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Paradise Kindle Edition

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"A brave and uncompromising book that lingers in the mind, Paradise is A.L. Kennedy on top form" (Independent)

"This is a narrative that will not let the reader go - One of the most linguistically inventive and captivating British writers of the age" (Observer)

"The book sings its encapsulated pain with the effervescent energy of laughter" (The Times)

"Beautifully written...Her sharpest vision yet" (Guardian)

"One of Britain's most iconoclastic and fiercely independent talents, a writer who repeatedly tests our expectations... Compelling, even consuming" (Daily Telegraph)

Laurence Phelan, Independent on Sunday

'Every sentence of Kennedy's fluid prose is to be savoured'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 904 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400079454
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (31 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046H96XA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paradise

AL Kennedy's "Paradise" is hard going. The central character is Hannah, an alcoholic woman trapped in a spiral of self-justification and self-loathing, whose attempts to get out of the hole she is in are destined to be thwarted by her relationship with another alcoholic, Robert, a dentist. Kennedy invests Hannah with her considerable resources of wit - the author makes regular appearances as a stand-up at Edinburgh - but despite this she is not good company.

The circularity means that there is little in the way of plot (as opposed to incident). A period drying out comes to nothing; she loses her job; egged on by Robert she goes on a binge which brings hallucinations and annihilates her personality. Except it doesn't, because always there is this highly articulate first-person narrator talking into your ear. The process of getting drunk is a process of liquefaction, but Hannah remains always and inevitably razor-sharp. Although this does allow Kennedy to get a kind of dual perspective on the flawed narrator, cheerily insisting she's in great shape while wetting her knickers, this contradiction also invests the whole novel with a curious artificiality, as if the author is in it for the exhibitionist exercise.

How long can anyone take being buttonholed by a drunk, however intelligent and funny, in a bar? Personally I'd give it about half an hour, and certainly not 350 pages. Members of my book club felt the same - we gave it an average of 2 stars.
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I am a huge fan of A.L. Kennedy's writing, and this book does not let down anyone familiar with her other work, in that it exhibits the same imaginative, intricate and innovative use of language we have come to expect.
My only caveat is that the book seemed to run out of steam (no pun intended regarding the fact that the scene is a train) about 50 pages from the end; was that perhaps the effect of the claustrophobic world she had created?
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Brilliantly enters the reality of the hardened drinker and the way that addiction can have a quality like doomed romantic love. Takes you to a place where that makes sense and feels right. Is also searingly funny. And desperately sad. Like life is sometimes.

Recommended.
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I loved this. Considering that the 'voice' of the book comes from a woman who is almost consistently drunk, it is tremendously clear and easy to read. I love the way the novel has a looping quality, not just tiresomely darting here and there, more like a sort of chain stitch structure, always driving the story forward from start to finish, so (after the first chapter)it is absolutely clear where we are in the story. It's witty, clever, insightful, fascinating about alcoholism, and, above all, funny. I did think the last tenth of the book dragged a little - people's hallucinations are as dull to read about as their dreams. But she had stored up so much of this reader's goodwill by then that I didn't mind.
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By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2005
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Alison Kennedy's use of English is original, always interesting and at times spectacular. I found myself reading the occasional paragraph aloud to who ever would listen. She manages to lift you off the ground at the start and keep you in her world for the duration (maybe I'm still there?). This spiky, awkwardly cosy, embarrassing, painful, intensely self-absorbed world is shown with great insight and sensitivity but is not one that you would choose to inhabit. With hindsight, there are echoes of "One flew over the Cuckoo's nest" though this in no way detracts from the originality of her novel. This is not a book to enjoy in the strict sense, but makes compelling reading. Depending on your sensitivity to the subject matter you may find you need to read this in chapter sized chunks. I read this after seeing the author speaking about it - her dry, unpretentious take on life appealed to me. If you are still undecided, I would put this book in the "Essential reading" category.
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