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The Accidental
The Accidental
by Ali Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A musical novel., 28 May 2012
This review is from: The Accidental (Paperback)
I thought the opening of this contained writing which was sharp in tone, and showed the author to have a very natural writing style. However, the end of it was a bit flat.


On Beauty
On Beauty
by Zadie Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many distractions, 29 Jun. 2009
This review is from: On Beauty (Paperback)
A review below describes this as a campus novel - in fact, the problem with it is that it isn't enough of a campus novel. The best sections are those which poke fun at the politics, the theorizing, the elitism of university life. One of the most memorable of these was the vignette of one of Howard Belsey's students, totally confused with his destruction of what she has learned so far. But like much in the book this is never fully developed. Similarly, the token lifts from Howard's End are unnecessary and are not really central to the plot, or say much about anything (compare the centrality of the bequest of the house in the original, to its utter inconsequence as the painting in On Beauty).

Overall (funnily for something with painting as a theme) the canvas is far too large here, and the unconvincing Levi, the weakness of the Haitian plot, and the abysmal ending ruin what potentially might have been a much tighter and sharper book.


The Secret Scripture
The Secret Scripture
by Sebastian Barry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Memories of Sligo, 3 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Secret Scripture (Hardcover)
The flaws of this book are well thrashed out by now (it is implausible in many ways, and not just in the Hollywood-style revelation at the end), but it is worthwhile in other ways, not least for the ponderings on the slippery nature of history and memory. The tension in the book comes from the disjuncture between the two stories, and as some have suggested it might have been better if it lay unresolved. Barry does succeed though in strikingly conveying the terrible wrongs inflicted on Roseanne, and the power of the church (and indeed of parents) is well-drawn. In summary, this is worth your time, but as long as you are prepared to put up with the ramshackle plot.


Sound Of Silver
Sound Of Silver
Price: £4.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Over and over again...., 18 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Sound Of Silver (Audio CD)
What an opener - listen to 'Get Innocuous' as loud as you can! And the album keeps the standard up throughout - 'Us v them' being another pinnacle. A classic.


Person Pitch
Person Pitch

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really getting it, 6 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Person Pitch (Audio CD)
Has some moments, but after trying a lot to see if there's more beneath the surface I'm not sure there is. I do like the way it shifts between tracks though, so there's no sense of any 'songs' on the album. Which is interesting enough in a way. 3 (more 2.5) but giving it the benefit of the doubt.


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