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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (6 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007185189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007185184
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,390,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Featuring a neat twist at the end, this is a fantastically original study of obsession, life, love – and birds.’ -- FHM

'This is an original, deeply felt novel whose raw lyricism feels powered by the forces of nature itself.’ -- Metro

‘Compulsively readable...a moving meditation on the nature...of love and friendship...in a world blighted by human greed.’ -- Jem Poster, Guardian

‘[Freddi’s] sensitive treatment of the rekindled romance between artist Stevie and the trigger-happy narrator reveals subtle emotional shadings. -- Sunday Times

From the Publisher

One of the most exciting debut novels for years...Cris Freddi has created three memorably vivid characters...a debut author with a wealth of talent. His will be a name to watch in the future. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This is an engrossing and involving novel that appears, at first glance,to be about birdwatching. Or twitching, the more competetive end of that hobby. Actually, though the three main characters, including the narrator, are all keen twitchers, and much of the book describes typical twitching behaviour, it is really about something else altogether. Like, I suppose, all works of literature worthy of the name, it addresses serious issues. Art. Love. The meaning of life. And, OK, quite a lot about gulls too.

The three young leading characters all have varying degrees of talent. Stevie has a talent for art, but is tortured by not been quite good enough; Bish has a musical gift which he is careless of and our un-named narrator has no discernable talents at all.

Whether having a talent (including being appeciative of birds, a kind of talent, which all three share) makes your life more or less bearable and more or less pointless is the big issue that Chris Freddi slyly addresses while telling his darkly comic story. Throw in some examinations of sacrifice and self-sacrifice, and of morality issues regarding how extreme a direct action can be against something you disagree with and the book starts to sound pretty heavy going.

Nothing could be further from the truth and our foul-mouthed, frequently unpleasant (not to mention murderous) narrator is a funny and often engaging companion. The episode with the undercover tax inspector is especially funny, but absurd humour runs right through the book.

Only at one place did I feel Freddi puts a foot wrong: the description of Bish's glee at seeing a policewoman is a wheelchair, while clearly designed to prove these characters are spikey and edgy, not cuddly and safe, was just too unpleasant for me.
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I have reviewed this before and said then that it was compulsively readable. Then I saw the film and was disappointed. The book is just so much better. Why did they change the whole premise?? Read the book - it's like nothing else out there.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sue Maroti on 4 Sept. 2006
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It says 'compulsively readable' on the cover, from a review in the Guardian, and that is exactly what it is. It is weird, but wonderfully weird, and beautiful and moving when you least expect it. Unlike most other fiction out there, which is what makes it so special.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2005
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Vivid, raw and totally gripping. A really clever and intelligent plot - which pulls you in so deeply you just can't escape. This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I have to say it was one of the best books I've read in a very long time.
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