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Lubin Tales [Hardcover]

Gerry King , Louise Burston
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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15 Sep 2009
Welcome to a world of small town debauchery and intercontinental dubious intent . . .

Lubin Tales is a 64-page hardback, pocket-sized collection of beautifully illustrated 'micro-fictions' - short stories and musings by artist and performer Gerry King. Surreal, playful and romantic the stories are woven together from various locations and time frames; an abandoned 1947 V-12 Lincoln automobile waits for a history in a French wood, British seaside resorts are portrayed with renewed love and nostalgia. A host of characters tease and entertain; the fabulous Pauls, one a continental hairdresser, the other a 1950s welterweight boxer, plus the promenade-prancing Poodle Faker and the deliciously deviant Stealerant. Each page is a visual delight, colour throughout with graphic illustration and photography.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Lubin Publishing (15 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956307701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956307705
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,460,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The absurdism of a Lear or a Lewis Carroll refracted through the noir novels of Derek Raymond. Great stuff."
--WILL SELF, October 2009

Once you have read Lubin Tales, you will almost certainly spot glimpses of King's micro-fictions in the world around you. This is a book which you will read and want to reread - it would be a perfect gift for anyone with an unorthodox imagination, an irreverent sense of humour and an interest in "intercontinental dubious intent".
--Alice Revel -, November 2009

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These tales benefit from being read aloud in a celebratory fashion, preferably to your loved one. However, much joy can be derived from the comfort of singular recitation.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The moment Captured 30 Jan 2012
I'm into writing like this at the moment. It's almost a journal that captures a moment in time and highlights the historical and cultural importance of that moment. No one living through that moment would ever think that their actions, cloths, characteristics, speech etc would ever matter but it's these captured moment that make up the true history of a bygone era. There's a lot in this short book that many will relate to. Will look out for more Gerry King writings.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
All the places Gerry King visits in Lubin Tales are familiar. I've don't think I've been to any of them but I know them all from personal experience. Gerry King is a bit like a foreign language heard for the first and only time but perfectly understood on all levels. I know because I've heard it. I 'experienced' Gerry King for three years (we were at university together) and I never ceased to be astonished by his gentle but firm grip on the spectacle. I read the situationist literature; Gerry lived it - and he'd never even heard of them before Dartington. The mundane took on a spectacular new sheen when polished by Gerry and that comes across clearly in Lubin Tales. Everyday objects displaced in time but still vital, people who came and went and were glaringly, almost painfully obvious in their normality and everyday phrases which were made to sound like technobabble - all things Gerry excels in highlighting without ever needing to resort to caricature. Everyday life is far more fulfilling than you could dream of... A walk along the front in Weston-super-Mare IS the experience of a lifetime - just try it and see. Keep a lookout for your own experiences with Lincoln Sedans abandoned in rural France. These are all experiences worth having... Gerry's had them and it's important that you do too... Read all about it... Read Lubin Tales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fear The Lube 14 Oct 2010
The people in this strange journal come out of time like the descendants of Dickens' characters come unstuck. I sometimes think of the Stealerant's kohl-eyed girl, and a pile of porno mags burning in a field. I try not to think about the Poodle Faker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not reminiscing not exactly satirical either... 26 Dec 2009
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An interesting trip down memory lane which could probably be replicated across the seaside towns of England, but if you really knew Torquay in the 70s you'll love it. As a Torquay boy who spent the last couple of school years in the same class as the author and who knew many of the characters in my late teens and early 20s I enjoyed it greatly.
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