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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 ...

moistbabe 30.01.2013 · Read full review
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Little House on the Prairie Revisited

Advantages: Claustrophobic and expansive at the same time, truly evocative
Disadvantages: None

A photograph opens the story. A black and white picture of a family, husband, wife and their three children, smiling for the camera. Thin, underfed, in their summer clothes despite the four inches of snow, they smile. Partly they smile because they do not ...

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Review of Under This Unbroken Sky - Shandi Mitchell

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Another beauty from McDonagh!

Advantages: plot, characters, suspense
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...Having devoured Martin McDonagh's Leenane trilogy, I have become quite a fan of his plays. I had planned on reading all of his work as and when I could, but hadn't put The Pillowman at the top of my to-read list; I wanted to read all of his Irish-based pl ...

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Review of The Pillowman - Martin McDonagh

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Imagine meeting yourself

Advantages: One you can read time after time
Disadvantages: None

..."The Scapegoat" is one of du Maurier's lesser known works, over-shadowed by the hugely successful "Rebecca" and "Jamaica Inn". Some of her short stories have also been made into films - notably "Don't Look Now" and "The Birds". *** The Plot *** The ...

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Review of The Scapegoat - Lisa Appignanesi, Daphne Du Maurier

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Dilemmas of Doppelganger

Advantages: Evocative writing, Great Characterisation, Fantastic Plot
Disadvantages: None

...This is a book by one of my favourite authors. When you read her other books you find out that the profession of the family involved – Glassmakers – has actually been in the du Maurier family back, a few generations ago. So she really does know what she’s ...

Goldengirl1979 26.04.2007 · Read full review
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Review of The Scapegoat - Lisa Appignanesi, Daphne Du Maurier

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