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Welcome to the Free Zone (Hesperus Classics) by Nathalie Gara
I was sent this book as a gift, although it is not the kind of book I normally read. I was initially amused, soon engaged and ultimately hooked on this many-layered story of the experiences of Jews - and, perhaps more significantly, non-Jews - in wartime rural France. There are indeed many characters, but each is distinctively drawn and lifelike, and all contribute to the multi-faceted fabric of the tale. It is unconventional and absorbing, and one is rarely aware that it is a translation, so fluently does it read. It took a long time to appear in English, but Bill Reed and Hesperus have done the book proud. If you like your novels to be revealing of human nature and behaviour, whatever the… Read more
Educating Rita (Methuen Drama Student Editions) by Willy Russell
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Prospective purchasers should note that this is Russell's 2003 revised edition of the play. Ostensibly aiming to remove references to the 1970s in an attempt to 'universalize' the play, Russell has managed to dilute and, to my mind, ultimately destroy its original and essential drily witty tone. Where the humour was subtle and pointed, it is now overt and blunt: no longer funny. To get the full impact of this great play, make sure you buy the original (1986) version - if you can find it.