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Snowdrops
Snowdrops
by Andrew Miller
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Booker material. And not a thriller., Nov. 11 2011
This review is from: Snowdrops (Hardcover)
I've seen this billed as a thriller in several places, but it sure isn't very thrilling; and to call it "intense psychological drama" is frankly laughable. It's more in the way of a travelogue about life in Russia. It's very fluently written, and if you're interested in learning about life in post-Communist Moscow, you could probably do quite a bit worse. But as it is mostly a description of the city and what goes on there, with some stereotypical, two-dimensional Russian characters and a couple of obvious, run-of-the-mill Russian scams thrown in (I guess they're supposed to be the "thrill"), to me it often dragged.

That it was nominated for the Booker debases the prize. There is no character development to speak of, and no insight into people or human life. The plot is extremely thin. The writing is highly competent, but nothing more. Surely there were higher-quality novels published in the Commonwealth this year.

This year's Booker controversy surrounded the comment that one panel-member apparently made to the effect that they were looking for "readability" this year. That's about all this book has. I've read three of the listed books so far, and only one, The Sisters Brothers, comes anywhere close to being credible as best book of the year, although even there it's a stretch. Pigeon English was a fun read and often funny, and it was better than Snowdrops; but really it's hard to see it as Booker material either. I think the criticisms of the panel are justified, and I agree with the third paragraph of Paolo's review, below.

World Of Art Sieneses Painting
World Of Art Sieneses Painting
by Timothy Hyman
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Introduction, May 12 2004
Clear and concise, enthusiastic and insightful, this book provides a very useful introduction to Sienese art. It traces its roots and development, links it to the political state of affairs in Siena and Italy, and contrasts it with the art of Florence, which ended up eclipsing it. The main Sienese artists are discussed in their own chapters, and a clear line of development is laid out, though at the same time the individual characteristics of each artist are discussed. The book is generally very readable and it is clearly laid out and structured.
My only quibble is the fact that so many of the illustrations are black and white. This is particularly annoying in cases where the author is discussing the subtlety of the color!
That point notwithstanding, anyone looking for a basic introduction to the art of Siena need not hesitate.

Strega: A Burke Novel
Strega: A Burke Novel
by Andrew Vachss
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere is not enough, June 13 2003
This review is from: Strega: A Burke Novel (Paperback)
This book certainly has all the noir atmosphere and gritty authenticity that Vachss is known for, but in other respects it's not all that strong. The plot here is very thin; for all its brevity, the book is bulked up to a certain extent with a lot of peripheral stories and vignettes, which, while often fascinating in themselves, feel a little too much like filler. This feeling is reinforced by the extensive description of actions toward an end: getting in the car, driving up the West Side Highway, going and getting the dog...
Other elements contribute to this sense of flaccidity. The character of Strega is not really sufficiently developed, and her psychology is not very convincing. Vachss's secondary characters - the Mole, Max the Silent, Michelle - are always fun, but they tend to border on parody; and while I always enjoy them in themselves - especially Max - Vachss flirts with the risk of undermining his credibility with their over-the-top portrayal.
The net result is a lack of the tension that is what a book like this is supposed to be about. There's really very little suspense, and while I will continue to follow the series for at least another book or two, I'll be hoping for a bit more of a payoff.

J.M.W. Turner, 1775-1851: The World of Light and Colour
J.M.W. Turner, 1775-1851: The World of Light and Colour
by Michael Bockemuhl
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Run away! Run away!, June 2 2003
This book is basically unreadable. Impenetrable metaphysical terminology is used in dense, convoluted sentences to convey abstruse theories of meaning (at least I think that's what it is) in such a way as to be completely and utterly opaque. Half the time I didn't know what the guy was talking about, and I have a degree in this stuff and belong to Mensa. If you're interested in Turner, you'd do better to look elsewhere.
Some good reproductions though, and if you're just interested in the pictures, the price is right. Hence the two stars; the text would be zero, since it's useless.

J.M.W. Turner, 1775-1851: The World of Light and Colour
J.M.W. Turner, 1775-1851: The World of Light and Colour
by Michael Bockemuhl
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Run away! Run away!, June 2 2003
This book is basically unreadable. Impenetrable metaphysical terminology is used in dense, convoluted sentences to convey abstruse theories of meaning (at least I think that's what it is) in such a way as to be completely and utterly opaque. Half the time I didn't know what the guy was talking about, and I have a degree in this stuff and belong to Mensa. If you're interested in Turner, you'd do better to look elsewhere.
Some good reproductions though, and if you're just interested in the pictures, the price is right. Hence the two stars; the text would be zero, since it's useless.

Interpreting Matisse Picasso
Interpreting Matisse Picasso
by Elizabeth Cowling
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful analysis, June 2 2003
This book is more than a handbook to go along with the recent Matisse/Picasso exhibition. It provides a lot of useful insights into the work of both artists, and by contrasting their approach and development, it brings out ideas about the nature of each. If you're like me and want your art history to focus on an analysis and understanding of what the artist was about and why his work is significant, you'll find this book to be very worthwhile. You'll come away from it knowing more about Matisse and Picasso than you did before, and your understanding of the works discussed will be deeper.
Having said that I found that the insights came thicker toward the beginning of the book than later on. I suppose that the interaction between the two was most intense when they were younger (the book progresses chronologically) and still developing than it was later on, when they had both developed their ideas more and were perhaps a little less jealous and competitive. The nature of their mutual influence simply changed over time, and the book reflects this. The last chapter, on Picasso's extended response to Matisse's death, is quite moving.
The book focuses very closely on the pictures in the show, and discusses them only as examples of this mutual influence. Sometimes this creates a slightly odd effect, as a painting is not analyzed in full, but only to the extent that it reveals the other's impact. One would sometimes like to know more about a painting than that, and to see it in a broader context; such is not the nature of the book, however.
These are very minor quibbles though, as the book is insightful and informative and contains some very good reproductions. It is also brief and briskly written, and I recommend it whether you've seen the show or not.

Island of Adventure
Island of Adventure
by Enid Blyton
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good children's book, May 14 2003
This review is from: Island of Adventure (Hardcover)
I devoured these Enid Blyton books when I was a kid, and while I can't say I remember much about them -- or even whether I read this particular one -- I do remember that I loved them. I guess they're eclipsed by Harry Potter these days, but if you have or are a kid in the right age group who loves kids' adventure stories, you may want to give these a try.

Five Are Together Again
Five Are Together Again
by Enid Blyton
Edition: Audio Cassette
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun children's books, May 14 2003
I devoured these Famous Five books when I was a kid, and while I can't say I remember much about them -- or even whether I read this particular one -- I do remember that I loved them. I guess they're eclipsed by Harry Potter these days, but if you have or are a kid in the right age group who loves kids' adventure stories, you may want to give these a try.

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture
DVD ~ David Bowie
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty hilarious actually, May 13 2003
When this stuff was current, Bowie was the hottest, the coolest, the glam-est. Now it looks so dated, you laugh in an affectionate sort of way. It's a great memento of that era, but the video is so bad and the whole thing has such a cheesy feel that it's probably not something you'd come back to over and over. Still, it's good fun, and the hits of the day are there; it's worth a viewing or two.

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