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Jonathan Coe
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19 May 2008

The Dwarves of Death is a hilarious black comedy by Jonathan Coe

William has a lot on his mind. Firstly, there's The Alaska Factory, the band he plays in. They're no good, and they make his songs sound about as groovy as an unimpressed record. In fact they're so bad he's seriously thinking of leaving to join a group called The Unfortunates.

Secondly, there's Madeline, his high-maintenance girlfriend whose idea of a night of passion is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical followed by a doorstep peck on the cheek. Maybe they're not soulmates after all?

Lastly, there's the bizarre murder he's just witnessed. The guiding force behind The Unfortunates lies bludgeoned to death at his feet and, unfortunately for William, there aren't too many other suspects standing nearby. . .

'It's about being young, poor, confused and in love. It's also very funny. . . sharp, lucid and witty' Guardian

'Notable for its fresh, contemporary flavour and its bristling intellectual energy. Coe has huge powers of observation and enormous literary panache' Sunday Times

Jonathan Coe's novels are filled with biting political satire, moving and astute observations of life and hilarious set pieces that have made him one of the most popular writers of his generation. His other titles, The Accidental Woman, The Closed Circle, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, The House of Sleep (winner of the 1998 Prix Médicis Étranger), A Touch of Love, and The Rain Before it Falls, are all available in Penguin paperback.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (19 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141033282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141033280
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. His novels include The Rotters' Club, The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death and What a Carve Up!, which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. His latest novel is The Rain Before it Falls (Penguin, 2007).

The House of Sleep won the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Award for 1997.

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Notable for its fresh, contemporary flavour and its bristling intellectual energy. Coe has huge powers of observation and enormous literary panache (S unday Times)

About the Author

Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. His most recent novel is The Rain Before It Falls. He is also the author of The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, What a Carve Up!, which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The House of Sleep, which won the 1998 Prix Medicis Etranger, The Rotter's Club, winner of the Everyman Wodehouse Prize and The Closed Circle. He has also published a biography of the novelist B.S. Johnson, which won the Orwell prize in 2005. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing... 25 April 2006
By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Like other reviewers, I had read 'The House of Sleep' and absolutley loved it, so I was a bit disappointed when I read 'The Dwarves of Death'.

The blurb lead me to believe this would be more about the actual murder that William witnesses, instead it was more of an exploration of his relationship with Madeline.

There were some nice observations but I wouldn't say it was up to Coe's usual standard.

The bits about the different notes and keys of piano music also left me a bit cold.

I do disagree with the other reviewer about the loose ends though. One of the things I love about Coe's books are the structure...how different threads are picked up and tied up neatly by the end.

Sorry...but not his best work. If you haven't read his stuff before go with 'The House of Sleep'instead.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I am a big fan of Jonathon Coe. I read this book after enjoying "What A Carve Up !" and "The House Of Sleep". I found it a little disappointing.
The story has to be shoehorned into shape for it to make any sense, and some of the characters are drawn a little too roughly. The plot requires a good deal of imagination to make it fly, and it seems as if it haad been added rather late in the process.
That said, it also contains the writer's honest eye for detail, and he captures the ordinariness of life in many well-drawn scenes.
I think this is an example of the early work of a writer who now produces extremely enjoyable, meaningful, challenging and accessible work. He doesn't deliver it in this early work, but you can see the early signs of it here.
I couldn't in all honesty recommend it to anyone but his biggest fans, despite the fact it is streets ahead of most of the c**p that litters the booksellers nowadays. Compared to the quality of his later work, this book does not deliver. Only for those who are truly fascinated in the work of this talented writer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Dwarves of Death 31 July 2008
Format:Paperback
I've read a few of Jonathan Coe's books, so was pleased to find this one in a charity shop. Unfortunately, I found it to be pretty much unreadable. No character development, ridiculous plot and a very irritating habit of including music scores throughout. Go for The Rotters Club, What A Carve Up or even The House of Sleep, but avoid this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best 3 Feb 2008
By Jezza
Format:Paperback
Uninteresting and repugnant characters, complex implausible plot. Good thing that his elegant style shines through, or I wouldn't have bothered finishing it, short though it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously over the top 8 July 2014
Format:Paperback
Wonderfully entertaining - a 'comedy thriller' that was genuinely funny but genuinely thrilling at the same time. The end (with the solution to all the mysteries) was gloriously over the top.
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining read 24 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback
I have read several Jonathan Coe books and I found this one of the more enjoyable. There were various musical references and lines from sheet music scattered throughout the book which meant nothing to me. This book is shorter than some of his others and there is less detail too leaving more to the imagination.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not on of his best!
Is this by the same author as The Rotters Club and the Closed Circle? I think there is an impostor out there producing dross in someone else's name.
Published 1 day ago by B. C. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Aimiable lad gets into scrapes
This is a very jauntily written, entertaining book. An oddly aimiable lad gets into (barely credible) scrapes, and gets out of them (equally incredibly). Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2011 by E. Clarke
3.0 out of 5 stars "What's up?"..............."Nothing"
This book seems to be marketed as a mystery, but reads more like a Nick Hornby lager saga. At the end of the book lots of things suddenly fit together but, unlike with a proper... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2005 by dangermash
3.0 out of 5 stars well now...
this is more of a caution for those who want to read some J. Coe. I have not read this particular book, but i do think he was honing his craft a little in his first few novels. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2004 by john mertens
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic - one of my favourite books
Since I first brought this book when I was 16 I've had to re purchase it four times - and I still don't have a copy. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars superb full of witty phrases that sum up Coe so perfectly.
When you pick up a book, and then put the book down two days later with blisters on your fingers from turning the pages to quickly you know that you have hit a winner. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2000
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