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Refusal Shoes
Refusal Shoes
by Tony Saint
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daring to be different, 17 July 2003
This review is from: Refusal Shoes (Paperback)
At a time when all first time authors are referred to as “the new ....” Tony Saint’s debut is incomparable to anything that has gone before. In “Refusal Shoes” Saint introduces us to the world of terminal C, the airline gateway to the UK. This is a world of madness and chaos with thoroughly deplorable characters throughout, and that’s just those that work there! Amongst this sea of madness swims the hero Henry, a man out of place who it appears is also to be going out of his mind. Through the eyes of Henry you see the vindictiveness of fellow officers and the desperate lengths that those seeking asylum will go to. The plot twists around corruption and the illegal entry of undesirables are handled deftly, right up to the thoroughly satisfying denouement!
This is darkly comic novel, with wry observations on the world of immigration and the sort of characters it attracts. You can make an argument that some very important statements are being made, about humanity about the things we would least like to admit about ourselves, but when it comes down to it, this is just funny, a great debut from a promising talent. A must for all discerning readers. FIVE STARS!


Refusal Shoes
Refusal Shoes
by Tony Saint
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daring to be different, 26 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Refusal Shoes (Paperback)
At a time when all new authors are referred to as the new “whoever”, Tony Saint is incomparable to anything that has gone before. This is an impressive debut, expertly written with an innovative plot, richly dark in its humour, and including the rare treat of genuine laugh out loud moments.
In “Immigration Shoes” Saint launches us into the uncompromising world of Terminal C, the airport gateway to Great Britain. Despite the protestations to the contrary on the back cover, his depiction of life in the UK Immigration Service is all to believable as a true representation. The combination of utterly loathsome characters with mind numbing tedium has you sympathising with the main protagonist from the off, we have all experienced such characters and situations in offices, just never in such abundance.
As the plot unfolds you find yourself siding against everyone but the main character, Henry, as he swims against a tide of chaos, you are carried along with him in the hopelessness of his situation, aided only by the deft comic touches, until the final, most satisfying denouement.
This is splendid on a number of levels, but perhaps it’s greatest triumph is that it exposes what we least like to admit about our own country, as Bertrand Russell once said,
“Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation or creed”
A must for all discerning readers!


Koudelka
Koudelka

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They forgot its a game!, 8 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Koudelka (Video Game)
Koudelka has an excellent story, with excellent characters, and the video segments are also excellent. However the game play itself is just to easy, and to boring.
The designers seem to have spent so much time on the graphics and the story they forgot the whole point of a playstation game is to play it!
This is the first game of this type I have completed without ever dying or ever having to use the healing items picked up along the way. I'm sure I am not that good.


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