Mr. R. A. Nelhams

Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (73 of 84)
Location: Devon, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 189,729 - Total Helpful Votes: 73 of 84
Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals by John Gray
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I don't write many reviews on here, but having searched this book in order to recommend it to a friend and found that it had some very mixed reviews, I feel the need to chip in:

I won't talk too much here about what Gray's main arguments are (and I will agree here with some of the negative reviewers that they are not presented at all neatly), but basically he's saying that, for all the material progress humans have made thanks to their great intelligence, we have and always will have the same failings as other animals, and that therefore any stability and betterment we have created will be partial and temporary. He is also arguing that all the mainstream political movements of… Read more
Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror - Series 1 [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Rory Kinnear
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Charlie Brooker has made a name for himself by exposing the sheer banality of much of the modern world, in particular the media, in a way that is as cutting as it is hilarious. With this series he has made what I can only describe as a kind of 1984 for our time- the three stories may be based in the near future but they are clearly meant as a comment on the contemporary world. But I will also warn you that if you are expecting the same level of comedy as you might be used to with Brooker, forget it. If this is comedy I would hate to see tragedy- the first episode is funny in parts, but from there on in it's pretty much a descent into something altogether darker. Too often, it just hits too… Read more
Easy Learning Italian Grammar (Collins Easy Learni&hellip by Collins Dictionaries
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Most language learning books fall into one of two categories:

1) The classic grammar book, of the kind you find in abundance in Italy itself- dull, unfriendly layout with dense, academic text that bangs on about 'nouns', 'subjunctives' 'imperfects' and any number of other terms which are terrifying to most English people (as many of us never learn what they are unless we really have to)

2) The 'new style' grammar books, which have become enormously popular judging from the language sections in bookshops- these are full of useful phrases, interesting topics and glossy photos, but have you ever succeeded with learning a language with one? I haven't, because in the end… Read more

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