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Zicac Mens Top Designed Casual Slim Fit Skinny dress vest Waistcoat (Tag XL(UK:M), Grey)
Zicac Mens Top Designed Casual Slim Fit Skinny dress vest Waistcoat (Tag XL(UK:M), Grey)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 17 Dec. 2015
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Bought the XL size according to the recommendation for British sizes, but still too small.


Pompeii
Pompeii
by Robert Harris
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a thriller - a convincing time capsule - a book to treasure, 8 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Pompeii (Hardcover)
The mark of a good thriller is surely that it keeps you up late at night turning the pages. The mark of a good novel is surely that you, too, feel yourself living through its characters and in its settings.
On these points Mr Harris scores highly and for me Pompeii will be a book to treasure always.
The research Mr Harris has done shows in his attention to detail, period, place and people. Emotionally, I was gripped as the sense of brooding menace became increasingly palpable. And the pure horror reserved for the final chapters leaves me shaken within as if had lived through some part of this human tragedy.
To attempt to find some contemporary allegorical meaning within the story may well be just as futile as man's belief that he is somehow above the awesome power of natural forces. Suffice to say, that this is a human story woven around true events: the reader should be content with finding meaning in enduring human traits (whether it be 79 A.D. or now) such as courage, cowardice, corruption and nobility of spirit.
Apart from that, you will be offered a window on a lost world, caught in time much as the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum are today. And, of course, every bit as captivating a thriller as Fatherland - albeit very different in subject matter.


Dorian: An Imitation
Dorian: An Imitation
by Will Self
Edition: Hardcover

38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On no account lock away this work of art in the attic!, 7 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Dorian: An Imitation (Hardcover)
My head reels! I have, of course, just finished reading Will Self's "Dorian" and he's smarter than smart can be!
"Dorian - an Imitation" is so much more than simply the retelling of one of our most famous and terrifying modern fables.
Self has not only retold Oscar Wilde's 'Picture of Dorian Gray', and done this with great panache, dexterity and originality, but has taken it some way further as well. While many will (think) they know what to expect from the plot, there are plenty of new ports of call to keep the most jaded reader wide awake.
Self has transposed the characters of the original to the London of the 1980s and 1990s. And in so doing, Self gives glorious attention to detail: Dorian Gray's progress from callow youth to shallow monster, his 'mentor' Henry Wotton, the cynical yet perspicacious, bisexual drug-fiend aristo, his somewhat dippy but devoted wife 'Batface', the wrinkled old queen 'The Ferret' (like a human embodiment of the Dormouse from Alice in Wonderland) who keeps falling asleep and to whom they keep feeding drugs... and a convincing cast of many other lowlifes and highbrows.
Impressive, too, is the detail (psychological and social) of (a sector of) the homosexual world of the period, the disease and subculture of AIDS and (of course, Mr Self) drug taking. I write as a not totally unworldly gay man with HIV and feel that Self has achieved an, at times, uncomfortable and poignant accuracy.
At the novel's climax, as ever, Self has more cards up his sleeve than we realise. We're kept on the edge of our seats to the end - our brains reeling on the roller coaster of (!self-) revelation right to last full stop.
I found this book shocking, loathsome, chilling, gruesome and (consequently) totally compelling. Even at its most grotesque (or perhaps, perversely, because of it) it has credibility - the hallmarks of truth. Enough to make you feel exposed as though your own picture were on view because it is so very vivid.
Indeed the book has a very visual, filmic quality about its writing - almost as if it were the screenplay for a movie. Perhaps, (like the video art installation of Dorian Gray itself) the book partly reflects the way that art and entertainment now centres its focus and importance on the medium of the moving image.
Be that as it may, like all good fiction/art, it holds up a mirror to the truth about any of us, so how can we help but leer back at it and make comparisons? For it is "the spectator and not life that art really mirrors" as Oscar Wilde states in his preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray".
Indeed, let's give Wilde the last word seeing as that's where this story began. "The artist is the creator of beautiful things" he says at the start. Self has certainly done that in this version - even if the subject matter might make that seem otherwise.
Buy it. Read it. And shiver!
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