J. M. Flemming

Helpful votes received on reviews: 68% (45 of 66)
Location: London, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,259,535 - Total Helpful Votes: 45 of 66
The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia (P&hellip by Paul Theroux
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This book came highly recommended to me and I was expecting much more than I got.

First, the things I liked: Theroux is a very good storyteller and this book carried the narrative well. His descriptions of the trains he travelled on, the places he travelled through and the people he met were very realistic; especially during his descriptions of weather and landscape I felt as though I were present. He has a gift for observation and description, and this book was no exception.

However, I was very disappointed in the author's attitude. I found the tone and manner in which he describes people different to him as dismissive and condescending; in some cases his… Read more
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a beautiful, heart-rending story which will forever change your way of looking at the world.
It's truly a masterpiece. The simplicity and pureness of this "first love" is brought home by the innocence of the two youths. Somehow, O'Neill is able to capture the mindset of each character incredibly well, and deftly shifts points of view, depending on the action. The progression of the crucial facts was interesting, too - I'm more of a linear-story person at heart, but I must confess that the semi-chronological presentation of the storyline grew on me after a while. All loose ends are tied up by the end of the story.
The style of writing was unique, yet potent, original… Read more
Now And Then by William Corlett
Now And Then by William Corlett
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, 29 April 2003
What a well-written book. Being able to blend the moods of the different time periods together and then making them converge so seamlessly takes a real gift - one which Corlett exploits effortlessly. Although I found some of Christopher's behaviour rather silly and selfish, Corlett did a good job of making me sympathise with his emotions. Additionally, he creates a convincing portrayal of Christopher's mindset of repression, even to the most open and uninhibited of readers.
The teenage love scenes were touching and accurate. True, they were a bit graphic, but I feel that such explicit description is necessary to accurately capture what was going through Christopher's head. The… Read more

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