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Skagboys
Skagboys
by Irvine Welsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Scary but brilliant, 25 Aug. 2013
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You have to concentrate hard to follow all the Edinburgh dialect, but it really is worth the effort. Brilliant characterisation of Mark Renton, Sick Boy, Francis Begbie and the rest. This is a disturbing, sometimes depressing book, but also full of typical dry Scottish humour. Definitely worth a read.


A Scots Quair
A Scots Quair
by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish Literature at its best, 25 Aug. 2013
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It's seldom I can lose myself in a book, but this one really is a classic. Perhaps because my own roots are from the North East of Scotland, there was a wonderful familiarity to the peole, the countryside and life in a small community. But it's more than that. Lewis Grassic Gibbons' characters, descriptions of place and storytelling mark him as one of the great Scottish novelists of any generation. A must read for anyone who enjoys great literature.


The Old Man And The Sea [DVD]
The Old Man And The Sea [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anthony Quinn
Price: £5.96

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what Hemingway had in mind, 13 July 2010
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Although there were positive aspects to this film, most notably when Santiago was out at sea and and his relationship with Manolin, the young couple were not in the original story, added nothing to it and and as I saw it served no purpose. More should have been made of contrasting the old fishing ways to the new methods just been brought in to Cuba at that time, and how Santiago was a noble representative of the old school of thought. This above all was the legacy he was going to leave Manolin. In addition, one of the more important symbolisms of the book were the young lions. These should have been captured in Santiago's dreams, as represetative of him as a young man. Good acting by Anthony Quinn, but a disappointing rendition of a truly great book.


The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway
Edition: Audio CD

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reading of a great book, 13 July 2010
This review is from: The Old Man and the Sea (Audio CD)
It is a real pleasure when you get a reader who understands the subtleties, symbolisms and themes within a text and conveys these to the reader. Donald Sutherland is Santiago and Manolin both. Thanks to him, I was with Santiago as he first waited, then landed the marlin, then fought a losing battle with the sharks. fantastic reading- exhausting and exhilarating.
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The Wasp Factory
The Wasp Factory
by Iain Banks
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wasp Factory, 24 Mar. 2009
This review is from: The Wasp Factory (Paperback)
Few writers can match the darkness of Iain Banks mind. For anyone who wants to be drawn into a world of truly appalling horror and deeds, this book is a must.


Brighton Rock
Brighton Rock
by Graham Greene
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brighton Rock, 24 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Brighton Rock (Paperback)
The time and setting may be 1938, but this book has lost none of its edge over the years, displaying the versatility of Graham Greene. The ending is still one of the best ever written.


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