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Testament Of Youth [VHS] [1979] <b>VHS</b> ~ Cheryl Campbell
Testament Of Youth [VHS] [1979] VHS ~ Cheryl Campbell
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It holds up well., 18 Sep 2003
This made a tremendous impression on me when I first saw it in the 1970s. Inevitably it was something of a disappointment to see it again, as television techniques have moved on so much, and it now seems a little dated.
However, there are many good things about this adaptation. The characterisation of Vera makes you see what an absolute pain she must have been to live with. Rupert Frazer captures the sensitivity of her brother Edward, and there is quite a close resemblance to the actual Edward. (I don't think that this is important, but it did strike me). Peter Woodward, in the thankless role of Roland Leighton, also has some resemblance to the person he plays.
There are some… Read more
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (Inspector Lynley &hellip by Elizabeth George
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Short on laughs, 30 Aug 2003
I usually like the high-class trashiness of Elizabeth George's writing, and the ludicrousness of the plots, but this one disappoints. She might do better to concentrate on the Barbara Havers situation, if she could write about it in a less stilted way, rather than on the aristocratic flummery.
I wonder: do watermelon Pop-Tarts (which Havers is fond of) really exist?
Palladian (VMC) by Elizabeth Taylor
Palladian (VMC) by Elizabeth Taylor
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual novel, 2 Jun 2003
Elizabeth Taylor was good at effete protagonists. Here the so-called hero rejoices in the name of Marion; he is a Greek scholar who suffers from neuralgia. That makes him sound like A.E. Housman, but in fact he is a widow whose wife died giving birth to his daughter Sophy. (His wife was reading Greek at the age of eight, which is a lot for Sophy to live up to).
It's a curious household, with Marion's cousin Margaret, a "lady doctor," and their cousin Tom, who is drinking himself to death. To this set-up comes Cassandra Dashwood (what a name), an orphan who is to teach Sophy, while Marion teaches her (Cassandra) Greek. Cassandra at first sees Marion as Mr. Rochester, which he is… Read more

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