Glorious memoir, gloriously read by Stefan Rudnicki, who takes great care with his Russian pronunciation (much appreciated!). I'm picking my next Nabokov on the basis of Rudnicki's reading.
Pretentious meta-literary claptrap. Not surprising that one of the characters admires John Fowles. I don't. Twelve hours of my life I'll never get back.
Typically brilliant reading wasted on distinctly unbrilliant material.
Terrific novel--Gaskell is a new discovery for me. She's not the wit or stylist Austen is, but she gives an entirely new twist to the Victorian marriage plot (no spoilers here, but look for the role reversals in the lead couple). Juliet Stevenson is MAGNIFICENT, goes straight to the top of my brilliant Brit readers list.
Keats writes like a dream, and the narrators read like a dream. Beautiful job of editing letters and poems together. Music unobtrusive.
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