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The Sugar Mile [Paperback]

Glyn Maxwell

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4 Mar 2005
A topical and accessible collection, The Sugar Mile takes its readers on a journey from wartime London to modern-day America. In a series of monologues, each beautifully drawn and intimate, Glyn Maxwell details the effects and experiences of conflict: the sense of community bounded by a distrust of strangers and foreigners; whole streets razed to the ground; homes lost, possessions misplaced and characters displaced; fears for loved-ones offset by tentative bargains with god; casual encounters given an intense, unreal edge by the context in which they occur; the routine drama and unfamiliar ‘everydayness’ of bombs, blackouts, shelters, temporary accommodation and evacuation . . . With painstaking clarity and honesty, Maxwell has captured the surrealism of a world under siege -- whether WWII or the war on terror declared post 9/11.

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'A significant, and highly enjoyable addition to ... a rich and varied body of work' -- TLS, 3 June 2005

'Auden lurks somewhere in the distance beyond Glyn Maxwell's The Sugar Mile, a virtuoso narrative for several voices.' -- Sunday Telegraph

'Maxwell's experience as a dramatist is evident ... superb control of this large cast ... A bold, beautiful and deeply rewarding poem' -- Helen Dunmore, The Observer, 15 July 2005

He deserves to be canonised...A Bold, dramatic work -- Sean O'Brien, Sunday Times

About the Author

An established and critically-acclaimed poet, novelist and playwright, Glyn Maxwell has previously won a Somerset Maugham award, received the E.M.Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and had three collections selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He’s also been shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward and T.S. Eliot prizes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading this book is like running a marathon 22 Feb 2009
By Richard Attanasio - Published on Amazon.com
Full disclosure: I took a workshop with Glyn Maxwell and found him to be a thoroughly pleasant and extremely interesting, surprising person. So I was predisposed to enjoy this book, and I did.

This book is challenging. I've read it twice so far and will probably read it again. The beginning in the New York Irish bar (bartender named Raul) is subtly hilarious. Guess who "Clint" and "Glenn" is, and what he's doing. There's delicious lack of precision in the words of Raul and the habitue' Joey who, it turns out, is also English, as is Clint/Glenn, and the survivor of the Blitz. Read this book slowly, and work it out as best you can.

The greatest part of the book is in the sections set during the Blitz. The takeaway for me was what it's like to be immersed in the devastation of attack; there are marvelous descriptions of behaviors of many different types of people. The book is free of the author's telling what is happening; his characters show. Without saying so, Maxwell points out that the Blitz of 1941 wasn't the last.

This book is not to be missed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading this is like running a marathon 1 Feb 2009
By Richard Attanasio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Full disclosure: I took a workshop with Glyn Maxwell and found him to be a thoroughly pleasant and extremely interesting, surprising person. So I was predisposed to enjoy this book, and I did.

This book is surprising and challenging. I've read it twice so far and will probably read it again. The beginning in the New York Irish bar (bartender named Raul) is subtly hilarious. Guess who "Clint" and "Glenn" is, and what he's doing. There's delicious lack of precision in the words of Raul and the habitue' Joey who, it turns out, is also English, as is Clint/Glenn, and the survivor of the Blitz. Read this book slowly, and work it out as best you can.

The greatest part of the book is in the sections set during the Blitz. The takeaway for me was what it's like to be immersed in the devastation of attack; there are marvelous descriptions of behaviors of many different types of people. The book is free of the author's telling what is happening; his characters show. Without saying so, Maxwell points out that the Blitz of 1941 wasn't the last.

This book is not to be missed.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great hybrid bit of literature 7 Jan 2008
By R. G. Robb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's a poem. It's a play. It's a novel. It's all three! The Sugar Mile is a story of a man in a Manhattan bar following 9/11 who reminisces about being a child during the London Blitz in WWII. The story is told in a series of individual poems by individual characters. Each character's story is told in a different style and meter.

I bought this book based on an interview I heard with the author. Having the background insight that the interview provided made for a more enjoyable read than if I'd just picked it up cold.

One of the most original modern poetic works I've read in a while.
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