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The Indian Epics Retold
The Indian Epics Retold
by R K Narayan
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible interpretation that maintains the essence of the originals, 7 Aug. 2017
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A truly superb and accessible rendition of the Hindu epics. Summaries the stories without losing the essence of the original and it's a great opportunity to read the story without feeling overwhelmed. The cast list at the beginning of each story is very useful although I found I didn't need to refer to this too often as the footnotes explain the name changes. The author presents some brief reviews at the end of each tale. I really love the way the Mahabarrata contextualises the Gita, there is so much more background to the story than simply Arjuna defending his brother's right to the throne not to mention the explanation of how Arjuna acquires his renowned warrior status and the major role his wife plays in the story.


Illuminations from the Bhagavad-Gita
Illuminations from the Bhagavad-Gita
by Kim Murray
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful Illustrations and Clever Summary of the Gita, 7 Aug. 2017
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Beautiful book. I bought this having been shown the brand new version by my teacher. The brand new one has a 6 week lead time for delivery and I didn't want to wait that long. This is a fabulous item for any age, the illustrations are glorious and it very cleverly summaries the essence of the Gita. A lovely addition to my collection of Gitas and one that I regularly refer to for inspiration.


TARP TARPAULIN 7.0M X 9.0M (23 x 30') GREEN WATERPROOF COVER BOAT/CAR
TARP TARPAULIN 7.0M X 9.0M (23 x 30') GREEN WATERPROOF COVER BOAT/CAR
Offered by Gardener's Dream Ltd
Price: £30.39

1.0 out of 5 stars Paid for next day delivery but received item 2 days ..., 7 Aug. 2017
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Paid for next day delivery but received item 2 days after purchase. Item was well packed and appeared well made although perhaps a little flimsy. Sadly item is not waterproof however, I think the listing should more accurately say that it's water resistant. Unfortunately I bought on the basis that it was waterproof so have had to return.


Yoga Mat Companion 1: Standing Poses
Yoga Mat Companion 1: Standing Poses
by Ray Long
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and attainable with excellent diagrams. Goes into enough details to make it ..., 8 Mar. 2017
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Clear and attainable with excellent diagrams. Goes into enough details to make it relevant and useful without bombarding you with unnecessary information. Best yoga anatomy books I have come across, shame they are so expensive though.


coai 108 Mala 6mm Amazonite Bead Elastic String Buddhist Prayer Bracelet
coai 108 Mala 6mm Amazonite Bead Elastic String Buddhist Prayer Bracelet
Offered by COAI STORE
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bracelet in perfect gift box, 22 Aug. 2016
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I bought this for a friend's birthday, the bracelet is beautiful, much nicer than the photo and it arrived really promptly in a lovely gift box. Suitable for male or female it actually looks more expensive than it is.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Goggles for Looks and Performance, 18 May 2015
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These ski goggles are absolutely gorgeous. They are quite large however, they touch my helmet when worn. There is no compromise on peripheral vision and no issues with fogging. They also seemed to disperse rain/snow more quickly than my friend's goggles. Very comfortable and provide excellent definition in bright conditions - not quite so great when overcast though. So comfortable you almost forget you are wearing them and they look absolutely amazing.


HELL BUNNY Kitsch 50s DRESS MAY DAY Rockabilly Vintage Floral XS 8
HELL BUNNY Kitsch 50s DRESS MAY DAY Rockabilly Vintage Floral XS 8
Offered by ripleys clothing
Price: £37.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous dress ideal for Petite Ladies/Teens, 18 May 2015
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Beautiful dress. Bought for my daughter who is really a size 6. The dress comes up small which was what I wanted. Colours are vivid and the style is stunning. Good quality cotton, it was a little creased from packaging but a quick iron sorted this out. Looks lovely with our without a petticoat.


Large Removal Cardboard Boxes - Pack of 10 - 20 x 20 x 20" - Double Wall
Large Removal Cardboard Boxes - Pack of 10 - 20 x 20 x 20" - Double Wall
Offered by Packaging.Products.Direct
Price: £20.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Well made packaging, 18 May 2015
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Heavy duty cardboard boxes, very sturdy, true to size and fit for purpose.


Random Acts of Senseless Violence (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Random Acts of Senseless Violence (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Price: £2.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly different dystopian tale, 7 April 2014
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Womack's story of a near future world on the brink of disaster is cleverly told through the pages of a 12 year old school girl's diary. Covering just a few months Lola tells of the changes she experiences in her home town Manhattan, having to move from her comfortable middle class suburban apartment to a rough part of the city and being shunned by her classmates for her assumed lesbian proclivity Lola is the only one of her family who does what she needs to do to survive - she adapts. Her younger sister, whom we know used to be close to her sister, becomes more and more unable to cope fearing not only the changing world outside but also her own sister. Lola's x-hippie style parents; a kind and loving but self-medicating mother and a father who now has to work long hours at a local bookstore for a merciless tyrant, have, we are told, not been good with money and it is hinted they may be partially to blame for the denuded circumstances that the Hart family find themselves in. The apparent acceptance and weakness of the other family members serves to enhance Lola's strength, as she makes new friends within the rough 'street' neighbourhood and learns that things are not going to go back to how they are anytime soon. The use of the diary form enables us to view the action in the past tense but also gives us access to Lola's true feelings and fears and reminds us that she is a 12 year old girl, something which it is easy to forget as you hear how she spends her days with little parental supervision and often in situations where her safety is threatened as the society around her descends into chaos and anarchy.

The changes in Lola's character as her survival instincts take over and she sets to right some of the wrongs done to her are reinforced by the degeneration of the language she uses but Womack does this deftly and you don't find yourself struggling to much with the recurring phrases and abbreviated sentence constructions. I particularly liked the use of people going 'post office' which she later explains is a bit like when someone working in a post office goes crazy and kills everyone! There are many other gems to look out for. Definitely a good choice for a book club read.


The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 1)
The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 1)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lack of literary talent or poor translation?, 10 Mar. 2014
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As a book club choice this was definitely one I wouldn't have selected to read. Despite the potentially interesting plot line the novel is completely destroyed by the style of writing which is at best juvenile and for the most part utterly cringeworthy.

Lackberg's observations about how people furnish their homes with rosettes and gold fringing, drive their cars, answer their doorbells, wear their clothes and style their hair are trite and banal. The characters' speak mostly in a forced and unrealistic manner and the text is littered with cliches and unimaginative descriptions.

A large number of different characters are woven into the storyline and it's not always easy to see why they have been included. On the other hand a few characters who appear to have a fairly major role in the proceedings seem to disappear later on - Anna's husband for instance.

There are a few clues to the identity of the murderer but the reason behind the murder isn't revealed until very close to the end, which is possibly the only good thing I have to say about this book.

I can only hope that Lackberg has been done a great disservice by the translator and that her Swedish original is a lot more entertaining to read than this is.
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