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Barbes
Barbes

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A must for Rachid Taha fans, 11 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Barbes (Audio CD)
Barbes is a bit of a mixed bag, both in terms of style and content, compared to Rachid Taha's later albums such as Diwan and Made in Medina. But if you enjoyed those and you want to explore his music further, Barbes is well worth a try and has some excellent tracks.


Egypt
Egypt
Price: £20.03

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisitely beautiful album, 3 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Egypt (Audio CD)
Uplifting, meditative, and sensitively orchestrated.


Words of Mercury
Words of Mercury
by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A must for fans of Leigh-Fermor, 3 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Words of Mercury (Paperback)
... but if you already own all his books, be warned that about half this anthology is made up of extracts from Mani, Roumeli, A Time to Keep Silence, A Time of Gifts and other books. However, there are some interesting previously uncollected articles, reviews and profiles.


Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
by Marjane Satrapi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny but harrowing graphic autobiography, 3 Nov. 2004
Fans of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis 1 will need no encouragement to find out what happened to her next. Persepolis 2 tells the story of Satrapi's teenage years in exile in Switzerland, and early twenties at art school in Teheran. The graphics are as elegantly quirky as in the first book, and the storytelling is touching and witty. A fascinating, economically-told insight into a world I know very little about.


The Wisdom of Shepherds
The Wisdom of Shepherds
by Rhett Ellis
Edition: Paperback

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A cynical exercise in manipulation, 21 Jan. 2004
I was interested to see this book appear on a number of recommendations lists on Amazon.com. On further investigation, it became clear that all the other books on the list were best-sellers - a random selection ranging from Tolkien to Delia Smith.
I haven't read the book, and don't plan to, but it seems pretty clear that the author and/or his friends have quite cynically created a group of recommendations lists which would appear whenever someone clicked on the page of a best-selling book, with this book at the top of the list. I suspect that any book which requires such transparent 'marketing' probably isn't worth bothering with. At least one other reviewer above, who had the misfortune to buy the book on the strenghth of its recommndations here, appears to share this opinion.


American Magus Harry Smith: A Modern Alchemist
American Magus Harry Smith: A Modern Alchemist
by Paula Igliori
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book about an extraordinary man, 29 Oct. 2003
Harry Smith devoted his life to collecting recordings of obscure and regional American musics, and eventually made them public in his hugely influential Anthology of American Music, a collection which inspired musicians like Bob Dylan and brought all kinds of regional styles such as cajun music to wider attention. This book is a good introduction to his life and obsessions (apart from music they included eastern European Easter egg paintings and string cats-cradle designs). Smith was an artist, an ethnographer, a pioneer and quite possibly mad: anybody interested in music should know about him.


Honey from a Weed: Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia
Honey from a Weed: Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia
by Patience Gray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.00

65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No ordinary book, 29 Oct. 2003
Honey from a weed is no ordinary book. It's not a cookery book, a history book, or a travel book, but something of all three. Gray has lived around the Mediterranean for 40-odd years, and knows several of its cultures - particularly Greece, Catalonia and Italy - deeply. She writes mostly about peasant food, and how it is shaped by the economy and geography of the regions where it develops - religious fasting in the Greek islands, for instance, takes place at a time when historically food was scarce, for instance. She has also gathered extremely useful information on wild plants and herbs and their names in many different languages and dialects. She is a hugely knowledgeable, scholarly but entertaining writer.


The Burning of Bridget Cleary
The Burning of Bridget Cleary
by Angela Bourke
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid, intelligent, gripping, 24 July 2003
This is a fascinating and very well-written book about an extraordinary case. Bourke sets Bridget Cleary's tragic story solidly in its historical and economic context, and is particularly interesting on how fairy beliefs were used as a form of social control. Highly recommended.


Sleeping with Cats
Sleeping with Cats
by Marge Piercy
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The life of a writer and an activist, 20 May 2003
This review is from: Sleeping with Cats (Paperback)
Marge Piercy had a tough, working-class upbringing in Detroit in the fifties, and got involved in politics via the US anti-war movement of the sixties. Later she moved on to the New Left and to feminism. Her life mixes activism and writing, and gives the lie to anyone who thinks seventies feminism was puritanical and joyless. Piercy consistently resists anyone who tells her how she ought to think, look or behave, whether they're right wing or left wing, and has an infectious pleasure in the details of everyday life: animals, plants, food, sex. Fascinating if you enjoy her writing, or even if you haven't come across it.


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