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Darkling I Listen: Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia
Darkling I Listen: Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia
von John Evangelist Walsh
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Life, sex, and death: the drama of Keats' last days, 18. Mai 2000
Love may not kill, but it can certainly give you a smart shove down that road. Walsh's vivid, neatly researched book gives us a new look at the one whose name was writ on water and his curious agonies over the girl he would have married. Keats, impassioned, gifted, doomed, is even so not gilded here; from the surviving materials he is revealed as intense, a bit obsessive, and never more so than concerning Fanny Brawne. This is one of the most famed loves in history, freshly examined with the fairest look to date at Fanny's equally complicated character. Whether they take place in British rooms or Roman, the dramas within are drawn with lively and poignant detail. Special care is taken, too, to give Joseph Severn the full credit due for his constant vigil at Keats' long dying. To me, Severn's character was by far the most appealing, and Walsh's story left me certain that a steady, loving heart is genius of its own kind.


Murder at the Feast of Rejoicing (Lord Meren Mysteries)
Murder at the Feast of Rejoicing (Lord Meren Mysteries)
von Lynda S. Robinson
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Family reunions and homicide: a surprisingly good fit, 2. Mai 2000
Just what we all needed: persuasion that relatives have been insufferable for millenia. That's actually one of the most engaging elements of Robinson's Lord Meren mysteries, as each one finds the noble detective reflecting on his less-than-stellar childhood memories and current familial dynamics. As a result Meren's vivid character easily gains our sympathies, and his tenderness and struggles are sensibly drawn. He's in need of our sympathy especially in this installment, as his pleas for quiet and peace have been flouted for a vicious little circus of togetherness. Who permanently hushed up his sister-in-law's wicked tongue and dumped her in the granary? Which aunt, uncle or cousin is going to insult him next in his own house? And just what is that mysterious cargo? The mystery itself isn't the sharpest element here, but still, very well worth the read.


Disco Bloodbath: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland
Disco Bloodbath: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland
von James Saint James
  Gebundene Ausgabe

3.0 von 5 Sternen What it takes to become post-fabulous, 18. März 2000
In the height of the Eighties, there were those who simply reveled in the silly outfits, the music, the drink, drugs, and disregard. It was fun to shock, fun to be a drugged-out mess, fun to cross-dress, fun to seek excess, just fun. And then reality hit and it was time for all the oh-so-hip casualties to leave their six city blocks of Eden. Basically, that's James St. James' story here, and it's a perfect little book to that purpose. Its scattershot, hiccupy, anecdotal style is just the one-on-one we'd expect if we got him on that couch at Nell's. And don't let it fool you. Just because St. James spent years drugged, shallow, and precious doesn't mean this is a stupid book. It takes a deft dish to fill the rest of us in on what we were missing and then, oh, almost offhandedly, point out that we all have to knock that silliness off sometime. Not for the straitlaced -- in fact, don't even wave it at them from a block away -- Disco Bloodbath is entertainingly shocking, a Valley of the Dolls for club wannabes.


Moab Is My Washpot: An Autobiography
Moab Is My Washpot: An Autobiography
von Stephen Fry
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stiff upper . . . oh, ah?, 22. Februar 2000
This is yet more proof as to why the British are so bloody entertaining: what other race could produce such civilized misbehaviour as Stephen Fry's? His candor and wry self-examination in these lolloping, no-punches-pulled pages boggle the mind. And they touch the heart, too. Fry is a master at presenting the misadventures one falls into when you're a big soul cooped up in a small world. There's plenty of shock value in this tale of boarding schools, petty thefts, a rotten mole, and inappropriately used lavatories, but then again, if coming of age wasn't a shock to you, you haven't done it properly. Carry on, Fry.


The Incorruptibles: A Study of Incorruption in the Bodies of Various Saints and Beati: A Study of the Incorruption of the Bodies of Various Saints and Beati
The Incorruptibles: A Study of Incorruption in the Bodies of Various Saints and Beati: A Study of the Incorruption of the Bodies of Various Saints and Beati
von Joan C. Cruz
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,41

3.0 von 5 Sternen Nonfiction as an act of devotion, 22. Februar 2000
The phenomenon of "incorruptibles" -- venerated members of the Catholic Church whose bodies remain largely undecayed -- is treated here in great detail by Cruz. It's a fascinating subject, and frankly could stand even more illustration. As you read this text, it quickly becomes evident that Cruz meant this book to be a devotional work of sorts. Its language is sprinkled with formulaic expressions of praise, resulting in a sense that this is the longest holy card (sorry, there's a Catholic thing right there) you've ever read. As I read along, I found myself alternately queasily amazed and consoled by Cruz's sentiments. In the end, I closed the book still fascinated by this mystery. It's the only book in my knowledge which is close to a comprehensive look at this odd flange of Catholic history, and that alone would make it worthwhile.


