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Interesting and dark novel. Well worth a read

Advantages: Well written gripping story with complex characters
Disadvantages: A little inappropriate for some readers. Need to be 'awake' when reading.

I chose to read Before she met me by Julian Barnes for my Coursework when I was studying English Literacy as an example of obsession. And it did not disappoint. Story The novel follows the life of divorcee Graham who left his wife and child to marr ...

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How the past affects the present

Advantages: you are left unsure how exactly it will end
Disadvantages: unbelievable

This novel tells the story of a man (a historian ie. past present idea)who leaves his wife after having an affair and remarries. At first he is extreamily happy with the situation, he's left a stale marriage he never enjoyed and has found someone ...

AlexMayer 02.07.2000 · Read full review
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Nothing but the truth

Advantages: Mildly entertaining, some good characters
Disadvantages: Some not so good characters, inconsistent

I suspect that there are few people who have never lied, even if it is *only* to keep the peace or to protect someone's feelings. I wonder, would we be less likely to tell those lies if we took a moment to think through the possible consequences first. ...

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Review of Bitter Sweets - Roopa Farooki

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light on the sweet, heavy on the bitter

Advantages: Readable; interesting ideas
Disadvantages: some characters very weak, tied up too neatly

On starting to read ‘Bitter Sweets’ I was expecting something like ‘Brick Lane’ by Monica Ali, although perhaps I was adhering a bit excessively to the general expectation of a novel by an ‘Asian’ author. Right or wrong, I therefore predicted the followin ...

Starlight81 20.06.2010 · Read full review
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La Provence profonde

Advantages: Moody, moving, meticulous, marvellous
Disadvantages: None of importance

Those who have seen the two films Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources will have no difficulty recognising this story, on which they are based. Reading the book, one is struck again and again by how faithfully the films follow the plot, as well as cap ...

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Review of The Water of the Hills - Marcel Pagnol

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