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Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish
Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish
by Margarita Madrigal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.31

67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars so so, 5 Jun. 2003
I bought this book largely because of the glowing reviews it has received on Amazon.
However...the method of learning is good in theory, but the crowded layout and endless lists of words are so poor, you get bored of looking at it. Also, depth and good explanations of grammar structures are too thin at the expense of keeping things simple.
Having said all that, for picking up a few sentences and getting the gist of some grammar structures then it is useful.
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Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey
Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey
by Alison Wearing
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive insight on Iran, 28 May 2003
It's hard to imagine a country such as Iran when we are informed in the media of only the negative aspects of the country.
Alison Wearing has an enviable, perceptive style of writing. Without pandering to pointless stereotypes and judgements, she effortlessly focuses on the everyday people of the country; their extraordinary generosity and intelligence.
It's a genuinely funny book, with wonderful descriptions and managing to avoid being cheesy.


The Constant Gardener
The Constant Gardener
by John Le Carré
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable, 23 May 2003
This review is from: The Constant Gardener (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it and would recommend it.
I take the point of the other reviewers who found it over technical or "preachy", but don't agree with them. With a book like this, there is no point taking the political stance of it's characters or the descriptions of places like embassies too seriously.


Touching The Void
Touching The Void
by Joe Simpson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painful but good!, 23 May 2003
This review is from: Touching The Void (Hardcover)
Somehow this isn't the cliched "triumph of survival" kind of book that it seems to be pegged as. Maybe it's the matter of fact way in which Joe Simpson describes dragging himself down a mountain when he's practically dead.
I think the strength of this book is the author's ability to convey his feelings in a way that enables the reader to get closer to understanding what he went through.
Quite simply, this is the kind of book that you want to tell people about.


Spanish with Michel Thomas--Complete Course 8 CD Set
Spanish with Michel Thomas--Complete Course 8 CD Set
by Michel Thomas
Edition: Audio CD

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 22 May 2003
Michel Thomas' ground rules insist that you do not write anything down or attempt to remember words. True to his promise, he, as the teacher takes the responsibility of getting you to comprehend - and it honestly works. Even after a relatively short time you can build sentences because the lesson plan is so logical. No chance of getting away with bad pronunciation either! Once started it's easy to motivate yourself to continue the course because progression is so rapid. Highly recommended


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