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Still [Paperback]

Adam Thorpe
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26 Feb 1996
' outwardly the unfilmable script of a would-be English cineste, one Richard Arthur Thornby currently lecturing in Texas on the cinema. He airs a hypothetical movie of both his own American present and his middle-class English families past. . ' John Fowles

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (26 Feb 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749396229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749396220
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,024,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a prodigiously rich and allusive book ... We haven't been exposed to such a Rabelaisian gusto of language... if you want to claim that you have lived through this century, that you think you 'understand' its peculiar English seas, its psychological immensities - not least those of self-deception - here is your book." (John Fowles Spectator)

"Complex and playful, joyous and devastating, something as downright relevant as the tip of your nose ... Still is actually a film in fiction. It's as bright and disjointed as The Waste Land." (The Observer)

"Enduring, effervescent ... A masterpiece of slipstreaming, sinuous prose." (Scotland on Sunday)

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'This is a prodigiously rich and allusive book ... outwardly the unfilmable script, far more imaginary than real, of a would-be English cineaste, one Richard Arthur Thornby currently lecturing in Texas on the cinema. He airs a hypothetical movie of both his own American present and his middle-class English family's past ... We haven't been exposed to such a Rabelaisian gusto of language, such an endless jacuzzi of slang, film-crew jargon and erudition since Ulysses and Finnegans Wake: so much quirky humour since Tristram Shandy ... if you want to claim that you have lived through this century, that you think you 'understand' its peculiar English seas, its psychological immensities - not least those of self-deception - here is your book'

John Fowles, Spectator

'Complex and playful, joyous and devastating, something as downright relevant as the tip of your nose ... Still is actually a film in fiction. It's as bright and disjointed as The Waste Land'

Observer

'Enduring, effervescent ... A masterpiece of slipstreaming, sinuous prose'

Scotland on Sunday

'Still is a much-needed reminder that the novel still offers possibilities which have barely been glanced at even after more than three hundred years of practice'

Literary Review

'A modernist's treat ... profane, poetic, pompous and hilarious'

Time Out


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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Capturing the spirit of our (and other) times 12 Nov 1999
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Although not universally aclaimed upon publication, Thorpe's second novel is a masterpiece. That it is 700 pages of stream of conciousness writing suggests it may be a hard slog, but in actual fact it is a delight from start to finish, containing much wit, ironic observation of social mores both past and present (including some scathing satire on modern American political correctness) and a fallible and sympathetic main character. Thorpe displays an unerring ability to capture the spirit of our times (as he did so memorably in the last chapter of his first novel, Ulverton) through dialog and observation. The scope of the novel is epic yet it is never over ambitious or pretentious. Although broadly a linear narrative, the interweaving of events in the present and near and far past carries the reader along. A haunting and memorable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ohmygodidon'tknowwhattodo 5 Jun 1997
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it's thick as the London phone book, god, and every line stream of consciousness what's that oh a fly it's in the airplane you wonder if they know they're flying in the plane i mean anyway it's about Ricky Thornby who never was, he never was anything much but a down at heel producer of industrials well maybe the Eisenstein of industrials, but still... fan as i am of adam thorpe, and acquainted with ricky from Clive's Seasons, you know, the little dreary Beeb thing at the end of ulverton the part with the skeleton and all, anyway, fan as i am, this book still scared the hell out of me i mean 600 pages or so and all like this only more tough sledding sledding would it be citizen kane or ulysses or some Blooming other thing, well, it was Ricky, ricky and his secrets revealed a word and a word until my word it takes your breath away and you will never forget it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mad, very funny, black ride through a delusional mind... 7 Mar 2001
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This is undoubtedly my favourite book of all time. Pretty big call I know and particularly considering the fact that it took me about three goes before I actually could finish the first chapter. Why? It is initially quite a difficult read, breaking nearly every writing convention I had learnt. Few sentence breaks, no 'new paragraph for a new thought' philosophy here. I found it quite frustrating at first, having not previously been exposed to stream-of-consciousness writing.
If you persevere, and allow yourself to be immersed in the flow of the character's thoughts, you will be richly rewarded with an extremely humourous and very, very clever piece of writing. I read this book about 2 years ago and even now, some of the 'scenes' remain so beautifully clear and funny in my mind. Particularly when I'm sucking on M&Ms....
I cannot commend this book highly enough. I urge anyone out there to read it and allow yourself to be swept away with the words and the wit.
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