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J. P. Caulfield (Cape Town, South Africa)

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The Silver Mist
The Silver Mist
by Martin Treanor
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and beautifully written novel, 25 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The Silver Mist (Paperback)
On 21 July 1971, young Eve Hayes watches her terminally ill father leaving home for the last time. If his impending death in a city hospital is not enough for the Down's Syndrome sufferer to endure, Eve's mother and sister will, on the same day, be caught up in the wave of bombings in Belfast's "Bloody Friday." Eve, however, finds a new friend - the enigmatic "Esther" - to guide her through the pain of life, and in a series of metaphorical journeys, she learns that her brain is not wired quite as "wrong" as she has been led to believe, and that she may find peace amidst the tragedies, sectarian hatred and mindless violence that threaten to engulf her world. This is a gripping, moving and beautifully written novel - with a sly twist in the tail - that shines a thin ray of hope into the age of despair. Highly recommended.

Spider Bite
Spider Bite
by Richard Street
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Adventure Story, 8 May 2011
This review is from: Spider Bite (Paperback)
Set on a beautiful game farm in South Africa, Spider Bite, by Richard Street, is a well-written and exciting adventure story.
After being bitten by a weird, glowing spider, young Dion discovers that he can transform into various animals. Tension mounts, however, when a desperate leopardess and her cubs near the farm, not to mention the arrival of a boorish hunter, intent on shooting everything he sees ...
With a great mix of friendship, action, magic and humour, Spider Bite provides a thrilling read for teenagers and young and adults.
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Nomtombomsa and the Sacred Pool
Nomtombomsa and the Sacred Pool
by Chris Ntombemhlope Reid
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting African tale, 24 April 2011
"They disturbed a myriad of butterflies that had been sipping water from a puddle in the path, sending them swirling crazily upwards in a clamour of colour, like some psychedelic whirlwind."

Set in Pondoland, Southern Africa, this deceptively simple and beautifully written tale follows the journey of a young African girl on the cusp of puberty, as she begins to move into womanhood. Called to be trained as a sangoma (traditional healer or, in European lingo, good witch) Sandiswa passes through a sacred pool and into the world of her late ancestors where she is renamed Nomtombomsa. Her training is both arduous and dangerous, in which the struggle between good and evil is ever present.
The author, Christopher Ntombemhlophe Reid, himself a practising traditional healer, has written an enchanting tale that evokes the spirit of Africa. It will be loved by young and old alike.

Whitefella Dreaming
Whitefella Dreaming
by R. B. Clague
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars I Dream of Wires, 19 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Whitefella Dreaming (Paperback)
This is a well written and fast paced novel that will appeal to those with an interest in indigenous cultures and all people who live close to the land. Mirroring Greek mythology's various "ways of danger" the protagonist, Rob Swift, after being involved in a tragic and fatal car accident, must complete a long and grueling trip through the harsh and barren Australian Outback in order to cleanse his body and soul, and so confront his destiny. The first in a trilogy, I am looking forward to the next installment, "Desert of the Mind".

Zoot Allures
Zoot Allures
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stripped down rock, 19 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Zoot Allures (Audio CD)
If you are into heavy, stripped down rock: drums, bass, keyboards and guitar, then this is the Zappa album to start with. Almost "commercial" (apart from the hilarious, but radio-unfriendly lyrics) this is the most easy listening of Zappa's albums, with none of the unusual time signatures and bizarre harmonies of his jazz and / or avante-garde albums. A great buy

by Zorina Elena Alliata
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.70

5.0 out of 5 stars The Curious Incident of Schrödinger's Cat (in the Night-time), 30 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Anamnesis (Paperback)
Like Mark Haddon's brilliant debut, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time," Zorina Alliata's "Anamnesis" enthrals with the magic of numbers, the spellbinding obscurity of quantum mechanics, and the age-old and universal search for Truth. There are hints of Paul Coelho, too, with the allegorical conflicts between ancient and modern, good and evil, darkness and light, never too far from the surface.
Against the backdrop of the stock market crash of October 2008, two young pawns in a faceless, monolithic company are forced to confront themselves and their destiny, and to ask and answer the big and timeless questions: Who are we? What are we? What is the purpose and meaning of life?
Despite - or perhaps because of - these lofty aspirations, the novel is both fast paced and beautifully written, the contrasts between the ancient beliefs and traditions of Romanian culture and the modern, capitalist, American world starkly and realistically portrayed.
Highly recommended.

Live In London
Live In London
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Price: £14.93

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREATEST LIVE RECORDING - EVER, 3 May 2009
This review is from: Live In London (Audio CD)
Let us forget, for the moment, that Mr Cohen was close on 74 years old at the time of the recording, or that he was performing songs conceived for a pub sized venue in the massive O2 arena. Quite simply, this is one of the best live performances that has ever been recorded - a true celebration of words and music that sent shivers down my spine. While it may be difficult to improve on the stark original version of "Bird on a Wire", the tracks from the "Various Positions" album, where some of his greatest songs such as "Dance me to the end of Love", "Halleluja" and "If it be your Will" were originally stymied by a cheap computer backing, are now permitted to flourish by a quite exceptional band.
Then there is the man himself, a man of dignity (a rarely used word, these days) humbling himself before his backing band and singers, constantly name-checking them, bowing, exhibiting respect. And while many a self obsessed diva may go through the motions of thanking their audience for attending the concert, Cohen also thanked them for their support through the years, "for keeping my songs alive". And I believe he meant it.
Here is real music, poetry, artistry, integrity, honour; a celebration of life - the antithesis of the bile spewed up by the Lily Allens and Amy Winehouses of this world. I take my hat off to a stately gentleman who can still move a massive audience with his deceptively simple songs of life and love and hate.

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