Learn more Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Fitbit
Profile for Christobel > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Christobel
Top Reviewer Ranking: 9,980,763
Helpful Votes: 0

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Christobel

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
The Alexandria Quartet: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea
The Alexandria Quartet: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea
by Lawrence Durrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.32

5.0 out of 5 stars The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell, 4 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I found this book to be fascinating, although difficult to read. The style is rather turgid and the themes skip around. However, the characters are unusual and interesting and the descriptions of Alexandria and other parts of Egypt are beautiful and evocative. Having been to a Paul Klee exhibition immediately after finishing the book, I was stuck by the similarity between the colours used by the artist, which were inspired by his visit to Tunisia, and the colours used by Durrell in this book. He loved violet and used it frequently in his descriptions. Fascinatingly Durrell seemed to like one-eyed people. Perhaps a psychologist could explain this tendency. Clearly, Alexandria has changed tremendously between the time in which it is set (late 1930s early 1940s) and the present day, so the book is of historical relevance. The stories and characters all have a rather mystic quality, even the weird and very funny ones. Yes, the book, though intense, is far from devoid of humour. It is well worth reading. I thouight it great.


Citizens: A Chronicle of The French Revolution
Citizens: A Chronicle of The French Revolution
by Simon Schama
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.59

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Citizens: A Chronic;e of the French Revolution. Simon Schama, 15 Feb. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Very well written and clear to understand. Much more life and humour than most history books. Helped me to follow Hilary Mantel's novel "A Place of Greater Safety" Very funny in places. I found the description of the storming of the Bastille especially good and hilarious... not the way I had pictured it at all!


Page: 1