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"For the entertainment of idiots"

Advantages: Excellent translation of one one the world's greatest works of literature.
Disadvantages: Only part of a much larger epic tale.

...This quote was originally written by a monk transcribing various Irish stories for the book of Leinster in the 12th century. This book contains one version of The Tain. In Irish he offered a blessing to any who memorised the story but in Latin he added th ...

Marge3781 05.08.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Táin - Ciaran Carson

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Is 'The Great Gatsby' really all that Great?

Advantages: Captivating story, beautifully written, short & sweet
Disadvantages: Slightly slow pace, slight detachment from characters

...as I heard about the film's release this Winter, I became determined to read the book beforehand, and after two months worth of exams, I finally got my hands on it. I read it within a day and, whilst I found it quite a quick and easy book to read, ...

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Review of The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald

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"But have you ever TRIED reincarnation?" Now in handy novel form.

Advantages: Public domain ebook, free on kindle, Funny and easily-startled rich Victorians
Disadvantages: Castaneda-style properganda not fiction, Very slow, Very boring

Intro to Victorian horror / Algernon Blackwood Algernon Blackwood is a famous Victorian horror writer, a contemporary of Edgar Allen Poe and Lovecraft. "Julius Levallon" is sometimes claimed to be his finest work. He wrote it at the height of his care ...

dragonhelmuk 30.12.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Jullius Levallon an Episode - Algernon Blackwood

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A short story set in 1950s Dublin

Advantages: Unusual, thought-provoking
Disadvantages: Expensive for a short story, a bit confusing

Something Special is a short story by the acclaimed novelist, Iris Murdoch (1919-1999). The story was published in an anthology in Japan in the 1950s and was rediscovered after the author’s death. It is the only short story that Iris Murdoch ever ...

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Review of Something Special - Iris Murdoch

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A much-needed book!

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As a student of literature, I am opened up to many new genres and literary epochs. When I decided to do eighteenth-century literature for a module choice, I have to admit that I was quite nervous; it's an entire century outwith my comfort zone. Regardless ...

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Review of The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century - Stephen Greenblatt

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