Pierre Gauthier

Top Reviewer Ranking: 348
Helpful votes received on reviews: 65% (107 of 164)
Location: Montréal


Top Reviewer Ranking: 348 - Total Helpful Votes: 107 of 164
The Vatican: All the Paintings: The Complete Colle&hellip by Anja Grebe
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!, March 29 2014
This bulky book presents photos of all the paintings in the Vatican Museums as well as of many other works of art visible on the premises.

Sadly, it does not seem to be conceived to match the readers needs:
 its sheer weight and size makes it very uncomfortable to handle;
 many of the photos are only a few inches square in area;
 the layout often makes for very wide columns of text that are difficult to read;
 the writing style is at best adequate but often awkward.

Worse, there clearly appears to be a significant lack of quality control:
 maybe a dozen captions are placed next to the wrong picture so that, for example, a painting that is… Read more
1.0 out of 5 stars Décevant !, March 16 2014
Ce livre de grand format est signé du dessinateur qui collabore avec Jacques Martin pour produire les albums dAlix.

On y inscrit une description de Rome au IVe siècle dans une historiette banale censée sans doute fournir au lecteur une saveur de la vie quotidienne à lépoque. Les nombreux dessins ressemblent beaucoup à ceux des albums dAlix _ nécessairement ! _ et les photos sont de qualité médiocre.

Lauteur se présente comme un autodidacte et ne revendique aucune rigueur historique, urbanistique ou architecturale.

On se demande donc à quel public sadresse son ouvrage qui… Read more
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising!, Feb. 1 2014
This 19th century novel is based on the very peculiar premise of a man selling his wife and daughter to a stranger for five guineas. Though this was probably as preposterous when the novel was written as it is now, the result is surprisingly coherent and pertinent.
Indeed, though somewhat predictable, the plot is well conceived with no loose ends left in the end. Clearly, unlike so many of say Dickens novels, this work was carefully constructed from the start.

The changing relations between characters as their relative status evolves are the true theme of this work. This strikes a bell with respect to our own times not only because of changing family relations through… Read more

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