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The Methuen Book of Modern Drama: Plays of the '80&hellip by Caryl Churchill
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 4 Aug 2005
This collection showcases some of the move evocative and throughly enjoyable plays of modern drama. Each play is at complete contrast to the others and this snippet of such diverse content adequately provides the dramatist or student with a beautiful selection of some of the best work of the 20th century.
Hysteria, a play based on psychologist Freud, is a hilarious and witty script with one of the funniest scenes I've every read. It is fast paced, lucrative and a delight to absorb into the creative juices.
In startling contrast to Hysteria is the shockingly brutal and provocative Blasted. Kane's career although tragically cut short sparked an explosion of appreciation and this… Read more
Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics) by Leo Tolstoy
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate version, 4 Aug 2005
Like many before me I was curious as to the over shadowing of Tolstoy's only "novel" as he called it. "War and Peace" springs to mind when you think of Tolstoy but this novel deserves so much more publicity than it receives.
This Penguin Classics edition is wonderfully paced and beautifully transcribed making my first reading positive and easy. Yes of course we could all buy the bargain basement 1.50 version of this classic but I doubt over 400 pages of "close enough" translation would adequately showcase the poetic brilliance of this thrilling and emotionally perfect novel.
Don't be put off by its size, it is a compelling read and ensues enthusiastic page turning. As a 17 year… Read more