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Re: New now reading

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 07 Nov 2017, 15:44

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I don't know how many of you are familiar with Baker's writing, but he specializes in the minutiae of daily life. This is, as I'm about a third of the way through, one of his best that I've read.


I read his first half dozen or so. Is this a particularly good one? I was put off by Vox and the Fermata, but enjoyed The Anthologist.


If you liked The Anthologist then I can pretty much guarantee you'll like this one.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Moleskin » 07 Nov 2017, 15:52

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The third of his I've read. I'm going through an Icelandic fiction phase.


I've got the Harvill edition of that, picked it up cheaply in Oxfam a while back, but it's still on my to-read pile. I liked The Atom Station a lot.


Iceland's Bell is the one. Fantastic. I'll get back to you once I've read this. It seems to be reckoned his masterpiece.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 09 Nov 2017, 15:00

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The blurbs on the cover are right. I'm really enjoying this.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Tactful Cactus » 11 Nov 2017, 11:55

Snarfyguy wrote:The blurbs on the cover are right. I'm really enjoying this.


I gave up halfway through -- it was very well pieced together and I enjoyed reading about 40's/50's London but as his character develops he's nothing much more than a colourful hanger-on. The people around him were far more interesting.


I've started into I, Claudius...confusing, a lot of names to get used to up-front but enjoying it after a few chapters in
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 11 Nov 2017, 12:05

I, Claudius and Claudius the God are great fun in a classical period soap opera kind of way.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 14 Nov 2017, 09:23

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I didn't enjoy that. Quit way before the end.

Me too. The deal-breaker was that one pages-long sentence that just seemed to be begging for critics to call it a 'bravura feat' or something. Give me break.

Well, I enjoyed it plenty, but it's undoubtedly an aimless mess of a novel. I enjoyed the prose, but there seem to be about 5 characters and two plotlines that could've been chopped, without anything being lost, because in the end they never went anywhere. The whole novel never seemed to go anywhere, really. That one-sentence chapter is a Steve Vai solo. You're meant to be impressed, he's got the chops, but it doesn't fit and it's very contrived.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 14 Nov 2017, 09:28

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Absolutely loving this. Ok, the plot is really a sequence of set-pieces, and I'm not really sure where some of the characters emerged from only to be killed (Jerry, Lew Yard, anyone?), but you'd have to be blind not to love the clipped-yet-florid prose.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Robert » Yesterday, 14:45

About one fourth in.Like nearly of of his work, a great great read.



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