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In Other Words
In Other Words
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Embarassing self centered book about learning difficulties, 5 Mar. 2016
This review is from: In Other Words (Hardcover)
This embarassing book is a self centered discussion of the difficulties of learning a language as an adult. Lahiri lived in Rome when she wrote it, but Rome and the Italians don't appear in her book at all. It's all about soul searching and her struggles with grammar: that might be of interest for her Italian teacher or therapist, but not for readers.The monologues, all in breathless present tense, tend to repeat themselves by keeping on arid technical issues. The chioce to print (and make us pay) for a bilingual edition which is useless for most readers is a narcissistic, annoying choice. We must all pay for and be aware that Lahiri writes in Italian.


The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
by Katarina Bivald
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, two dimensional book, 8 Aug. 2015
The book is boring and the stereotyped charachters are 2 dimensional. The bookish theme is tiresome. The books that get
mentioned are all safe big names (starting with Bridget Jones). There's no convincing book loving touch to it. I've never been to Iowa
but the book seems to play on cliches.


The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
by Denis Theriault
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and thought provoking, 27 Oct. 2014
Highly original and beautifully written book. It's a love story, based on love for poetry. It's one of those rare books which can't be put down and make you want to share its beauty.


In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Cultural History of Naples
In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Cultural History of Naples
by Jordan Lancaster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and boring history book, 29 July 2014
The book aims at covering 2000 years in 200 odd pages, and as such is inevitably shallow. Personally I couldn't see
why it was written in the first place, I can't see how it adds to the previous books on the subject of Naples. The inaccuracies mentioned by other reviewer are really embarassing (queen Marie Antoinette's 'photograph' as a highlight).


Sightlines
Sightlines
by Kathleen Jamie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing second book, 13 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Sightlines (Paperback)
" Bats- a cluster of whom, like a scrunch of black pubic hair, hang from the roof above" (p. 165). I'm not keen on the poetic style. Jamie's first book was brilliant: this one, unfortunately, has very little to say. She visied distant , presumably
special places but she makes them sound boring, like any tourist report, and the beautiful style of her first book is lost.


Shoshana Eden - reminiscences from the Shtetl: Paintings that are stories
Shoshana Eden - reminiscences from the Shtetl: Paintings that are stories
by Shoshana Eden
Edition: Unknown Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original and beautiful paintings, 8 Feb. 2014
The paintings are beautiful. Very colourful and full of fine detail, they offer a refreshing, personal look at the shtetl life. Shoemakers and tailors get centre stage
along with touching family life scenes. The painter concentrated a lot on women and children and the paintings offer a very personal and detailed view at shtel life in the 1920s. A pity it's out of print, but while waiting for a copy to turn up
it's always possible to see the paintings on the web


Sculptor's Daughter: A Childhood Memoir
Sculptor's Daughter: A Childhood Memoir
by Tove Jansson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.98

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This isn't a memoir, 18 Jan. 2014
This book is misleadingly described as a memoir, which it isn't. It's a collection of unrelated short stories, most of them anecdotal and hardly inform about the author's early life and background. Some of the stories are beautifully written, but still it's not what is said on the tin. The lengthy introduction makes that very clear even before you find it out for yourself.


My Brilliant Friend: 1
My Brilliant Friend: 1
by Elena Ferrante
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

13 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A repetitive chronicle of abuse and violence, 1 Dec. 2013
This review is from: My Brilliant Friend: 1 (Paperback)
The book's main theme isn't female friendship, it's mainly concerned with domestic abuse and male dominance and violence. I found the book boring and depressing, and left it mid way. Personally I think Ferrante's writing is much overrated. The style is impersonal and the story drags on from one scene of violence and missed opportunity to the next.
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Gossip from the Forest: The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales: A Search for the Hidden Roots of Our Fairytales
Gossip from the Forest: The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales: A Search for the Hidden Roots of Our Fairytales
by Sara Maitland
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and thought provoking, 14 Dec. 2012
A most beautiful, original and interesting book. It's full of interesting information and beautiful descriptions of forests, which are a pleasure to read and make you wish visiting in person.The book deals with forests' history,the people who lived and live in them and how forests affect them and people in general. From the "free miners' to mushroom expert it brings many intersting aspects of how humans and forests affected each other. The book contains retelling of many fairytales (mainly from a minor charachter's point of view) and these are jems: beautifully written, highly original and thought provoking. It's not often that you see such an original and well written book.


Walking Home
Walking Home
Price: £5.69

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A very boring book, 14 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Walking Home (Kindle Edition)
This is a dreary description of a journey. It doesn't contain lively descriptions of the scenery nor the people along the way, who all appear two dimensional and vague. Basically it's
a boring logbook of a man who went on a very long and tiring trip. I couldn't find any point of interest in it: it seems that the author wasn't very interested in it too.


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