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Scaramouche
4.06
it was amazing
If you've never read any Rafael Sabatini, then I urge you to do so. He writes historical novels that are at least as good as Sir Walter Scott's, if no ...more
Mar 13, 2008
Feb 04, 2008
 
The Mayor of Casterbridge
3.80
it was amazing
This was one of six books that I had to read for English Literature 'O' Level. Of the six it was the only one I enjoyed; and let me say I really enjoy ...more
Apr 1985
Jan 26, 2008
 
The Vicar of Wakefield
3.47
really liked it
The ups and downs of life for an 18th century English vicar. It's all pulled together very well, is relatively short (always a bonus) and contains som ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 21, 2008
 
Vanity Fair
3.76
really liked it
It couldn't have been this exact edition I read, this having been published in 2003 and myself having read it around 1984 or 1985. My brother was the ...more
not set
Jun 16, 2008
 
Desperate Remedies
3.73
liked it
The first extant Hardy novel and possibly the longest. There are the typical Hardy flourishes in places and the usual evocation of the west country in ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2008
 
Typee
3.52
liked it
Two young sailors get marooned in the Marquesas. Their various adventures are recounted in the novel. It deals with times and places that are now lost ...more
not set
Feb 21, 2008
 
Ivanhoe
3.75
it was amazing
I can not stress this enough - if you have, for any reason, ever been told that Scott is not worth reading, don't listen. He all but invented the hist ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2008
 
Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels
4.08
it was ok
Three novels in one volume, of which I have finished The Pursuit of Love. This first in the collection is the story of Linda through the eyes of her c ...more
Feb 10, 2008
Feb 04, 2008
 
Wuthering Heights
3.82
it was ok
This has a very high reputation and I'm not about to affect that, particularly after over 150 years of popularity.

I must say, though, that I didn't re
...more
Apr 2009
Apr 28, 2009
 
Cold Comfort Farm
3.92
it was amazing
One of my all time favourites. Just what was seen in the woodshed? How is it that a farm in Sussex could breed the people in this book? Why was this s ...more
not set
Jan 1990
not set
May 11, 2009
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.04
it was amazing
No doubt this would be described as Marquez's masterpiece and with justification. Follow several generations of a family in a remote corner of South A ...more
not set
Jan 1992
not set
May 11, 2009
 
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
3.74
While this may be a cock and bull story it has lasted and is still being read, contrary to what Dr. Johnson thought would happen to it. His stuff is l ...more
Jan 1984
Jun 10, 2009
 
Under the Greenwood Tree
3.68
really liked it
If Hardy seems daunting to anyone, being a little heavy at times, then this woiuld be a good novel to start with. It can best be described as Hardy li ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2008
 
Two on a Tower
3.69
really liked it
A sometimes overlooked Hardy that was really quite exceptional in its own way. There's not as much drama as in some of his other works, but it is a wo ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2008
 
A Pair of Blue Eyes
3.74
really liked it
Interesting because it is a thinly veiled fictional account of how Hardy met his first wife.
not set
Nov 24, 2008
 
Isaac Babel: Collected Stories
4.23
really liked it
This collection has all the Red Cavalry stories, as well as several quasi-autobiobraphical short stories. Both Babel and the translator of this public ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 10, 2008
 
The Swiss Family Robinson
3.92
really liked it
I like this translation. It is, though, a little odd, because there are penguins co-existing with jackals and monkeys, lobsters and many other exotic ...more
not set
Feb 21, 2008
 
The Monk
3.80
really liked it
Twisted. Good, twisted though.
not set
Nov 24, 2008
 
The Scarlet Pimpernel
4.06
really liked it
Not quite a five star book, but very close. Classic adventure yarn, with which I've been familiar throughout my life more or less. Have seen several s ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 14, 2008
 
The Adventures of Robin Hood
4.06
really liked it
Quasi-historical account of the great English hero. All the well-known escapades of Robin Hood and his merry men (and women) are retold in this author ...more
Apr 2008
Feb 04, 2008
 
Moby-Dick or, The Whale
3.47
it was amazing
A small confession - I don't usually like 19th century American literature - here is a definite exception. This is tremendous writing from a man who t ...more
not set
May 10, 2008
 
The Decameron
3.86
liked it
Like you don't know. This is ten stories told by ten friends on a Florentine night. Some are excellent, others rather inconsequential. The translation ...more
Jan 2003
Jun 23, 2008
 
Crime and Punishment
4.18
it was amazing
I doubt if anyone could have anything new to say about this classic from nineteenth century Russia. In a word it is superb. I'd say it was Dostoevsky ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2008
 
Tales of the Greek Heroes: Retold From the Ancient Authors
3.94
it was amazing
This runs from the time of the Titans up to the ascension of Heracles to Mount Olympus. Green put together a rough chronology of events in the legends ...more
Oct 2008
Sep 30, 2008
 
Heidi
3.97
really liked it
Probably better for the younger reader, even if it is a delightful tale of a Swiss mountain girl, apparently well-known through the Television. As wit ...more
Feb 21, 2008
Feb 04, 2008
 
The Tale of Troy: Retold from the Ancient Authors
3.77
it was amazing
Green's treatment of the Troy legends makes them come alive. It also orders the various disparate sources in a roughly correct chronological order, so ...more
not set
Feb 2009
Feb 10, 2009
 
Tess Of The D'Urbervilles
3.77
it was amazing
Thomas Hardy is, without a doubt, my all time favourite author. Tess Durbeyfield is a heroine he treats roughly from beginning to end, but her tale is ...more
Jan 1991
Jun 23, 2008
 
Robinson Crusoe
3.66
liked it
The first half, where Crusoe establishes himself on his deserted island is excellent. His meeting with friday, evasion of cannibals etc. The second ha ...more
Jan 2002
Nov 24, 2008
 
Chapman's Homer: The Iliad and The Odyssey (Classics of World Literature)
4.03
it was ok
Unless you really like antiquated poetry I would suggest this volume be avoided. The prolixity of Chapman detracts from the stories of both ther Iliad ...more
Jan 2001
Oct 02, 2008
 
The Mabinogion
3.95
really liked it
Fairy land or Anywn (sp?) from the Welsh perspective.

Many of the characters would be familiar from Arthurian and other legends and the tales told are
...more
Feb 2009
Feb 12, 2009
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