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Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home
3.65
I adore books about books - and when I saw a Guardian Book Review of this book, I was interested. Unfortunately this book is not so much a book about ...more
Jun 10, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
 
The Highly Sensitive Person
3.87
Coming to this from Cain's "Quiet", I could not help compare & contrast the two. This one should be better suited to my personality as it addresse ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
 
The Art Book
3.79
This book is nearly 20 years old and it shows. The selection of artists is flawed and shows a peculiar bias towards female nudes - even by artists for ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 02, 2014
 
My Ideal Bookshelf
3.71
This book felt like all those painful parties I spent hanging out with pseudo-intellectual wanna-be poets in my mid-20s. We'd try to impress each othe ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
 
The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life
3.46
I thought this was just lovely. Some overlaps between Miller's taste in books & mine ("Atomised"? Yes, I loved it too!) didn't hurt, but mainly it ...more
Dec 24, 2014
Dec 25, 2014
 
London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets
3.39
I have always struggled with Ackroyd's books - mainly his fiction, though - and this non-fiction was no exception. I always get this feeling there und ...more
May 28, 2012
May 21, 2012
 
The Knitting Book
4.36
I was asked to do some pattern editing for this book and so I received an advance copy. I am very, very glad to be (very vaguely) associated with this ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
 
Poetic Artifice: A Theory Of Twentieth Century Poetry
4.11
This book changed the way I read poetry. Simple as that.
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Sep 18, 2011
 
1913: The Year Before the Storm
3.73
Excellent read. Had a few quibbles about the translation - spotted a few places where I found the lack of allusion to contemporary English-languaged p ...more
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 13, 2014
 
The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies
4.13
Uneven. The first section is great - the early years of American cinema and the representation of homosexuality. Russo is informed and congenial. Late ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jul 17, 2011
 
A Short History of Myth
3.68
On page 4 or 5 of the book and what do I spot? "looking into the heart of silence". Total geek moment.

The book is short, interesting but falters a bit
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Aug 03, 2013
Aug 02, 2013
 
The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
3.91
Absolutely enjoyed the linguistic discussions - after a while I did begin to skim the sections on various archaeological sites as of much less interes ...more
Sep 11, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
 
The Choice of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty and the Good Life in the 21st Century
3.69
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Oct 09, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
 
The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry
3.84
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Jul 18, 2011
 
Poetics
3.78
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Jul 18, 2011
 
The Rise of the Novel
3.77
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Jul 18, 2011
 
ABC of Reading
3.95
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Jul 18, 2011
 
Illuminations
4.33
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Jul 20, 2011
 
Modernism: A Guide to European Literature 1890-1930
3.89
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Jul 20, 2011
 
The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition
4.08
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Jul 20, 2011
 
Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism
3.94
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Jul 20, 2011
 
Writing and Difference
3.95
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Jul 20, 2011
 
The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures
3.67
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Jul 20, 2011
 
A Poetics of Postmodernism
3.85
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Jul 20, 2011
 
The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts
3.93
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Jul 20, 2011
 
The Pound Era
4.42
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Jul 20, 2011
 
The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age
3.71
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Jul 20, 2011
 
Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics and the Study of Literature
3.72
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Jul 20, 2011
 
Postmodernist Fiction
3.95
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Jul 20, 2011
 
The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing 1450-1800
4.06
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Jul 20, 2011
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