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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (21 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847670296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847670298
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,043,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'As though David Lynch has been let loose on the set of a drawing-room comedy.' - The Times * 'A compelling tour de force. The maniac energy of Kerouac pulses throughout the prose. Extraordinary.' - Scotsman * 'More Groundhog Day than Grand Tour, this is existential travel angst at its best.' - Guardian * 'One of the country's finest writers' - GQ"

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From the prize-winning author of The People's Act of Love and We Are Now Beginning Our Descent

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob the book on 18 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
A very frustrating, annoying and disappointing early work. Rambling, repetitive and nowhere near as clever as the reviews printed on the cover would have you believe. To call the book 'surreal' seems like an excuse. With apologies to the author, comparisons to Kerouac are misleading to say the least. Try some of Meek's more recent work.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fresh Ink on 7 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Having read 'People's Act of Love'I was really looking forward to reading this one and ended up being disappointed. First off we have no inverted commas for dialogue....kind of gimmicky, but at least Irvine Walsh uses Spanish syle lines to demark where someone is speaking....but this simply does not work. The author employs some witty and imaginative metaphors but that is about it. The story is hailed as some 'on the road' classic, but what follows is a pretty lame drive along the Uk's highways and bye byeways that feels at times like a meandering float in a rubbish filled swamp. You can give this ode to being on the road a miss, like the car the protagonist drives this story is a wreck. On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Red Draw on 29 May 2010
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Before his world wide success with the narrative-driven Peoples' Act of Love (well deserved success, in my opinion) James Meek published several original,quirky, troubling, humorous, challenging but ultimately rewarding books of fiction.

Sometimes I think the short stories in books like Last Orders and The Museum of Doubt are the best of his early writing, but this novel has much to recommend it too. Like his contemporary Alan Warner - or long-established masters such as Borges and Bulgakov - Meek's hard-edged realism bleeds into dreamlike dislocation without warning, and with troubling, haunting results.

His track record shows he knows what he's doing. Trust the narrative to take you places in a half-real, half-hallucinatory Europe-at-war. You'll be glad to took the journey.
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A Magical Mystery Tour 27 Aug. 1999
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I went to a bit of effort to buy this novel after having read Meek's entertaining short story, "Brown Pint of Courage" in the Children of Albion Rovers collection. It sounded like a neat road trip book as this ex-student dude goes bopping around Europe with a madman and a cute woman in search of an antique egg some guy is paying him to retrieve. It's not all that funny though, and wanders off into phantasmagorical areas that left me scratching my head. Oh well.
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