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The Late Hector Kipling [Kindle Edition]

David Thewlis
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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'A fine study in character disintergration and a very funny satire on the contemporary art world.' -- David Baddiel, The Times

'A queasily entertaining carnival of art and self-destruction.' -- FT Magazine

'All of Thewlis's vigour and his prose is pungent and splendidly sweary can't relive [Hector's] downward trajectory...Recklessly, exhausingly energetic.'
-- Art Quarterly

'The novel gains in its conviction as Hector's life starts to unravel, and its conclusion is hideous and merciless'
-- Timeout

'Thewlis has a driving, spiky prose style and a way with blackly comic scenarios.' -- New Statesman

'Thewlis has an eye for grotesque minutiae and, unsurprisingly for an esteemed actor, a real feel for dialogue and wordplay.'
-- The List

'Thewlis...has successfully transferred his talents to the page, displaying a sharp ear for dialogue and a scabrously satiric prose style.' -- Daily Mail

'[Thewlis] great debut novel is a wry account of a spoilt middle-man's collapse.' -- InStyle

'hugely inventive and entertaining tale...often laugh-out-loud funny. An exceptionally fine debut.' -- Morning Star

'wonderful entertainment...a funny and successful satire of the contemporary art world...written with a black and cynical honesty.' -- Observer

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'wonderful entertainment...a funny and successful satire of the contemporary art world...written with a black and cynical honesty.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 652 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416541217
  • Publisher: Picador (1 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053PHBYA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly good 20 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
I bought this because I've always liked Thewlis's acting and I have an interest in the London Art scene. I had no idea that I was picking up such a work of genius. Debut or not, this is a masterpiece. Will Self must dream of getting this good. Such ballsy and honest writing addressing all the big subjects beautifully: Life, Death, and Art. All from the point of view of this strangely lovable, dysfunctional, selfish, immature wretch of a man. The plot is great, but it's the writing that really drives it. Hector's voice is unforgettable and painfully of-the-moment. What a portrait of the pretentious, solipsistic, empty-hearted gets that society's avant-garde is birthing. Hilarious climax, too. Don't delay! Buy! Read!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Deeply scurrilous, wickedly funny and ultimately horrifying - this is a novel with attitude. It concerns the Emin and Hirst school of art, productive of works more conceptual than painterly. Hector has had some minor success and is creating a self-portrait for a prestigious gallery showing as the novel opens. He has a wonderful girlfriend, Eleni, and often goes back to Blackpool to see his Mum and Dad. But there's something missing from his life. What he finds most interesting is death (his first successful drawing was of his Auntie Pat's dead budgie). He wonders how death, someone else's death, might contribute to his artistic sensibilities. Hector would like somebody to die, somebody close enough for him to care about - and that, of course, makes him feel terrible.

When things start to go wrong, involving a foppish stalker, a large ugly settee, and a sadistic female American poet, Hector becomes locked in a spiral of disaster that leads to the breakdown of his relationships with everyone, and to a huge hole in the floor of the Tate Gallery. Hector is splendid in a rather horrifying way. He is the epitome of the self-absorbed artist, but he is also very self-knowing, so the reader quickly becomes complicit in his outrageous thought-patterns, if not in his equally outrageous behaviour.

This very funny novel is full of bile and spleen on the subject of the modern art scene. David Thewlis is better known as an actor and was seen relatively recently playing identical twin brothers in the BBC series The Street.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Right Laugh 16 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
Having enjoyed David Thewlis's role in Mike Leigh's Naked I bought the book on the strength of that.
Wondering if I was falling into the trap of reading something by a 'celebrity' somebody I 'know' rather than a 'proper' author.
However, celebrity or not, the work stands on it's own, I like the way it's written and to my mind D. Thewlis is a 'proper' author.
If you've had any brush with the art world at all you're going to love this, either way it'll make you laugh and appeal to your self destructive side. Enjoy!
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