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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd take this to my desert island!, 6 Jun 2004
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Mr. And Mrs M. Enticknap "oliviaiasi" (Iasi, Romania) - See all my reviews
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I love this book - it captures all aspects of Betjeman's writing and is accessible for those of us who aren't otherwise great readers of poetry.If you're abroad , this could make you homesick! It is rather nostalgic and to me conjures up all that is best about England .The prose is as interesting as the poetry and in bite-sized chunks so it's perfect for reading on a journey too. Definately worth buying!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of a great writer, 27 Nov 2009
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Ian Shine (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Best of Betjeman (Paperback)
Like most people I am most familiar with Betjeman's poetry, most notably Slough.
The tone of that poem - humorous; sardonic - is the main tone throughout the rest of his poetry, but they only make up half of this book.
The second half is full of Betjeman's prose, a section of which is made up of his pieces about Britain's churches (a passion of his, and his architectural knowledge is clearly beyond that of the amateur), the script for his commentary on a TV piece called Metroland (about the commuter belt outside London), and various other pieces.
One note-worthy piece for me was a letter found by his publisher written half in French, half in English, that seems somehow to capture the very essence of Betjeman's fun-loving nature and irrepressible desire to play with words.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry is an art!, 7 July 2001
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This is a wonderful book, he writes about the good things to keep and appreciate in this changing world. Poetry is not only one of the most difficult types of creative writing but is also the best to read when well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm dip, 9 Jan 2013
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Reading this book is like taking a warm swim in a pool that one knows and which gets more enjoyable evry time one 'Dips In'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars cosy, 24 July 2008
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I was back in my early teens and wrapped in cosy nostalgia. Thats how I felt when reading this.You can read this in easy stages or just pick up when you feel 'the need'. I would have liked more poems but a balanced book I'm sure for the real afficionados.
A gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Aug 2014
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Delivered on time, exactly what was required
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Aug 2014
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