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J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
von J.R.R. Tolkien
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,60

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Genius, thy name is Tolkien.., 12. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography (Taschenbuch)
Alright, so I'm a bit biased being a huge Tolkien and Middle-Earth fan. I'll go a bit farther than the reader from Farmer's Market, CA and say this is the sixth essential book.
Houghton Mifflin also recently published "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien" and it makes a great companion volume to this one.
There's not much more I can add to the three reviews before mine, they summed it all up quite nicely. This is a well written and detailed book and a must read for any Tolkien fan. It's not that long either, clocking in at just over three hundred pages.
Tolkien is an inspiring man who chronicled (I won't say created as Tolkien himself said he only transcribed the works of Middle-Earth) one of the best loved sagas ever written. With the new Hobbit and Lord of the Rings box set, the Letters and this biography HMC is doing him justice and producing beautiful renditions of each that should be on everyone's bookshelf.


The The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien
The The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful glimpse.., 12. Juli 2000
J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the best loved authors ever, endeared to millions of readers. Now with the reprinting of his letters by Houghton Mifflin all those who cherish his writings are able to learn a bit more about the man who shaped Middle-Earth.
Reading this book you can't help but think what a warm and charming man he was. His letters are thoughtful, intelligent and often amusing as he converses with the publishers Allen and Unwin, his sons Michael and Christopher, C.S. Lewis, and even fans from around the world who sent him questions and observations. It's reading history and it's fascinating.
A large and rather comprehensive index is included near the end of the book with plenty of notes about each letter and the people and places contained within.
Highly recommended for anyone wanting a deeper glimpse into the thoughts of a brilliant man.


The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set (Books 1 to 7)
The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set (Books 1 to 7)
von C. S. Lewis
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 42,40

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tales for all ages.., 9. Juli 2000
As previously stated, please read the books in the originalpublished order, a more enjoyable experience for sure. Here are mythoughts on this wonderful series.
I had never heard of Narnia till about two years ago. A friend of mine told me about them and for the next two weeks she read "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" to me over the phone. I was twenty-two years old at the time and I couldn't help but be excited when it was time for the next chapter.
I'm two years older now and I own my own set. The Chronicles of Narnia are some of the best books I've ever read. On any level. There's something in Narnia for everyone, from a child to an adult these books can enrich and bring joy to a rather ordinary existence.
This set along with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings sweep me off to magical lands and fantastic adventures. Sometimes it's like I never want to come back....thank you C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.


The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
von Emily Dickinson
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,95

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant.., 2. Juli 2000
As a few have stated already, a lot of Emily Dickinson's poems appear simple on the surface. Don't let the simplicity or brevity fool you, boiling underneath the metaphors of Dickinson's poems are some of the most beautiful visions I've ever read. Intelligent, thoughtful..haunting are all words I'd use to describe her poems. She has quickly vaulted to the top of the list of my favorite poets along with William Blake and Edgar Allan Poe.
And speaking of her poems, there are plenty. All of them in fact, in chronological order allowing the reader to see the progession in her poems. This is a great book at a great price to be able to own all she has written.
Since her poems have no titles, there are two invaluable features included at the back to help aid the search for the desired poem. One is an alphabetical subject index, with words and lines linked to poems with which they belong. The other index includes the first lines of all 1775 poems.
An excellent all around souce for all your Emily Dickinson needs. Enjoy.


Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged (Owl Book)
Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged (Owl Book)
von Edward Connery Lathem
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Incredible poetry.., 2. Juli 2000
I just recently purchased this collection of poems by Robert Frost and I must say it's incredible. This is the complete collection of his poems and for the price it can't be beat. How can you put a price on the joy and the wonderful feeling of reading Frost anyway? It's impossible.
Contained are the poems in a chronological order from Frost's first book of poetry "A Boy's Will" to his last, "In the Clearing". A total of eleven books and more than three hundred and fifty poems.
Also at the end of the book are sixty pages of bibliographical and textual notes as well as an index of first lines and titles. A quick way to find exactly the poem you're looking for.
Pick this collection up and be moved, it's that simple really. Enjoy


100 Selected Poems
100 Selected Poems
von E. E. Cummings
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,20

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent.., 2. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: 100 Selected Poems (Taschenbuch)
A few months ago a friend of mine sent me the poem "may i feel said he" (the thirty-eighth poem in this book) in an email and I found it extremely witty and funny.
I bought this book purposely for that single one and in doing so managed to get another ninety-nine wonderful poems.
Cummings writes with such an imaginitive and intelligent style. You can't help being charmed and inspired at the same time. A great starting point for anyone interesting in his poems.
may i feel said he..i'll squeal said she..just once said he..it's fun said she..may i touch said he..how much said she..a lot said he..why not said she..let's go said he..not too far said she..what's too far said he..where you are said she..may i stay said he..which way said she..like this said he..if you kiss said she..may i move said he..is it love said she..if you're willing said he..but you're killing said she..but it's life said he..but your wife said she..now said he..ow said she..tiptop said he..don't stop said she..on no said he..go slow said she..cccome?said he..ummm said she..you're divine!said he..you are Mine said she


