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The Quickening Maze
3.14
I was attracted by the idea of this book - essentially about John Clare one of my favourite poets, set in the asylum period which could prove interest...more
Sep 2010
Sep 24, 2010
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
4.21
"Half of a yellow sun" tells the story of the Nigerian/Biafra conflict through the eyes of two Igbo sisters, a houseboy, a professor and an Englishman...more
Aug 2010
Sep 24, 2010
 
Last and First Men/Star Maker
3.94
Have to agree with all of your comments. I first read this when I was younger and it did blow my mind. The range over time and the scope of the work i...more
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Oct 02, 2010
 
The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy
3.74
This book is about the life of Lionel Logue and his relationship with King George VI and the effect he had on the future King's ability to speak confi...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
 
Freedom
3.68
**spoiler alert** I'm looking forward to reading this book since I so enjoyed Corrections.......

Well now I've finished it and want to relax into refle...more
Oct 15, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.92
The Time Traveler's Wife

We read this book at our Reading group in France a couple of year's ago. I was surprised at the group's response because there...more
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Sep 24, 2010
 
Labyrinth (Languedoc Trilogy, #1)
3.49
Pretty awful. Perhaps a little better than Dan Brown in scope & execution but, of course, that's not saying much.

Preferred the material dwelling o...more
Nov 05, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
 
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
3.80
I once acted in a powerful production of Brecht's satirical masterpiece in, of all places, Kampala, Uganda

I suppose the play can be summarised as foll...more
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Oct 02, 2010
 
Under Milk Wood
4.15
Well I'm from Swansea and know intimately the streets that Dylan Thomas walked so perhaps I'm prejudiced a little in his favour. But the work speaks f...more
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Oct 12, 2010
 
Atlas Shrugged
3.66
This is a ground-shaker of a book. If anyone needs some kind of re-examination of themselves and how we could/should be running the world, then I'd su...more
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Sep 30, 2010
 
Lolita
3.85
When I read this book I was expecting to be shocked. For this is after all the story of a middle age obsession with very young girls (or "nymphets") a...more
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Sep 24, 2010
 
Brighton Rock
3.73
Interesting re-read. Must have read this first when I was in college but it was not as good as other Greene novels I was reading at the time.............more
Oct 30, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
 
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
3.70
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

I think one of the most influencial books I have ever read. Whilst it purports to be a novel and is certainly told as a st...more
Jan 2005
Sep 24, 2010
 
Last Year at Marienbad: Text for the Film by Alain Resnais
4.28
This is my favourite film of all time. I went to see it in the 60s whilst at University in Cardiff. I was with some friends, all of us interested in f...more
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Oct 03, 2010
 
Shooting an Elephant
4.09
I first read this when I was in school and subsequently taught it when I became a Lecturer. I found almost all of my students were able to like and a...more
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Oct 02, 2010
 
A Journal of the Plague Year
3.53
Very interesting Fiction/Fact recollection of the Plague and its effects on London and its immediate population. Convincing, detailed - a must read fo...more
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
 
Discovering Gurdjieff
4.33
I knew Dorothy Phillpotts as a teacher of/for the Gurdjieff movement or the Fourth Way. I was in the Cardiff group which was led by George & Dorot...more
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Sep 30, 2010
 
The Gathering
2.97
Not altogether my cup of tea. Found it tedious at times and the writing less than stimulating. And was it believable?
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Oct 12, 2010
 
Self-Consciousness
3.89
I really appreciated the revelations by Updike in this informed and informal description of his growing-up from childhood to beyond. When I read it, I...more
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Oct 15, 2010
 
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
4.37
Love the poem by Robert Frost. I can't read it without feeling very moved. This illustration for children is true to the work and beautifully done. Re...more
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Oct 02, 2010
 
The Lacuna
3.72
A fascinating read. I read this as part of a book group. There was all-round praise & admiration for her writing & story-telling skills. I fou...more
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Nov 04, 2011
 
Mister Pip
3.65
Very enjoyable book to read. This was a choice for the Book club I belong to and was received well by everyone. It's an engaging story and for lovers...more
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Sep 27, 2010
 
Villages
3.20
At times serious & passionate and at times very funny, this is a good read for all Updike fans. I am definitely one of those - having read many of...more
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Oct 15, 2010
 
Brave New World
3.92
Frighteningly good. A brilliant observation of what may still be our future...some say we're moving towards this inevitability and the seeds are alrea...more
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Sep 24, 2010
 
Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels
4.29
Wonderful series of books which I want to re-read they were so good. But then he's a brilliant writer and observer of life..........
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Oct 15, 2010
 
Summertime
3.73
Very interesting structure and approach to his "biography"......Want to finish it now.........
Nov 04, 2011
Sep 28, 2010
 
Collected Poems
4.20
For revelations & insights into life as it should be lived, read this man's work!
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Nov 05, 2011
 
The Blind Assassin
3.92
Atwood at her very best......stimulating the brain in ways one couldn't imagine......
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Jan 20, 2012
 
The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay, #1)
3.59
Love this book. It's quaint, quirky and very British by nature. You'll love it!
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Nov 05, 2011
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.71
Actually I think its so bad I should have given it no rating at all...........
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Sep 24, 2010
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