The Fan-Maker's Inquisition: A Novel of the Marquis de Sade
The Fan-Maker's Inquisition: A Novel of the Marquis de Sade
von Rikki Ducornet
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Conquests as fever dreams, 8. Februar 2000
The French Revolution is upon us, and the Marquis de Sade (back in literary fashion lately) languishes in prison, diseased, old, and furious. And why not? The most perverted, unleashed sensations he ever concocted are nothing compared to the executions outside his window, the news from the streets, his memories of a Jesuit education. To occupy his days, and vent his rage, he writes a book about the 16th century Mayan destruction at the hands of the inquisitor Bishop Landa. His coauthor is the Fan-Maker, whom we meet at her own Revolutionary inquisition. Educated, self-sufficient, enigmatic, her voice joins Sade's and that of the tormented, tormenting Landa. The narrative shuttles back and forth between several forms and places, abruptly, and elusive as fevered memories. Also, a note to the reader: Sade was an intelligent man, but not a nice one, and given in Ducornet's book to incredibly blunt expression. Like the Fan-Maker's creations, this small book wafts elegantly to and fro, to various purposes.


Tis: A Memoir
Tis: A Memoir
von Frank McCourt
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Preis: EUR 18,47

3.0 von 5 Sternen Tis misery as loves company, Frank, not bitterness, 30. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tis: A Memoir (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I so wanted to adore "Tis". I devoured "Angela's Ashes", and was happy to get my hands on the follow-up. But I couldn't read through more than a few pages at a time. The childlike acceptance and Irish loopiness of "Ashes" was completely missing here, replaced by the same bleak interchanges with the same types of ugly-hearted people. McCourt deserves every ounce of his success, because he is a very fine and vivid writer. I only wish his first years here had given him some warmer tales to tell.


The Most Beautiful Man in Existence: The Scandalous Life of Alexander Lesassier
The Most Beautiful Man in Existence: The Scandalous Life of Alexander Lesassier
von Lisa Rosner
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A most charming Rogue; or, why house calls cost Extra, 30. Januar 2000
What a modern occurrence: a young man works only enough to get by, seduces every lovely young thing he can, spends himself into bankruptcy, and abuses his professional position, all the while wondering with complete innocence why the world isn't beating a path to his door. But Rosner's book isn't a comedy of 20th-century errors; it's the tale of a Regency-era stud who badly needed to be disabused of his notions. Fear not. He never was. Each few pages brings some fresh misadventure, in which the good doctor thinks he's found the perfect source of free money or true love, while you, the reader, are already squirming in anticipation of disaster. Here's a taste: Lesassier's specialty is obstetrics, at which he actually was quite competent. However, there was that little problem with him seducing his patients. This book does take a certain amount of attention to read. Published for the academic community, it's page after page of small print and few illustrations. It's well worth the effort.


The Course of Honor
The Course of Honor
von Lindsey Davis
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A stately love in a treacherous time, 22. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Course of Honor (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Fans of Lindsey Davis' rollicking Falco novels will find here a more restrained style, as she polishes up a small lost history into a life's love. The care used to tell the tale befits the main players on the stage. We meet Caenis, an intelligent, resolute woman who happens to be a slave in Rome's Imperial household; hand in hand with that, we meet a steady, decent young soldier named Vespasian. (That name's familiar for a reason, Latin students.) The skein of attraction, duty, forsaking, and fulfillment that will drive these two apart and together over their lifetimes plays out with even pace against the nasty backdrop provided by Rome in the time of the Claudians. Vespasian's fate won't surprise the reader, but as for Caenis: will she or won't she? Loyal readers of Davis may be taken by surprise at the almost Victorian gravitas of her style in this work. I found it soothing, but I could note that she does tend to overuse a few favorite phrases. Still, I don't hesitate to recommend it; it's refreshing to read a love story in which restraint is an almost tangible third partner.


Cats and Dogs: Mutts II
Cats and Dogs: Mutts II
von Patrick McDonnell
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Every day's a new adventure. Yesh., 13. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cats and Dogs: Mutts II (Taschenbuch)
Patrick McDonnell's "Mutts" is Krazy Kat for the nineties on up -- pup Earl and cat Mooch in a world of their own, entertained by their cast of fellow characters. What's really engaging is watching these two interact with the "peoples" and animals around them. They're not that different from you or me. Or me, anyway. Who couldn't see herself in Mooch's forbidden leap to the table? Earl tells him cats don't belong up there, to which Mooch proudly dances and sings, "Table, shtable, kitty on the table." There's a sweet thread running throughout that comes to the fore in the story of lost kitten Shtinky Puddin', as well as the tale of the egg who finally pops his shell open to the delight of his proud parents. Let me not forget McDonnell's drawing style, which is absolutely spare, cunning, and evocative (shades of Krazy Kat again). If only peoples everywhere read Mutts; what happier peoples we'd be.


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