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Cleaver
Cleaver
by Tim Parks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finely detailed tale of mountains and the mind, 11 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Cleaver (Paperback)
This book follows the journey of a man who at the height of his journalistic career, vilified by his son's newly published semi-autobiographical novel, flees the overwhelming demands of both his public and private lives to find refuge in a remote village in the mountains of the Tyrol. Here he battles with the demons of his past and present while struggling with a semi-hermetic existence on the fringe of a small village community.

This is an engrossing read, the past and present of the main protagonist unravelling before the reader as the characters around him are slowly drawn in more detail. Highly recommend this book; I shall seek out others by Tim Parks.


The Price Of Water In Finistère
The Price Of Water In Finistère
by Bodil Malmsten
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.47

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 28 July 2008
I bought this book on a whim, and am very pleased that it found me! Her writing is, as others have said, sparse but vivid and the beautifully constructed sentences roll on the tongue and inside the head, evoking strong pictures of her sometimes wistful, sometimes funny, sometimes incisive views. The details of her garden are wrapped amongst anecdotes of settling into her new adopted home and memories from her homeland. The book makes me want to explore, to travel, to plant seeds in the garden, and to write a sonnet!


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