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The Hearts of Horses
The Hearts of Horses
by Molly Gloss
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the ride, September 8, 2008
This review is from: The Hearts of Horses (Hardcover)
If you added equal measures of John Steinbeck and Willa Cather, you would have something close to the tone of this affecting novel.It is the author's determined sense of understatement that lends this book its' power and authentic sense of Western history.I found myself thinking about its' characters for weeks after I turned the last page.


William Shakespeare: A Biography
William Shakespeare: A Biography
by A. L. Rowse
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, July 24, 2008
This is easily the best biography of Shakespeare ever published.The Cardinal paperback contains the same photo section in its' center as the hardback edition.
Rowse portrays a man whose life was acted in conservative counterpoint to his work.Shakespeare kept careful accounts.He purchased property,on mortgages that were strictly repaid.He took the byzantine steps required to acquire a coat-of-arms for his family name,securing it an air of respectability.Certainly Shakespeare frequented the Mermaid Tavern,where he found friends like Ben Johnson and much good cheer. it was an easy,convivial place;but a man with his eye strained for the main chance would have also noted the Mermaid's success.Sure enough,its' owner's name became attached to Shakeseare's on a title.
I don't want to over-emphasize these facts, that I find interesting.They are only a dimension of the discoveries that await the reader of this work; nothing should distract he/she from an awareness that Rowse's scholarship of the Bard's canon is sensitive as a tuning fork.When he catches Shakespeare's voice as an individual in a turn of phrase,the reader is thrilled.


One More Spring
One More Spring
by Robert Nathan
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, July 24, 2008
This review is from: One More Spring (Hardcover)
Today this gentle work of fiction is as forgotten as a shadow.Robert Nathan chronicles the lives of homeless, jobless souls who have taken up residence in Central Park in the midst of the Great Depression.These are people " whose fate was of interest to no one but themselves.Even the poets did not write about them,because the poets also were poor,and their nature made them indignant.They no longer wished to write poetry;on the contrary,they wished to fight;they threw themselves into the coal wars in the south,and were sent home with broken heads,like the heroes of antiquity".
This novel radiates charm; in 1935 it was produced as a feature film.


The electrical equipment conspiracies;: The treble damage actions
The electrical equipment conspiracies;: The treble damage actions
by Charles A. Bane
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable, July 24, 2008
This legal study,authored by my late father, is a masterpiece of research and insight.It is rare to find a work on a subject of any kind that is so supported by intelligence.Purchase this book as a supplement to course work or alone for its' powers of mind.


The Georgics
The Georgics
by Publius Virgilius Maro ( Virgil )
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Roman Virgil", July 23, 2008
This review is from: The Georgics (Hardcover)
This is an extraordinarily beautiful edition of the poet's work translated by Dryden and published by the Heritage Press in 1953. The publisher shrewdly chose an Italian,Bruno Bramanti,to furnish illustrations that are grave and lovely.I prefer this translation by Dryden for its' structure,but there is an American-flavored rendering by Janet Lembke that is sensitive, and modern in the best sense of the word.That said,I find Dryden's trumpet of rhyme irresistible:
What makes a plenteous harvest,when to turn
The fruitful soil,and when to sow the corn;
The care of sheep,of oxen and of kine,
And how to raise on elms the teeming vine;
The birth and genius of the frugal bee,
I sing,Maecenas,and I sing to thee.

The translation is majestic,stirring and timeless.It is a fair tribute to Tennyson's description of "Roman Virgil" as "the lord of language".You will seldom own a more beautiful book.


Songs of the Troubadours
Songs of the Troubadours
by Anthony Bonner
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birth of Modern poetry, July 23, 2008
Reading this book is like opening a door to a world that has disappeared;it is a world that would be shut off to us were it not for the advocacy of Ezra Pound who saw in these collected works a startling, modern sensibility.Pound labored tirelessly for their translation from Provencal; the jongleurs represented here speak to a romantic,individual vision that would not find its' voice again until the appearance of Yeats.


The Life of Dylan Thomas
The Life of Dylan Thomas
by Constantine FitzGibbon
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, July 23, 2008
This remains a classic biography of a towering figure in English literature and an individual almost Greek in his tragedy.Dylan Thomas is an irresistibly appealing figure.From boyhood,he was in love with the English language."Dragoon", he once said to his sister when they were children, "isn't that a lovely word?"Fitzgibbon weaves Thomas's life into a narrative of the first order,beginning with his father's-happily-fateful decision to teach his children to speak English and not Welsh.Fitzgibbon also chronicles Thomas's fascinating but tempestuous marriage to Caitlin(when Thomas proposed marriage,he was drunk)as well as his friendships with Richard Burton,Augustus Johns and other luminaries.But it is Thomas's poetry,in all its' original brilliance,that stands out in this biography, and none of the poet's lifelong abuses can dim it.
Dylan Thomas died of alcohol poisoning in New York.There is a myth that his last words were:"I've just had eighteen straight whiskies,I think that's a record".In fact, his authentic last words-to his mistress- are more telling: "I love you, but I am alone".


Dylan Thomas in America (Prion Lost Treasures)
Dylan Thomas in America (Prion Lost Treasures)
by John Malcolm Brinnin
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, July 23, 2008
Here is Dylan Thomas in all his maddening humanity: the houseguest of your nightmares who will steal your shirts, the visitor to a women's college who becomes embarrassingly excited by the sight of girls in casual dress.Brinnin chronicles all of Thomas's excesses including the poet's fatal marriage to alcohol.This book should be kept as a companion to Constantine Fitzgibbon's classic biography.In the end Brinnin-and the reader-forgive Dylan Thomas all his childishness because of the tidal waves of eloquence that arise from the Welsh poet's genius. Thomas is so overpowering a figure that one almost doesn't notice how brilliantly Brinnin has rendered him,as well as the social milieu of 1950's America.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent history, July 23, 2008
This is magnificent history as crafted by the scholarly father of the former advisor to President Kennedy.The son,better known for his dedicated liberalism, never produced as graceful a work. Canvas-like, Schlesinger paints into life every strata of early American society and,in the end, produces a masterful portrait no reader will forget.The son pays tribute to his father in a touching introduction.


Faraway
Faraway
by Lucy Irvine
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, July 23, 2008
This review is from: Faraway (Paperback)
Lucy Irvine is a deeply underestimated author,perhaps because of her exotic and unsettled life. Her examination of the culture of Pigeon Island is extraordinarily sensitive. She is unsparing and intense in her search for the truth that underlies the Hepworth's relationship with the inhabitants of this Pacific corner and, by extension, all cultures with an unknown counterpart. Lens-like,she misses nothing that is humane or fragile or beautiful. This was my favorite book for a very long time. For a while,Irvine was living in a remote corner of Scotland and now appears to be living in the Balkans.Whatever comes from her pen next is sure to be remarkable.


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