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Under the Tuscan Sun
Under the Tuscan Sun
von Frances Mayes
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,30

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A gentle and entertaining read, 19. September 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Under the Tuscan Sun (Taschenbuch)
It is with interest that I have read some of the less flattering reviews for this book. I think it is a lovely opportunity for a little escapism, in the warmth of an Italy that many of us will never have the good fortune to experience. So what if it is somewhat of a self oriented story that makes little mention of the people? It is a gentle and interesting story, and I have enjoyed it thoroughly.


The Thurber Carnival (Modern Library)
The Thurber Carnival (Modern Library)
von James Thurber
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful, witty AND has "Walter Mitty" in it!, 17. Juli 2000
James Thurber does a wonderful job of sharing his life's recollections with us, as well as his delightful short stories, including the magnificent "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". This is one of the great all time short stories, and should be reason enough to buy this book. The boigraphical essays are however, also quite delicious, especially those that make references to the passing parade of dogs in his life, and the entertaining antics of his parents and siblings. I thoroughly recommend it.


The Normans and the Norman Conquest
The Normans and the Norman Conquest
von R. Allen Brown
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 23,20

4.0 von 5 Sternen Good coverage of an intersting topic, 14. Juli 2000
This is a well written book which looks at an interesting period in English history which is for the most part skimmed over by novellists (where most of us get our history) in favour of later more "interesting" periods. It is a great introduction to the topic, and is a worthy addition to the library of anyone who is interested in the period.


Larry's Party
Larry's Party
von Carol Diggory Shields
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,77

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Intersting in a voyeursitic manner, 11. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Larry's Party (Taschenbuch)
The Larry in question is a man whose entire adult life is studied minutely in this novel, and this is what is fasinating about it. It has certainly held my attention, even though there is no real adventure or substance in the plot - it is all about Larry. Having said this it is certainly an entertaining book, and the sub plot of his obsession with hedges is different, but all in all I think Larry is a guy we can all identify with, and Ms Shields does a very good job of making us care what happens to him.


The Crucible (Plays, Penguin)
The Crucible (Plays, Penguin)
von Arthur Miller
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,15

5.0 von 5 Sternen A modern classic, 11. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Crucible (Plays, Penguin) (Taschenbuch)
This is a truly great play, and what is even better - it is an easy to read great play. I know that it is held up as an allegory for McCarthyism, and that it is studied for that, but as a play it is powerful and emotive without the symbolism. The fact that it refers to real events gives it more of a punch. It is well written, the characters are wonderful, and all in all it is a very worthwhile read.


Beggars in Spain (Beggars Trilogy)
Beggars in Spain (Beggars Trilogy)
von Nancy Kress
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining light science fiction, 4. Juli 2000
This short novel is a clever and entertaining insight into the lives of the "Sleepless" - those genetically altered humans who can get by without sleep. At this level it is clever science fiction - not too heavy and cleverly written. But this is of course something much deeper than that - it is an interesting study of our fear and resentment of something that's different, and it is this element that makes the story truly interesting. A very worthwhile read.


Poland: A Novel
Poland: A Novel
von James A. Michener
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,04

5.0 von 5 Sternen Michener's finest work, 5. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Poland: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
I adore all of James Michener's books, and rate them all highly, but I think that this is his finest work. It has all the usual grandeur of his other works, but maybe because it is a history of an area about which I know so little, I find the story utterly mesmerising.
There are of course elements of the story that we are familiar with, such as the horror of war, but even with the grand historical elements that Mr Michener weaves so well into his tales, I think it is the characters that hold the narrative together. And I think that this novel has the strongest and most believable characters of all his works.
The story and the lineage of the main characters flow wonderfully, and all in all, it is a very satisfying book.


The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages: Volume 3, the Voyage of the Resolution and the Discovery, 1776-1780
The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages: Volume 3, the Voyage of the Resolution and the Discovery, 1776-1780
von Rudiger Joppien
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 249,96

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spectacular, 4. Mai 2000
This is a wonderful book - of particular interest to Australians of course, to whom Captain Cook is a prominent historical figure, but also to anyone interested in the grand tradition of the master mariners and adventures on the high seas.
Physically it is a beautiful book as well, with fabulous illustrations and quality paper. Perhaps not a book for everyone, but for serious collectors it is a gem.


In Search of Tutankhamun: The Discovery of a King's Tomb
In Search of Tutankhamun: The Discovery of a King's Tomb
von Giovanni Caselli
  Gebundene Ausgabe

3.0 von 5 Sternen An interesting beginner's book, 4. Mai 2000
This is a fine book for an older child who is discovering the joys of archaeology and the most famous find of all. It is though a little sketchy in its narrative, and considering the great wealth of materials from the tomb, it could certainly have lots more pictures of the artefacts.
However, it is a fasinating enough topic in itself, and would keep most younger readers amused for some time - especially young boys who sometimes scorn fiction. Here is a real life tale which outshines most made up stories!


The Forest
The Forest
von Edward Rutherfurd
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 20,42

5.0 von 5 Sternen A true saga in the Michener vein, 4. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Forest (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Mr Rutherford has given us another story rich with delightful characters and vivid scenery. If you are a fan of James A Michener's books, you will enjoy the rich tapestry that is woven here. The story line covers an area within the catchment of his masterpiece "Sarum", but there is no duplication, and this book stands alone as a work of art.
Also of interest is the fact that this book looks at great moments in English history, but almost skirts around them, giving us an insight into what it must have been like to be common folk, in the midst of great events. It is also very entertaining to read. I recommend it highly.


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