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Swedish for Beginners- a novel (contemporary fiction set in Sweden) (English Edition)
Swedish for Beginners- a novel (contemporary fiction set in Sweden) (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 2,99

4.0 von 5 Sternen Pleasant, enjoyable read, 15. Februar 2015
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The plot was a bit predictable and I must admit that I didn't find the main character particularly pleasant, but I enjoyed it, loved the descriptions of the people and places. Nice read for a winter evening!


To Romania With Love (English Edition)
To Romania With Love (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 5,95

3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting in its own way, 15. Februar 2015
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In my opinion, this is less a love story and more a study of the curiosity of human attraction. Tessa Dunlop goes to Romania as an 18-year-old to work as a volunteer, meets a gifted 12-year-old called Vlad, whom she helps by facilitating a scholarship to allow him study a term at a Scottish boarding school. Five years later, she returns to Romania as a young adult, falls in love with the 17-year-old Vlad and pretty much ... well, frog-marches him into a relationship. She refers to him constantly as her "boy" or her "manboy": She describes her interest in him as "crazy" or "obsessive". She bosses him around, organises his life, travels to Romania where she talks at his relatives - and the book winds on with a sense of foreboding. Given the tenor of their rather immature arguments, I was pretty certain I knew the end of the book long before I hit the middle - but was I right to fear the worst? Read it yourself and find out!

The book is a bit slow-paced in places and it hops from the perspective of the writer to various other characters in the book, which I found a bit uneven. However, it does paint an interesting picture of Romania and Romanian society in the last twenty years. It is, in short, a treatise on the concept that love is a peculiar thing and for that reason worth a read.


This Charming Man
This Charming Man
von Marian Keyes
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good, but not great. Lacks soul., 8. September 2008
Rezension bezieht sich auf: This Charming Man (Taschenbuch)
The fact that I could put this book down - and leave it lying untouched beside my bed - for a week is surely a sign that something was lacking. Previous Marian Keyes books were *inhaled*: losing sleep, missing appointments, standing up friends, just to finish. But this one, and the one before (can't even remember the name - the one about Anna Walsh. 'Anyone Out There?') weren't unputdownable. They were most definitely putdownable.

I feel that Ms Keyes is beginning to rely on certain character stereotypes too much. There is a familiarity to some of her characters as certain aspects of their personalities are being recycled from previous books. Similar to a previous reviewer, I couldn't build up a rapport with the main characters - I just didn't care enough about them. And, sure, the themes were very 'earnest' but 'Rachel's Holiday' tackled drug abuse and self-esteem with aplomb and honesty, and despite a certain roughness around the edges, it pulled it off with bravura.

Ms Keyes said this book took an embarrassingly long time to write: it felt like a book that the author felt had to be written for the publishing house / summer market / eager fans. The best kind of book is the book the author feels has to be written - for the sake of the story itself. This books does not belong in the latter category.


Learning Irish: An Introductory Self-Tutor with Cassette(s)
Learning Irish: An Introductory Self-Tutor with Cassette(s)
von Micheal O'Siadhail
  Taschenbuch

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2.0 von 5 Sternen A bit disappointing, 22. September 2007
This book isn't bad but it's drawbacks are that it is rather old-fashioned in content and concentrates on one particular dialect. I learned Irish at school and wanted to freshen up using this, but I quickly discarded it - I was taught Official Standard Gaelic and the vocab in this book is different. Given that the largest number of Irish speakers are actually in Dublin, I would prefer to perfect what I know of the standard variety before looking at the dialect of a region that I have little to do with.


Anybody Out There?
Anybody Out There?
von Marian Keyes
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 23,35

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3.0 von 5 Sternen So-so, 25. Februar 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Anybody Out There? (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I love Marian Keyes but this book is unfortunately not her best. Although her description of the coming-to-terms with loss is more realistic than that of another Irish author (whose name we shall not mention) I got the feelng that she was determined to get a book out of Anna, the fourth Walsh sister, at any cost - but the book seemed forced in many places, the jokes a little tired (yes, Mammy Walsh is funny - German ladies, I can attest to the fact that Irish mammies can be like this - but at some point it's like flogging a dead donkey!) I actually skipped over the Helen sub-plot - again, I thought it was a desparate attempt at a chuckle, but it lacked the light and lovely humour that appeared almost effortless in other books.

