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La profe de español: Learn Spanish by Reading
La profe de español: Learn Spanish by Reading
by Juan Fernández
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good way to learn more Spanish, 2 Dec. 2016
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Our teacher recommended this to our Spanish language class and we are having great fun with it. It is an amusing story about a rather unconventional Spanish langauge teacher at a language school in Spain and we love reading it aloud. Juan Fernandez has created a whole group of characters whom we recognise and,yes, even identify with some of them. He manages to bring in a lot of vocabulary for everyday situations and also at the same time cleverly introduces some grammatical points and explanations. The exercises after each chapter are also very helpful and inspire our own conversations round the class as we try to answer the questions. It's a really good way to learn more Spanish.....


Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge
Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge
by Rainer Maria Rilke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.16

4.0 out of 5 stars A new edition of Rilke's novel, 6 Aug. 2015
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This is a new edition (2009) from Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag of Rilke's famous novel.It contains not only the text itself. but some additional material relating to earlier versions of the beginning and ending. There is also a chronological table of Rilke's life and works and a short commentary on the novel from KIndlers Literatur Lexikon by Dorothea Lauterbach. The cover shows Rodin's famous statue of "The Thinker" which is very well-chosen as the novel is really a series of reflections on Rilke's own experiences in Paris, where he was for a time Rodin's secretary. He adopts the persona of Malte Laurids Brigge, a young Danish nobleman, to explore his encounters with the poor people of Paris and his own existential search for a meaning and purpose in life. Appalled by the poverrty and loss of human dignity that he sees in Paris, Malte begins to look back on his life, re-visiting some experiences of the supernatural in his early childhood, and trying to work out his own identity and poetic role. The final section is a re-interpretation of the Parable of the Prodigal Son as " einer, der nicht geliebt werden wollte" ( someone who didn't wish to be loved). It is not an easy read and some of the allusions are now very obscure, but it gives us an insight into Rilke's own thought-processes and sheds some light onto some of his poetry from this era (1906-1910).


The Poems of Robert Southey
The Poems of Robert Southey
by MAURICE H. FITZGERALD
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I was very pleased with this, 31 Mar. 2015
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I was very pleased with this. Although slightly damaged and somewhat worn ( which I knew when ordering) it does contain most of Southey's major works, including his long poem about his pilgrimage to Waterloo in 1815 after the battle. I was particularly anxious to have a copy of this poem for my own research purposes. There is also an Editorial Preface in defence of Southey and a biographical table detailing the important dates in his life.


The Lancashire Witches - A Romance of Pendle Forest
The Lancashire Witches - A Romance of Pendle Forest
by William Harrison Ainsworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware this discovery of witches !!!, 3 Oct. 2012
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This is a reprint of Harrison Ainsworth's famous novel. Based on the historic accounts documenting the witchcraft trials held at Lancaster in 1612, it weaves all the people involved into a highly fanciful interpretation of the events and reads in parts like a Gothic horror story.It paints a really lurid picture of Pendle Forest which has done much to perpetuate the superstitions and legends regarding the witches' sabbaths and devil worship that are supposed to have taken place there. To be fair, Ainsworth does call it "a romance", and if you want an example of this particular genre highly charged with supernatural occurences you will not be disappointed. It's a good yarn, but if you are looking for something that seeks to explore and explain the background to the persecution of several poor old women in the early 17th century, this is not the book for you. Beware, too, Ainsworth's attempts at Lancashire dialect. You may need an interpreter !


The Divine Comedy (Oxford World's Classics)
The Divine Comedy (Oxford World's Classics)
by Dante Alighieri
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Comedy is divine !!!!, 21 Jan. 2011
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Having developed an interest in all things Italian recently I wanted to acquaint myself with this masterpiece of Italian, and indeed world, literature, but as I do not know Italian sufficiently well to read it in the original, I was looking for a scholarly translation which would help me. While I cannot claim to have read the whole of Dante's great work as yet, I can say that this edition is very good value. It is beautifully presented and there is a superb introduction which explains the background and the intricacies of Dante's poetry. I can thoroughly recommend this edition to anyone who, like me, wishes to accompany the great Italian poet on his journey through the Inferno to Purgatory and then to Paradise.
Margo
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