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In Our Time
In Our Time
by Ernest Hemingway
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by a great author, June 4 2003
This review is from: In Our Time (Paperback)
This book is an excellent example of the works of Hemingway, one of the best American authors of all time. It consists of a series of short stories alternating with sketches. Hemingway's sparse descriptions are powerful, because they leave so much to the imagination. This one is a must-read!

Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 4.75
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best, June 4 2003
If there were more than five stars possible, this book would get about seven. Hardy's excellent descriptions and deep pathos combine to make this novel one of the best and saddest books I have ever read. This one is a must-read, but be prepared to cry.

She Stoops to Conquer
She Stoops to Conquer
by Oliver Goldsmith
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 3.25
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Dec 18 2002
This review is from: She Stoops to Conquer (Paperback)
This play is a rollicking satire on the British caste system of that era, seen through the mischief, mayhem, and mistaken identities of this work. Almost a must-read!

Island Of The Day Before
Island Of The Day Before
by Umberto Eco
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.80
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Dec 17 2002
This book is very unique. It is my first Eco book, but I know that I will read others. Eco is an amazing author, with encyclopedic knowledge and a ready wit. Throughout the book, there are many memorable passages and one-liners.
The plot is sufficiently engaging to make it hard to put down. One of the most interesting aspects of this work are the tangents that provide interesting insight into the political, social, philosophical, and scientific/alchemical mindset of that era, as well as a few interesting historical narratives included along the way. The extensive use of a very broad vocabulary (which I can only assume is the translator's excellent version of an equally astounding vocabulary in Italian) and phrases in several other languages throughout the work challenged and fascinated me, aspiring etymologist and polyglot that I am.
My only disappointment was the breakdown of meaningful thought within the dreams of Roberto at the end (otherwise it would certainly be 5 stars), though the afterword was refreshingly clever.
Overall, this book is certainly worth reading. Highly recommended.

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