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The Grove Companion to Samuel Beckett: A Reader's Guide to His Works, Life, and Thought
The Grove Companion to Samuel Beckett: A Reader's Guide to His Works, Life, and Thought
by S. E. Gontarski
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.19
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best reference work on Beckett known to me, November 24, 2007
This is a fine, scholarly work that should be in the hands not just of scholars but also of every serious student of Beckett and late 20th century drama. The cross-referencing is very useful. Above all, each entry is based on a thorough knowledge of the literature on the subject. First rate.


The Gargoyle on the Roof
The Gargoyle on the Roof
by Jack Prelutsky
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry of the grotesque, June 22, 2000
This is a very handsome book in which the author and the illustrator have collaborated with remarkable skill. The verse is always amusing but can give a young reader some pleasant shivers. The array of grotesque creatures - gremlins, goblins, basilisks, gargoyles, headless ghosts - is presented most fascinatingly by the very brilliant artist, while the author gives the faintly sinister but always poetic nature of the pictures a frequent dimension of humour. My seven-year-old granddaughter fell immediately in love with the book which I greatly enjoyed reading out to her, but her ten-year-old brother and twelve-year-old sister were just as taken with it. In fact her elder brother and sister could appreciate rather more than she did how witty some of the verse is. Certainly a book I can recommend unreservedly to all lovers of books - young and old.


Malta, An Archaeological Paradise
Malta, An Archaeological Paradise
by Anthony Bonanno
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction for the non-specialist, January 31, 2000
Malta has been inhabited for around six thousand years, and its archeological remains are very rich. It had a remarkable civilization by the fourth century B.C. during which large temples, regarded as the earliest free-standing structures in the world, were built, while during the long Roman domination (218 B.C. - A.D. 535) Malta had a flourishing economy. Professor Bonanno's slim book, with its splendid photographs by Mario Mintoff, includes a series of short but authoritative introductions to such topics as the stupendous underground Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, but the emphasis is on illustrations and pithy captions. This is a book I would certainly recommend to the non-specialist who has only a few days to explore Malta's archeological heritage.


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