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Miss Judith Finlay

Ireland
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  • Keeping an Eye Open

  • Essays on Art
  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

"Flaubert believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and that great paintings required no words of explanation. Braque thought the ideal state would be reached when we said nothing at all in front of a painting. But we are very far from reaching that state. We remain incorrigibly verbal creatures who love to explain things, to form opinions, to argue.... It is a rare picture which stuns, or argues, us into silence."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 'allo 'allo

  • By Matthew on 26-08-15

fascinating introduction to art history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-16

I loved it, great personal stories about the personality of the artists behind great paintings!

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  • If This Is a Man / The Truce

  • By: Primo Levi, Stuart Woolf (translator)
  • Narrated by: Henry Goodman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 163

In If This Is a Man Primo Levi describes his deportation to Poland and his 20 months in Auschwitz. In The Truce he describes his long journey to Italy at the end of the war through Russia and Central Europe. 'What has survived in Levi's writing isn't just his memory of the unbearable, but also... his delight in what made the world exquisite to him. He was himself a magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I've ever known.' (Philip Roth)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Levi's humanity shines.

  • By Liz... Bristol on 12-10-15

Everyone must read this book and know the truth x

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-16

Everyone must read this book to understand what happened from the perspective of a good and honest man, at times this is very hard to listen to, but a story like this is not meant to be enjoyable, it is meant to let us collectively remember, so we always know this is wrong, and there is joy in knowing you do not have to experience such atrocities x

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