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The Slap
The Slap
by Christos Tsiolkas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't even finished yet and it gets 5 stars, 16 July 2010
This review is from: The Slap (Paperback)
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I'm close to the end of this wonderful book.

I'm reading this having recently been reading Rabbit Run, and was not expecting this Australian book to compliment Updike quite so well. In a similar way Tsiolkas captures the existential-funk of the modern middle classes. In this case what really makes it stand apart from the crowd is the authors mastery of character - taking the perspective of each of the disparate main characters in turn he shows real aplomb as he succeeds to communicate the thoughts of a teenage girl in one chapter and a geriatric grandfather in another.

I cannot reccomend this book enough - a real novel for today.


Foreskin's Lament
Foreskin's Lament
by Shalom Auslander
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars This American Life, 16 July 2010
This review is from: Foreskin's Lament (Paperback)
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This book is personal and honest.

A charming and often very funny account of what it is to grow up, and to be a man.

I first came across Shalom Auslander on the NPR show This American Life, and his pace and style fit into the laconic American non-fiction tradition that this show promotes.

Less neurotic than Jon Ronson, less hysterical than David Sedaris - but as personal, open and charming as either.


Signs And Wonders
Signs And Wonders
Offered by swankers3
Price: £5.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm afraid this is a little dull., 25 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Signs And Wonders (Audio CD)
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This is an album filled with tight pop songs and ably played instruments. However I'm afraid it amounts to very little. Like a pained little bird the singer warbles his way through these insipid ambling songs with seemingly little enthusiasm. The production is dull, and whilst some of the tracks have some of that oh so hip electro - ish (la roux etc...) structure to them they lack any of the whizzy sounds. Anyhow ultimately this amounts to little more than a sub snow patrol experience. There may have been some good songs, and a good band at the start of the recording process - but any thrill and fun that this band ever had seems to have been sucked out of them.

a damp squib.

the front cover, is lovely.


Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
by ZZ Packer
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read this now!, 13 May 2004
These are a collection of wonderful and unpretentious stories. They are so lucid, and don't ooze with metaphors and similes like other novels, but are embellished by them, seamlessly woven in by this fantastic energetic new writer. This is one of those few books that defies genre, not in its obtuseness but in its simplicity, it seems that writers are learning to just tell good, clever stories again


Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith
Price: £6.99

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh!, 16 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Elliott Smith (Audio CD)
This is outstanding, I got to hear about this guy through a friend who's taste is sometimes suspect but this! The opener Needle in The Hay is in my favourite movie of recent times the royal tenenbaums in its best scene such swirling, swelling melancholy tugs at every bit of your head he shall leave a hole in music


Do Rabbits Wonder?
Do Rabbits Wonder?
Offered by marxwax
Price: £5.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars aaaaaaaaah this is brilliant, 12 May 2003
This review is from: Do Rabbits Wonder? (Audio CD)
I saw this band live and loved them and this album is just as good, I was therefore sad to discover that their album wasn't going to be out until June, I found it today in my local record store and boy was that anticipation deserved, Every track is a stonker. the highlight of teh album for me is the second track with a violent drum solo that makes you want to scream with Joy. Thsi is not pop punk or power pop punk. This is real punk music, parallels can be drawn between This and the liars and yeah yeah yeahs all brilliant bands but this is rawer and heavier and Brilliant. Enjoy


Fictions
Fictions
by Jorge Luis Borges
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is wonderful, 8 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Fictions (Paperback)
I really read this book and appreciated it first when I was 14 and I loved it. I sat reading it on the grass in front of the oxfor natural history museum and I have been re reading it ever since ( admittedly only a year and a half ago) He is a God of literature. Few writers are capable of weaving the complicated plots that we bear witness to in the library of Babel a and tlon uqbar and orbis tertius. And who can so ably present the argument for taking a second look at the world around us in Pierre Menard auther of don quixote. If the garden of the forking paths was made compulsary reading for all mystery and crime writers, actually just compulsary reading for everyone, the world would be a better place! This book should be taught in schools! Hurrah for Borges


Up the Bracket
Up the Bracket
Price: £5.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be smacked round the face with a fish by this band!, 8 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Up the Bracket (Audio CD)
This is great, Music to make you swoon. Fantastic range ( what some people call patchy) of vocals that sweep up and down and up again before hitting you round the face and guitar riffs to make you want to pray thanks for this fantastic music. But dont listen to this and dismiss it as a rip of the clash. The influence is clear but its not the only influence there this is something new, A new punk band for the new millenia to thwack all those people who insist vehemently that sum 41 is punk rounf the head and say listen, this is what you have been missing out on when you listen to what can only be called crap.
Buy it for the sake of the future of music!


Gotham!
Gotham!
Offered by Buks4less
Price: £7.98

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and listen good, 8 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Gotham! (Audio CD)
Radio four are astounding. As a surprisingly left wing guardian reading BBC radio four listening Nme and the wire reading public school champagne socialist this record was perfect for me. It makes you feel revolutionary just listening to it. To listen to this and not tap your foot and nod your head or even break into a bizarre frenzy of appauling dancing is a heresy! You must listen and you must dance. Guitars roar all over the place and the big bass and key boards give us the impression that this band has a personality disorder; Am I a dance group or a punk group? they must constantly ask themselves. Play it loudly very loudly and enjoy it. Elements of punk funk post punk and even the rolling stones have been left inside a liquidiser inside a microwave and in a cloud of smoke the glorious Radio four have emerged triumphantly!


This Nations Saving Grace
This Nations Saving Grace
Price: £7.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why doesnt anyone I know listen to this!, 8 Jan. 2003
Godly! Mark e Smith shows the world how music should be written He sends us lyrics that are, unfortunately, as apt now as they were in the eighties. An angry death rattle of guitars and the fantastically miserable singing of Mark e smith. Make the fall one of the best and certainly one of the most important bands ever, and this is one of their best records! Hurrah. Hearing it now just shows up the utter dross that calls itself music that we hear in the charts.


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