Thea Karass

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (23 of 29)
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 903,098 - Total Helpful Votes: 23 of 29
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite writing, 11 May 2013
Having read this on my Kindle, I have just ordered in hardback - to read again, and keep for the long term.

A treatise on love and pain, it is elegant and shocking.

The construction is brilliant - history, metaphor, present.

What a writer, what a man.
The Quickening by Julie Myerson
The Quickening by Julie Myerson
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Julie, 21 April 2013
I'm a dedicated fan, and will be forever grateful for 'Living with Teenagers', while Laura Blundy is one of my all-time favourite novels. I will read whatever Julie publishes.

I know this story was a departure for her, an experiment with a different form.

But for me, it should have stayed as just that - an unpublished experimental manuscript, to be recycled into something good at a future date.

This story was wooden, the details left sloppy (no-one can get married in a couple of days) and neither the characters nor their perambulation through the scenes were remotely credible, or interesting.

Ok, there's an unexpected twist - but by that time I… Read more
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand out stuff, 21 April 2013
From a ready-stuffed Kindle, primed for an enforced period of convalescence, this work stood up head and shoulders above the rest.

It provided a good couple of days' worth of old fashioned thought-provoking engagement and enjoyment, as well as a lasting sense of having attempted to say something important - about life, and curiously - about the experience of reading. For me, its concept and treatment succeeded on many levels,

It made me reflect on our 'fast food' tendencies as readers - we love to consume, we love things to be complicated but to work out in the end, we love the quotidian detail but aren't averse to a bit of grand passion along the way, peering in to… Read more