Gerald Cheshire

Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (45 of 57)


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Walking Home by Simon Armitage
Walking Home by Simon Armitage
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Interesting well written book; not at all like the usual nerdish walking guides. But my gut feeling is that it wasn't written as a result of the walk but rather the walk was undertaken in order to write the book. There's an awful lot of these book driven enterprises about these days. Some years ago Victoria Coren wrote a book about making a porn film but again I suspect the book deal came before the porn film.

As a former long distance walker myself I am baffled by Simon Armitage's mindset and psyche. I suppose it must come from his profession and the ability to write to order about virtually anything and make a drama about it; even when no drama really exists. Despite being… Read more
Why Mahler?: How One Man and Ten Symphonies Change&hellip by Norman Lebrecht
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Why Mahler

First of all I need to declare an interest; I too am a Mahler obsessive. I love his music; it often moves me to tears and I am fascinated by the man and his milieu. I also have all the `grumpy old man' traits which Norman Lebrecht sometimes exhibits. I hate it when people start clapping between movements of an orchestral work. The cacophony of coughing which accompanies all concerts in this country drives me wild.

I had previously read Lebrecht's earlier more sketchy account of Mahler's life and works, Mahler Remembered, but his new treatment is far more detailed and must have taken an incredible amount of research to produce. However it is not a dry… Read more
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
As one of the great philosophers said 'an unexamined life is not worth living'. Julian Barnes comes close to proving that an 'examined life' is not worth living either. It is all just too painful to contemplate. This is a totally uncompromising novel which will surely cause any perceptive reader some uncomfortable moments of introspection. It is all about the frustrations, randomness and compromises of life. The early promise so casually squandered and the arrogant egocentric certainties of youth. It delves deep into our psyche and awakens memories like sad music long forgotten. It really hurts.

In a previous review for Amazon I was taken to task for revealing the plot. So I will… Read more