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Herschel: Symphonies ~ William Herschel
Herschel: Symphonies ~ William Herschel
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise!, June 29 2004
I must admit that I bought this CD because I was curious to hear what symphonies by the astronomer Herschel would sound like. I was most pleasantly surprised! And not least because this CD is part of the "Contemporaries of Mozart" series, and Mozart and his contemporaries are not among my favorites. Nobody would mistake these symphonies for great classics, but they are light, cheerful, and enjoyable, and I've listened to them several times. (More than I can say about most CDs I buy because I am "curious".) They don't much remind me of Mozart, by the way. Born nearly a generation before Mozart he was a closer contemporary to Haydn, although these works predate the… Read more
Night of the Radishes: A Novel by Sandra Benitez
Night of the Radishes: A Novel by Sandra Benitez
Sandra Benitez continues to evolve as a writer, and has certainly avoided the trap of writing the same book over and over. This novel begins in the American midwest, and with a much more conventional feel then her previous works. But it then move into Mexico, and starts to pick up the latin magic of her earlier books. The story also becomes deeper and more nuanced, and thereby more compelling. Always marvelously written, by the end the story is a compelling mixture of midwestern solidity, psychological insight, and Mexican mysticism. It combines the very American dissection of a family gone bad with the overlay of latin magic revealing the facts. This helps to maintain the uncertainty about… Read more
A Field Guide to Cows: How to Identify and Appreci&hellip by John Pukite
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a fun little book, July 5 2003
I bought this book for my girlfriend as a joke, but she had a lot of fun with it. It's nothing glorious or profound, it just briefly discusses the differences between breeds. For anyone who has driven rural roads thinking (or saying) "wow, look at all the cows" this book can be fun to skim through. Just a silly little book, really, but not every book needs to be serious ...