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Ulverton
Ulverton
by Adam Thorpe
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fascinating, 12 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Ulverton (Paperback)
There are so many different layers and strands of this dense book to enjoy. The language is marvellously evocative, although I really had to concentrate to get the full meaning and subtlety, I really loved the old fashioned language, it seemed so real. I have no idea if it actually was real old useage but it certainly felt like it.

Each chapter is a story in itself, and yet has connections to previous stories of maybe fifty years previously. Previous history is often wrongly interpreted by characters in later stories in quite clever ways. There is a fantastic sense of place, which is interesting to follow through history. I did feel like I got under the skin of some of the characters, and various scenes have really stuck with me.

I would also recommend "Kilvert's Diary" which is the real diary of a friendly country priest some time ago, for getting the feel of real lives past. (As Ulverton is a fictional book you can see how real it feels!)


The Kon-Tiki Expedition
The Kon-Tiki Expedition
by Thor Heyerdahl
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kon-Tiki Expedition, 11 Jan. 2007
I found this book in a charity shop, it has loads of black and white photographs, they all look so boyish and enjoying themselves tremendously, an amazing craft they have made, thank goodness they wern't dictated to by health and safety regulations in those days. Looks like a marvellous adventure, and for those who are interested in survival skills and adventure it looks like a brilliant read.


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