The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake
The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake
von David V. Erdman
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 19,60

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Essential for Blake fans and the Blake curious.., 28. Juni 2000
There's not much more I can say after reading the reviews below, except to agree that this is _the_ book to own if you're wanting to add William Blake to your library.
This is a large book, clocking in at around nine hundred pages. Within you'll find all the great poetry that makes Blake, well, Blake. The "Songs of Innocence and Experience" are truly wonderful, as is "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell".
Lots to read here beyond than the known works, including miscellaneous poems, songs and verses and sataric verses and epigrams, even letters that Blake himself wrote.
The book is neatly organized and easy to navigate, making the section you're looking for a snap to find. At the back of the book are sections with textual notes (a small "t" is marked throughout Blake's works), and commentary (a small "c"), also marked. Invaluable resources to help understand and navigate the complexity of Blake's poems and prose. An index of titles and first lines is also included in the back.
All in all a wonderful collection for any Blake fan to own and for the curious to lose themselves in the majesty that is William Blake.


The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
von J. R. R. Tolkien
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen The majestic and sorrowful history of Middle-earth.., 15. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Silmarillion (Taschenbuch)
"The Silmarillion" is a must read for anyone who wants to learn about the rich history of Middle-earth. If you've ever wondered where the phrases and history talked about in "The Lord of the Rings" come from and mean, then this is for you.
At the same time, this is not an easy book to read. It can be slow and the number of places and names (many of them alternate names for names already mentioned), can have you spending most of your time flipping to the index in the back.
But if you keep with it, you'll be rewarded with an expansive and amazing view of Middle-earth.
"The Silmarillion" is actually five stories in one.
Ainulindale, the Music of the Ainur, deals with the creation of Middle-earth.
Valaquenta, Account of the Valar, shows how the Gods and Godesses of Middle-earth came to be, including their brethren the Mair (of which Gandalf is a member). Valaquenta also lays the groundwork for the betrayal that Melkor would exact on his fellow Valar, forever after being called Morgoth (the first Dark Lord) by the Elves.
The Quenta Silmarillion is the largest and most detailed of the stories. Herein lies the story of the beginning days, the coming of the Elves, the making of the Silmarils by Feanor, and their theft by Melkor. This sets off the major war of the Firs Age between the Elves and Melkor.
Two more shorter stories are included at the end. Allakabeth, the downfall of Numenor, and Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age.
After these are the genealogies of the House of Finwe, the descendants of Olwe and Elwe, the House of Beor, the House of Hador and the people of Haleth. A table showing the sundering of the Elves is also included, as are notes on pronunciation, an extensive (and extremely helpful) index of names, and finally, various elements of Quenya and Sindarin names.
Combined, these stories and the indices at the end, provide a remarkable journey back in time, to the Elder days of Middle-earth. A must read. Enjoy.


The Atlas of Middle-Earth
The Atlas of Middle-Earth
von Karen Wynn Fonstad
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Your official tour guide to Middle-earth.., 15. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Atlas of Middle-Earth (Taschenbuch)
If you've ever been one flipping to the maps in "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings" , or "The Silmarillion" to see where the action is taking place, then this book is for you.
Karen Wynn Fonstad has done a remarkable job of mapping Middle-earth. The atlas is broken down into various sections, each easy to navigate to find what you're looking for.
The First Age section is perfect for readers of "The Silmarillion", all the important places are mapped along with ample notes and observations.
The Second Age deals with the fall of Numenor, a worthy companion to those reading "Unfinished Tales".
The majority of the book deals with the Third Age. This is where "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" takes place. There are maps showing the kingdoms of the Dunedain as well as the migration of the dwarves and the hobbits.
There are regional maps detailing the Shire, the Misty Mountains, Eriador, and Mordor. Two lengthy sections are devoted to the Hobbit and LotR, showing all the key places in the books. Fantastic maps to look over again and again.
Towards the end of the book are included the thematic maps. Very interesting. These show the landforms, climate, vegetation, population and languages spoken.
Overall, if you're remotely interesting in learning more about Middle-earth, or you're just interested in great maps, pick this up. Enjoy.


The Arabian Nights
The Arabian Nights
von Muhsin Mahdi
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,25

5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic adventures in the land of Arabian Nights.., 1. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Arabian Nights (Taschenbuch)
I will say that Husain Haddawy's translations of "The Arabian Nights" are the best you'll read for quite some time. I've had these books for awhile now and they're great. Haddawy has done a remarkable job and provides great introductions for both books. A map is also provided in each book showing the locales mentioned in the stories.
There are really two volumes you will need to get the complete collection. This volume has the earlier stories as told by Shahrazad, classic tales of mystery, fun, and excitement.
The second book " The Arabian Nights II" has the more popular stores most people are familiar with. Sinbad the Sailor, Ali Baba and the Fourty Thieves, Ala al-Din (Aladdin) and the Magic Lamp.
Be sure to get them both and you'll be transported to the mystical lands of Arabian Nights. Enjoy.


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