If you are a fan, buy it. If you are not, start with one of her other books to discover the delight Ms Keyes can be.


Quills - Macht der Besessenheit
Quills - Macht der Besessenheit
DVD ~ Geoffrey Rush

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very good!, 14. November 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Quills - Macht der Besessenheit (DVD)
Other reviewers have detailed the plot, so I will just say that although the subject is quite hefty (and perhaps not for everyone as it can be quite vulgar in places!) the film is really very good, very well made and acted. Geoffrey Rush really steals the show as the extravagant Marquis de Sade and Michael Caine seems to take pleasure in his role as the conservative doctor who sets about to 'tame' the Marquis. Both Kate Winslet and Joaquin Phoenix are good in their roles of the unrequited lovers, the latter squeezing in his trademark lip-wobbling weep towards the end of the film. Although there are (apparently) a few historical inaccuracies, it seems to give a good flavour of the time. Worth a watch in any case!


The History of Love
The History of Love
von Nicole Krauss
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 8,15

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Okay, 14. November 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The History of Love (Taschenbuch)
Unfortunately I read 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' shortly before starting this, so my initial thought was "Ho-hum..." Basically the same style: small child on strange journey through a New York populated by a cast of eccentric characters, to discover some old family mystery etc etc.

Of course there are the obligatory pages that contain

SiNgLe

WORDS

for effect and there is a mild feeling of satisfaction when one gets to the end and discovers who is connected to whom and how. However, if you have read one of these books you will either love the other one, or hate it because of the feeling of deja vu.

I thought it was nice but not brilliant, it goes on the short list of books I would not read again (although, to be honest, I have already forgotten some details of the plot.) A pleasant read!


Rachel's Holiday
Rachel's Holiday
von Marian Keyes
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,56

5.0 von 5 Sternen Definitely one of her best, 2. Mai 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Rachel's Holiday (Taschenbuch)
Possibly one of the saddest and most serious subject she tackles - this book is one of Marian Keyes' best. Dismissed by a couple of critics as mere 'chick lit', it is actually a book about coming to accept yourself and addiction. Following Rachel's journey is wonderful, esp when you consider that Keyes herself had alcohol problems and understands the emotional journey an addict goes through to leave their dependence on drugs and/or alochol behind. A great book.


The Other Side of the Story
The Other Side of the Story
von Marian Keyes
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fellow Irishwoman recommends this one!, 2. Mai 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Other Side of the Story (Taschenbuch)
I am always curious to read the reviews of Marian Keyes' books, especially this one. I found it one of her better books, liked the information about the 'behind the scenes' of the publishing world, and finished it within days, as usual. I would definitely recommend reading it as it shows what a long way Marian has come since her debut novel Watermelon. The Other Side of the Story is some ways more sophisticated than her earlier books and the rotational narrative is a very interesting device. As usual, it's great fun and unlike other reviewers, I found the characters easy to relate to and their motives both funny and human. Once again, I gobbled the story up within 72 hours and thoroughly enjoyed it. For fans of the Walsh sisters' stories, however, this book might be a disappointment. I personally find some of the Walsh family gags a little tired (sorry, Marian) and enjoy it when she takes a trip out into the wider world.


With No One as Witness. (Inspector Lynley Mysteries 13)
With No One as Witness. (Inspector Lynley Mysteries 13)
von Elizabeth George
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very good, 11. Februar 2006
First of all, I can't imagine why a previous reviewer would describe the characters' language as 'ordinär' - James herself has a reputation for her extraordinarily well written books and the language some of her characters use realistically reflects the way it is spoken - in fact, she has spared us a lot of the authentic grittiness of London speech: what's in the book is mild by comparison.
Although I found 'A Place of Hiding' disappointing, E. George is back on form again in this book. It is, to use a modern marketing handle, unputdownable and a great read. The plot keeps you guessing till the end ...for those of you interested in a good thriller, this one will not disappoint.


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