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Forgetting Zoe by Ray Robinson
Forgetting Zoe by Ray Robinson
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indelible Memories, 27 Jun 2010
I read my first Ray Robinson novel, 'The Man Without' early last year, and have been eagerly awaiting 'Forgetting Zoe' on the strength of it. Glad to say I've not been disappointed!

'Forgetting Zoe' is a novel that confronts the seedier, more twisted aspects of human nature, focusing on the abduction of the young Zoe by Thurman Hayes, a psychologically damaged man whose inferiority complex drives him to the extreme lengths we see in this book.

But the novel isn't solely 'about' the abduction: the novel's scope is much broader, turning its lens on the girl's absent father and guilt-stricken mother, the abductor's troubled past, and the fascinating complexities of… Read more
The Parthian Stations by John Ash
The Parthian Stations by John Ash
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I'm familiar with John Ash's earlier collections, having especially enjoyed The Burnt Pages and consider myself a fan but The Parthian Stations is a big disappointment and, biased feelings about the author's oeuvre aside, not a very good book.

Ash has on the whole substituted capacious structures and sparkling imagination for brevity and a sardonic sense of humour. While deployed competently, the new 'short and bitter' poems quickly become exhausting - even a bit tedious.

'...I knew perhaps six people,
and disliked half of them.
One was a witch, another
an embittered failure. They
were married in hell...'
- Malediction II (Arrival II)… Read more
Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec
Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
'The perceived not a sum of elements to be distinguished from each other and analysed discretely, but a pattern, that is to say a form, a structure: the element's existence does not precede the existence of the whole, it comes neither before nor after it...'

For me, the most remarkable thing about 'Life: A User's Manual' is its scope, and the impression it leaves once finished. The quotation above is a good introduction to the book: you will find the mundane jostling with the fantastic in seemingly random patterns in the author's attempt to represent life at a single, isolated moment in time.

The exhaustive lists that populate this book can get a bit… Read more

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