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Modern Classics Finnegans Wake
Modern Classics Finnegans Wake
by James Joyce
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.43
34 used & new from CDN$ 7.92

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not yet finished., July 4 2005
i haven't yet finished my first read through of this book, but even now i think it's fair to say that this is an amazing piece of work. i just want to reiterate what a couple of people have said. firstly this is not literature, as such, it shares far more with music than it does with literature, and secondly, it should be read as you would listen to music, letting it wash over you, not trying to control any of it, not trying to realize what is happening. you should realize that after a while things will make sense, and even if the book never makes sense to you entirely it doesn't matter. to view this book as beautiful nonsense does no disservice to it, i think, because it is definitely the ultimate in beautiful nonsense if that's the way you want to see it.
and really, if you're going to write this off as gibberish, realize the man spent 17 years of his life perfecting this book. he went blind while writing it. his daughter was put into a mental asylum and europe was in the begining throes of world war II and still he wrote this book. more work has been lovingly poured into these pages than most writers put into their entire career. if you don't like it, fine, but calling this book gibberish is doing a huge disservice to the author and only making yourself look stupid. just say you don't like it, that's all you need to say.

Kleptomania
Kleptomania
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 253.10
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4.0 out of 5 stars At long last..., March 29 2005
This review is from: Kleptomania (Audio CD)
Britpop spawned a lot of crap. Granted it had some great bands, but that era in english music really gave out some rubbish. Having grown up in england and begun my love of music in the midsts of that particular time it has taken a lot for me to admit that a lot of my old favourite bands really weren't up to the task. That said, my love of Mansun is still strong. i was one of the 3,000 that petitioned to have this released and it doesn't disappoint. If anything, the incomplete album sessions are rather upsetting simply because you can just tell that, had they been finished, they would have been great. There are a few patchy parts, but really, with a little hammering out in production this would have been an amazing album. The second cd too is brilliant. Some of the greatest songs never properly released are on there and it's nice to finally have them. The third cd is patchy at best, but it's an unreleased and demos cd, so that's to be expected. If it were an almost perfect cd as the other two are then it would get a five. As it is this is a four. The only other problem being that they didn't include 'The Holy Grail and the Holy Blood' on the second cd. oh well.

Wiretap Scars
Wiretap Scars
Price: CDN$ 12.85
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3.0 out of 5 stars i made a mistake..., Feb. 17 2005
This review is from: Wiretap Scars (Audio CD)
i made a huge mistake with this album, i heard the demos before i heard the finished versions. if anyone else did this then i would think they would probably agree with me when i say that Jerry Finn, as he does with so many other bands, sucked the life out of this album. i like the songs, some of them i love, but none of these versions stack up to the demos, they all sound clinical and passionless in comparison. one large part of this is the damned vocal tuning Jerry Finn seems intent on putting onto EVERYTHING he records, but also it just lacks the soul that you can hear easily enough on 'austere' even. anyway, it is a good album, just don't listen to the demos if anyone offers them to you, otherwise you'll be ruined for this cd.

Father Ted: The Complete Series 1 [Import]
Father Ted: The Complete Series 1 [Import]
DVD ~ Dermot Morgan
Offered by SURPLUSDVD NEW YORK
Price: CDN$ 44.38
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars feck feck feck feck, Jan. 19 2005
i first watched father ted as a young boy growing up in england and i have loved it ever since. there are very few comedies that really reach the absolute absurdity and clever stupidity of this series. black books, black adder, the office, red dward and, of course, monty python are really the only shows that can compete with this for hilarity. father ted keeps you laughing right the way through each episode and every attempt at a moral fails brilliantly.
also, i'd just like to mention that the constant use of "feck" and also "smeg" from red dwarf went very far in colouring the language of myself and my friends as we were growing up.

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