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Exposure
Exposure
by Helen Dunmore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Her great strength is in the details of ordinary life and ..., 3 May 2016
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Her great strength is in the details of ordinary life and how she makes them important in conveying emotions -particularly fear.


The Night Manager (TV tie-in) (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Night Manager (TV tie-in) (Penguin Modern Classics)
by John le Carré
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The pace was quickened and the change of Burr to Mrs Burr was brilliant., 3 May 2016
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Sometimes got clogged down in details so that the story did not move fast enough.
The TV version was effective in condensing the bureaucratic in-fighting and making those characters distinctive.
The pace was quickened and the change of Burr to Mrs Burr was brilliant.


1914 : A Novel
1914 : A Novel
by Jean Echenoz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 4 April 2014
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I found the story line slight. Such details as there were ( the furnishings of a bedroom for example) seemed irrelevant.
It was too scanty and too sketchy to make an impact. I had expected some insights, some depth, but was disappointed.
It seems to add nothing to the literary exploration of the Great War.


The Sound of Things Falling
The Sound of Things Falling
by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Falling apart, 14 Oct. 2013
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It's a disturbing novel; it shows the impact of outside events on an innocent person's life and the damage
done to society by uncontrolled and random violence.
The reader comes to share the narrator's obsession with the cause of his shooting and the life of Ricardo Laverde.
It's both compelling and chilling.


The Secret History of Costaguana
The Secret History of Costaguana
by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real story of "Costaguana", 10 Oct. 2013
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It's original, it's clever and the intimate style "now, Readers of the Jury" pulls the reader into the yarn.
Knowing something of the history of Colombia and the work of Joseph Conrad obviously enhances the reader's appreciation of the satirical elements. So it's funny and and sad at the same time.


House of Stone: a Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East
House of Stone: a Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East
by Anthony Shadid
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Memoir of Loss, 3 Dec. 2012
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It's a sad story. The people and the place seem lost and displaced by emigration and war. There is no coming home; there is no real restoration. The feuding between and within families bodes ill for the future; everything is falling apart. The reconstruction of the family home by Anthony Shadid is overshadowed by the knowledge of his death and that probably no-one will ever live there again. His honesty and frankness liven up the tale of woes: he gave it his best shot and will be remembered for his effort to reconnect to the "bayt" of his family and to the great grandfather of the Ottoman Empire. It's a very perceptive view of the state of Lebanon.


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