Tim Schobert

Helpful votes received on reviews: 71% (5 of 7)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 333,180 - Total Helpful Votes: 5 of 7
Wicker Basketry by Flo Hoppe
Wicker Basketry by Flo Hoppe
This is a very good book with lots of illustrations that really show you exactly how to weave the particular basket. This is a great addition to my collection of basket-making books.
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bleak Read!, Dec 2 2010
I've read other Dickens novels and found them -- even with their inevitable digressions -- to hang together much better than this one. The introduction of comical but irrelevant characters really becomes wearing after a while. And Esther Summerson has got to be one of the sappiest characters of world literature. Although she narrates half the novel, she seems to have no desires of her own but has in mind only the welfare of everyone else. I think she must represent Dickens' ideal of what a Victorian woman should be: self-effacing, subservient, and endowed with endless patience.

Your patience, though, will be sorely tested if you decide to wade through the novel's 850-some… Read more
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent personal glimpse of Soviet life, Dec 2 2010
This is a very good novel, one that I only picked up because of the attractive design of the book (makes me wonder how we'll find books if everything becomes an e-book). I was not disappointed with my choice. The author has a very engaging style that reveals the lives of the three main characters, especially that of Nina, a former bellerina for the Bolshoi ballet during the Stalinist period of the Soviet Union. My only reservation for it is that perhaps the endings is a tad weak. Otherwise, I highly recommend this novel.

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