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Erich Maria Remarque: The Last Romantic
Erich Maria Remarque: The Last Romantic
by Hilton Tims
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably good, 4 Mar. 2016
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I have used this biography to research background material for a reading of "All Quiet on the W.F." by a book group to which I belong. Hilton Tims has done a good, professional job, overall, finding material in the two main repositories of Remarque archive papers, in New York and Lower Saxony. I appreciated his (Tims`s) admission that he had needed some help with translating some pieces of German where his knowledge was lacking. At least one earlier reviewer found shortcomings in this book because of a (perceived) lack of scholarly analysis of Remarque`s writings, perhaps especially of "A.Q. on the W.F". There is, however, adequate treatment here of Remarque`s several other novels: and, in any case, this aims to be a biography, not a work of literary criticism. I found the balance between treatment of the novels and of the life to be well judged. A fascinating life it is, too. I had expected Remarque to be a none-too-attractive personality; however, I was won over by the recollections of Ilse/Peter; of Marlene/Puma; and of Paulette Goddard. The overall impression I got was of a man partly but deeply troubled; of a great romantic; and of someone who struck lucky with one short novel - but had more talent than the term "lucky" would imply. There are some intriguing twists and revelations in the story. It`s a good read.


Seta - Nuova Edizione 2013
Seta - Nuova Edizione 2013
by Alessandro Baricco
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars and so very easy to read, 17 April 2015
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It`s a whimsical, other-worldly fable sliced into small bite-sized chunks, and so very easy to read. It has a youthful, innocent quality, reminiscent of Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Along with this comes the need (if you`re to appreciate the story and the style) to suspend any strictness of interpretation of logic and realism of detail. Our book group had mixed views on the dramatic change of tone when a letter is re-printed, close to the end of the story. This letter is perplexing. Clearly the author has realised how shocking it will be to many readers: so what were his motives for presenting it in this way? (I pose the question without presuming to judge whether the letter makes or breaks the novella). I couldn`t find any commentary on the internet to throw light on the author`s intentions. The translation by Ann Goldstein is sound. However, there is a whole paragraph missing from the Canongate English language edition. This is about one-third of the way through Chapter 41, where the paragraph from "Dicono che..." to "come pecore" plus the refrain "Pausa" is missing from the English language text. More disappointing is the lack of acknowledgement from Canongate after I wrote to alert them to this. Overall, this is an easy read, with much charm; but the substance is slight.


The White Cross: An epic tale of the 3rd crusade with revealing present-day parallels
The White Cross: An epic tale of the 3rd crusade with revealing present-day parallels
by Richard Masefield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.83

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and evocative, 17 Mar. 2015
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This is an extraordinarily evocative story, well researched and constructed. The opening sequence can be quite shocking; but I believe it is reliably documented that Richard the Lion-heart (here, at the start, on the threshold of his reign) was foul-mouthed and blasphemous at the same time. The story stands or falls on the accounts of the lives of our hero and of the young woman he marries soon after the start of the book. The contrasts (male vs. female; Sussex vs. Palestine; domestic life vs. warfare) are starkly clear. The action sequences are vivid and not for the faint-hearted. The author`s attitude towards King Richard is by no means equivocal; but at least his bias is clear and explicable. It`s an unusual and hauntingly powerful book.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Dec. 2014
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The Rings Of Saturn
The Rings Of Saturn
by W.G.SEBALD
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 29 Oct. 2014
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It holds a cornucopia of information and ideas on a bizarre bazaar of anecdotes, buildings, characters and histories. Quirky, full of colour and detail, this is a delight to read, not quite from cover to cover, as some parts are bound to intrigue and captivate more than others. Overall, it`s an impressive accomplishment.


Chalkhill Blue: Award-winning historical romance you'll love
Chalkhill Blue: Award-winning historical romance you'll love
by Richard Masefield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-stopping, 29 Oct. 2014
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In this anniversary year commemorating the start of the First World War, "Chalkhill Blue" salutes those who fought in the trenches. When Ned Ashby leaves his beloved Sussex farm - against violent opposition from his wife Meriel - to fight in France, he little knows how much will be destroyed irretrievably for him and his family. Meriel, headstrong and obstinate, knew she loved Ned the moment she saw him: but Ned is also loved by the older and gentler Simmie, and it is her devotion that will support him and Meriel when all seems lost.
So vividly written and packed with memorable characters, this is a heart-stopping and wonderful novel.


Brimstone: 18th century drama sweeping across the flintstone villages of Sussex to the coast of revolutionary France
Brimstone: 18th century drama sweeping across the flintstone villages of Sussex to the coast of revolutionary France
by Richard Masefield
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat to read, 29 Oct. 2014
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Who would have thought that a demure parson`s daughter would find herself transported to Botany Bay? Yet that is the fate, in 1798, of Ellin Corbyn. She is married to Rafe, the inhibited gentle doctor, but harbours a regrettable attraction for his ne`er-do-well brother Aaron, who disdains respectability and lives recklessly and profitably alongside the violent smugglers who operate along the Sussex coast. With one wrong decision, Ellin`s future is linked to Aaron`s and her safe world has gone.
Ricahard Masefield`s pacy book is packed with vivid contrast. From beautiful Sussex to the horrors of Newgate prison; from the terrifying journey on a convict ship to back-breaking construction work in Parramatta., up-river form Sydney Cove - it is a treat to read.


Painted Lady: Racy historical romance that you will love!
Painted Lady: Racy historical romance that you will love!
by Richard Masefield
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read, 29 Oct. 2014
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"Forget the girls, their brothers are where your future lies, it`s a man`s world and always will be." And so in 1812, following her mother`s advice, Sary Snudden - flame-haired and buxom - sets off to find a wealthy protector in Brighton. Her path is soon crossed by young Lord David Stanville, heir to the great Sussex estate of Haddertun. Their passionate affair endures as David vows to defy convention and have Sary accepted by his horrified family.
I loved this hugely enjoyable story that gallops through several of the most colourful decades of English and European history. Along with David and Sary, we learn the secrets of Brighton bordellos and travel through a Europe recently ravaged by the Napoleonic wars. Exciting, memorable and moving, "Painted Lady" is a terrific read.


The Sickness
The Sickness
by Alberto Barrera Tyszka
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It tackles some important questions., 1 Jun. 2014
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It`s highly readable. Without morbidity it deals with issues we could all benefit from examining. The translator has done an excellent job, too.


The Memory of Love
The Memory of Love
by Aminatta Forna
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read, 11 Jan. 2014
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The characters are well drawn; and the plot is easy to follow without being facile. It`s worth seeing the video clip with the author (to be found on the Web), but probably only after you`ve read the book. I like the subtle touches, e.g. Saffia`s attitude towards Elias in the later part of the story and the under-stating of the civil war background. A minor gripe : - this book needed a more attentive editor.


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