jenny norman

Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (16 of 21)


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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic, 19 July 2014
I read "Madding Crowd" many years ago and found on rereading that I got so much more pleasure from it. And how wonderful to read a novel of Hardy's with a happy ending albeit filled with tragedy throughout.
I also get great pleasure from reading Hardy's works now that I live in the Wessex that he writes about. I can see in my mind's eye the places he is alluding to which makes the story even more evocative.
Everyone should read this masterpiece.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
I am rereading this book for my book club.

I don't normally read a book twice, however I am so glad I did.

I remember being so moved by this book first time round but have been amazed by how much of it I had forgotten. It is perhaps even more poignant to be reading it again with the evacuation of western troops from Afghanistan so imminent.

Splendid Suns leaves one feeling that there is hope for this ravaged country and it lies in the hands of individuals who love the land and want to rebuild it.
The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect&hellip by Mark Forsyth
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly fascinating, 25 Jun 2014
What a great read.

I did have to keep back tracking and rereading whole sentences, even swathes of this book in order to be sure I had read what I thought I had read.

I wish I was witty and clever enough to employ one of Mark Forsyth's grammatical tricks in writing this review. Sadly I am not. I only hope I have not dropped any proverbial clangers in doing so.

For all I simply want to say is if you love literature, song and the English language please do read this book.