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A Short Gentleman
A Short Gentleman
by Jon Canter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars failed the 50 page test, 11 May 2014
This review is from: A Short Gentleman (Paperback)
When reading a novel I always stop at page 50 and ask myself -do I want to carry on reading this book or have I got better things to do?
In this case the latter.it is fairly well written and quite punchy and urgent in style . I think the it is very well observed and true to a certain English way of life . I shared a flat once with someone very like the leading character.
However there are two insurmountable problems . The humour is clunkily obvious and coarse - like a weak pastiche of Tom Sharpe. And Robert Purcell the leading character (he is certainly not a hero) is very disagreeable to spend time with . He is an emotionally clueless snob . I don't want him on the page in front of me and I absolutely do not want him occupying any space in my head.


Westwood (Vintage Classics)
Westwood (Vintage Classics)
by Stella Gibbons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars tepid,weak and far too long, 7 Jan. 2013
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have just ploughed through 448 pages of this rather watery and mediocre novel. Its far too long and and who can care about a plain and dithery heroine who all the other characters view as rather dull and only really fit for baby sitting duties. the humour and this is supposed to be a comedy is tepid at best. Just not in the same league as other writers of the period - Graham Greene,Evelyn Waugh, George Orwell.


The Power of The Ring - Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Opera House
The Power of The Ring - Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Opera House
by Gary Kahn
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really worth the money, 26 Oct. 2012
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I'm going to the Royal Opera House production of the Ring Cycle starting tonight and bought this rather expensive paperback to get some background. First of all you need to have a very thorough knowledge of the Ring cycle to make sense of this book.Many the reviews of the production have said it is overloaded with ideas and reading the interview with Keith Warner the Director you get the same feeling. There were some paragraphs where I had no clear idea what he was getting at. The design of the book , reissued from 2007,now feels very dated. It is frustrating that most of the photographs are not captioned so we don't know what they represent, who is in them, how they are linked to the text etc. I spotted a couple of typos,inexcusable in a re-issue. I think I would have been better advised to simply buy the programme on the night and read the Michael Tanner biography of Wagner instead.


Man in the Dark
Man in the Dark
by Paul Auster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Well written but dreary, 3 Aug. 2011
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We chose this for our Book Discussion Group and opinion was divided - either brilliant or rubbish. My vote is that this is not that great - creaky plot, depressing subject matter and most definitely don't try and read it on a trip to the beach!


Star of the Sea
Star of the Sea
by Joseph O'Connor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb novel, 20 Jan. 2011
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Up to now I thought there could not be a better novelist in Eire than John Banville but maybe I am mistaken.This is a very powerful and well written novel. But it is a harrowing read be warned!


Berlin Noir ('March Violets', 'The Pale Criminal' and 'A German Requiem') (Penguin Crime/Mystery)
Berlin Noir ('March Violets', 'The Pale Criminal' and 'A German Requiem') (Penguin Crime/Mystery)
by Philip Kerr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.04

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars totally addictive!, 1 Sept. 2010
Starting reading this on the train back from Berlin via Koln and Brussels last sunday and just can't put it down. Gripping and excellent!


Zen Omnibus: "Ratking", "Vendetta", "Cabal" (An Aurelio Zen Mystery)
Zen Omnibus: "Ratking", "Vendetta", "Cabal" (An Aurelio Zen Mystery)
by Michael Dibdin
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars highly enjoyable, 1 Sept. 2010
i agree with above a great summer read particularly if you are travelling in Italy


Cabaret
Cabaret
by Lisa Appignanesi
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable, 12 July 2010
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As far as I can tell this is the only available general history of Cabaret, so its utterly indispensable and furthermore a very entertaining read. Please note the paperback illustrations are in black and white, If i had known that I would have bought the hardback where they are in glorious colour and the cover is much more pleasing.


Manicare Sleeping Mask
Manicare Sleeping Mask

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not impressed, 12 July 2010
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This product is not worth the money. The straps are adjustable in a very primitive way and one of the straps came off immediately and it was too fiddly to put back. Not reccomended


Something Dangerous
Something Dangerous
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 14 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Something Dangerous (Audio CD)
I love Natacha Atlas but this is not her best. To get the best idea of her, get the 'Best of...' album instead, that is superb


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