have been a slow journey had they stopped at every one. They'd still be going and Ida would be the world's oldest Novitiate. Eastern European hip culture on the cusp of the Beatles. The stultifying inevitability of Communist life among the young. When the very progressive Lis asks Ida to come with him on the road to his next… Read more
The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
9 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An utter waste of time., 19 April 2014
My edition boasts on its back cover that this text is in the tradition of Bernhard Schlink (The Reader) and Rachel Sieffert (The Dark Room). Nothing could be further from the truth, and such an erroneous comparison has me scratching me head in disbelief. The field marriage premise was a promising one, but it oh so rapidly - and vapidly - degenerated into something so utterly implausible, with such blandly sterotypical good / bad characters that I really struggled to complete it. Only the masochist in me kept me going. This is nothing but World War II sanitised chic-lit, relying on a liberal sprinkling of banal swear words, uttered by our warrior heroes, in an effort to keep the reading… Read more
A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli
A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli
3.0 out of 5 stars Too sparse, 27 Feb 2014
The writing is far too sparse and lacking in the literary devices needed to evoke a deeper, darker imagery which could have lifted it to the level of Roy Jacobsen's The Burnt out Town of Miracles.