James C

Helpful votes received on reviews: 67% (6 of 9)


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Little Manfred by Michael Morpurgo
Little Manfred by Michael Morpurgo
I bought this for one of my grandchildren. She is six and a very advanced reader as I found out when she started to read it to me. A few days afterwards she told me she had finished it and started it again. She thought it was really good. She has a German granny so the German words in it were familiar.
So now I am about to buy it for some of my godchildren too.
I do think it is a wonderful book: inspiringly written and fantastically illustrated. A great production.
The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey
The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Carey marvel, 3 May 2012
Many others have already summarized the book so this is just to say that I thought it was a surprisingly thrilling read about something I did not know I was interested in until I read the book: clever clockwork fakes and the nutters who make them, and then, generations later, more of the same who repair them.
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
5.0 out of 5 stars It is so good, 3 May 2012
This is my latest Carey read, having read Oscar and Lucinda, The Real History of the Kelly Gang, and the relatively new The Chemistry of Tears all in the last few months. I have become an addict. I love his imagination, the surprises, the neat not looked for but correct endings. Each chapter is a treat. I admire the warmth and breadth of his writing, and even the sadness I felt when I put it down finished. In Parrot and Olivier in America Carey pits the old world against the new. Through the two protagonists he shows the shortcomings of Democracy and Aristocracy as well as their good points. It is always amusing, frequently hilarious, and true.
All the things I am interested in are… Read more