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Tolstoy: A Russian Life by Rosamund Bartlett
Tolstoy: A Russian Life by Rosamund Bartlett
4.0 out of 5 stars Larger than life, 27 Dec 2011
Rosamund Bartlett has made a remarkable job in this biography, depicting Tolstoy in all his contradictions and excesses: as a genie and a holy fool, as a selfless person devoted to help the peasants and those in need and as an egotistical self-centred man who sometimes would make miserable the lives of those closer to him. In its scope, ambition and profusion of detail this is a remarkable book.

And yet, I am afraid it is not a completely gratifying read, because the author assumes that the readers have a very clear memory of the works of Tolstoy, that they clearly remember the plots and characters of his novels and novellas and that they will immediately make the relevant… Read more
Hard Candy ~ Madonna
Hard Candy ~ Madonna
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment, 20 May 2008
Madonna is well-known for crossing the boundaries while at the some time doing up-beat marketable music making its way to the charts.

As a teenager I was a big Madonna fan. Then, even though I would follow her new releases, I became uninterested, as her "Erotica" and Bedtime stories" didn't appeal much to that stage of my life. She was back to my radar with "Ray of light", which was confirmed by the two following releases, although I was still a bit of a snob by then to give her due credit for her innovations and the trends she set. And then I was swept away by "Confessions on the dance floor", a CD I was actually offered and that after an initial reticence is now part of my… Read more
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying, 21 Jan 2008
Having been so widely and highly acclaimed both by the public and the critics, it came as a great disappointment that "The kite runner" was such an uninteresting read for me. Although the issues dealt with, guilt and redemption, are quite juicy, the plot seems banal and predictable. It would be too much to ask finding in the novel the depth of a Dostoyevsky, but I was not expecting the characters and the tensions to be so utterly shallow. Novels are about plot and writing, the use of language to tell a story. And the language in "The kite runner" is full of commonplaces and the narrative devices are uninteresting to the extent of becoming dull. Probably because the whole set of situations… Read more

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Mahler: Symphony No.9 ~ Berliner Philharmoniker
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LA FIN DE L'HOMME ROUGE by Svetlana Alexievitch
LA FIN DE L'HOMME ROUGE by Svetlana Alexievitch
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