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Messiaen: Complete Organ Works
Messiaen: Complete Organ Works
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars extraordinary, March 22, 2008
Messiaen's oeuvre for organ is simply one of the most sublime works of art of the 20th century, and Latry's performances are jaw-dropping astounding.
The recording is clear, detailed, balanced, and wonderfully rich. Truly a treasure, on all counts.


Boxiana; or, Sketches of Ancient and Modern Pugilism, from the Days of the Renowned Broughton and Slack, to the Championship of Cribb: Volume 1
Boxiana; or, Sketches of Ancient and Modern Pugilism, from the Days of the Renowned Broughton and Slack, to the Championship of Cribb: Volume 1
by Pierce Egan
Edition: Paperback
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip! Hip! Hurrah!, February 21, 2007
I declare with scant Hesitation that Mr. Egan's marvelous Book, first published in London in A.D. 1829, is indeed a Classic -- not only for the aspiring Pugilist or lowly Street Brawler -- but even amongst those with little taste for the Fancy. Truly, I assert that this handsome facsimile Edition of BOXIANA will find great favour amongst Historians of Georgian England -- Students of 19th-Century English Prose Stylings -- and Folk-Lorists of All Stripe.

In this Exemplary Tome, Mr. Egan memorializes many of the Great Pugilists of his Day. Hearken to Ring-Side Accounts of Battles between the Great Jack Broughton, Jack Slack, Tom Cribb, and Dan Mendoza. Readers will find most colourful Descriptions of Dozens of brave Fighters, including: Bill Steevens - the Nailer; Steven Oliver, alias Death; Symons, the Old Ruffian; Tom Molineaux; Dutch Sam; and Henry Pearce, A.K.A. The Game Chicken!

Ne'er to be Outdone, this most entertaining and edifying Author includes Practical Advice on Training (Vegetables must be avoided!), the most Admired Boxing Chaunts (to be sung at Convivial Evenings), and a Note on Female Pugilists from 1722!

Well done, Egan! Bravo!

Throw Pistols, Poniards, Swords, aside,
And all such deadly Tools;
Let Boxing be the Briton's Pride,
The Science of their Schools!

BOXIANA is heartily recommended to All!
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Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told: Thirty-Six Incredible Tales From The Ring
Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told: Thirty-Six Incredible Tales From The Ring
by Jeff Silverman
Edition: Paperback
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pulling no punches, February 21, 2007
A beautifully edited anthology that will appeal not only to devotees of the sweet science, but to any fan of great writing. Silverman includes work by some of America's greatest essayists (Liebling, Plimpton, Mailer, Baldwin) and most popular fiction authors (O. Henry, Jack London, Dashiell Hammett, Damon Runyon, Richard Ford). The excerpt from Pierce Egan's 1829 classic BOXIANA (a favorite of A.J. Liebling's) is a special treat. The only thing missing is David Remnick on Muhammad Ali; but you can't expect everything from a 368-page collection. Highly recommended.


Documentary Filmmakers Speak
Documentary Filmmakers Speak
by Liz Stubbs
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars caveat lector, October 15, 2006
Stubbs' book of interviews with contemporary American documentary filmmakers may be useful (even inspirational) for those new to the field, but the author doesn't know her turf. The volume is filled with minor factual errors: film titles are misspelled, interviewees' self-serving statements go unchallenged, and proofreading errors abound. Clearly, Stubbs was learning as she went along, and editorial oversight was minimal.

For better or worse, the book reveals the enthusiasms of a novice. The interviews are superficial, and somewhat adulatory: the writer seldom takes a critical or analytical view of the filmmakers' assumptions and methodologies.

The book may appeal to beginner film students looking for easy-to-read interviews with Ross McElwee and Berlinger & Sinofsky; there are much more informative interviews with Al Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker, Barbara Kopple, and Ken Burns elsewhere. Caveat lector.


Middletown: The Making of a Documentary Film Series (Visual Anthropology)
Middletown: The Making of a Documentary Film Series (Visual Anthropology)
by Dwight W. Hoover
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $108.81
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor scholarship, September 7, 2006
A very poor book on a fascinating documentary series.

The Middletown Film Project represented a significant crossroads for American documentary, and the ethical and censorship controversies raised (particularly by one film in the series, "Seventeen") presaged many of the issues American documentary makers were to face in the decades that followed.

Unfortunately, Hoover's understanding of documentary is woefully simplistic. He fails to grasp key issues around documentary and broadcast practice, and the text is riddled with factual errors.

Frankly, I'm surprised that this book is in print.
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The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
by John le Carré
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece, July 27, 2004
THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD is the quintessential cold war espionage novel. For four decades, this early LeCarre tale has served as the benchmark for 'spy thriller' writing. Reading it fresh in 2004, it's easy to see why.

Though THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD was only LeCarre's third novel, his strengths as a storyteller are fully evident here. The opening chapter alone serves as a narrative tour-de-force, swiftly and adroitly introducing the reader to the central characters, their impossible situation, and the hopeless, duplicitous world they inhabit. It is beautfully mirrored by the final chapter, in which the consequences of protagonist Alec Leamas' weakness becomes excruciatingly, tragically clear.

In terms of both style and structure, this early work seems to take its cues from Grahame Greene's '50s novels -- particularly THE QUIET AMERICAN. As in Greene, LeCarre's descriptions here are spare and succinct, with characters and situations quickly sketched in razor-sharp detail. Like Greene, this writer shows that sacrifice of innocents at the hands of arrogant ideologues has become mundane. He reveals the tragic complicity of all-too-human agents like Alec Leamas. Yet LeCarre does not share Greene's belief in personal redemption: His characters take it for granted that they live in an amoral labyrinth in which treachery and triple-cross are simply routine.

Economy and intelligence are hallmarks of this work. Dialogue is terse, sharp; plot complications are introduced with a minimum of fuss. LeCarre sketches his players deftly, in medias res, as they run the gauntlet. Consequently, this 224-page novel can be read in two sittings, yet its characters and situations seem fully realized -- and its tragic conclusion hits with tremendous impact.

THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD is an early work, by a writer still looking to more experienced hands for models. It would be almost a decade before LeCarre truly came into his own, with TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY. Still, it's clear that this novel is more than just a superlatively crafted 'spy thriller', more than just a classic of the genre. Forty years after its first publication, LeCarre's tragic tale has lost none of its power: THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD remains an extraordinary masterwork, by a supremely gifted and intelligent writer.


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