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Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,503 - Total Helpful Votes: 607 of 806
NW by Zadie Smith
NW by Zadie Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Zadie Smith - NW, 20 July 2014
This 2012 book is a creative and inventive view of north west London; Leah is a slightly directionless young woman living in Willesden in a slightly directionless relationship with foreigner Michel. Leah's schoolfriend Natalie appears to be living a perfect life, married to a handsome and wealthy man with beautiful children and an enviable house. Elsewhere in NW Felix is recovering from addiction and trying to get his life back on track.

The book revolves around these central characters and the story chops back and forth as Smith experiments with different narrative styles that vary in effect. Because of this the story suffers slightly with style seeming to take precedence much… Read more
The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles
The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles
Set amidst the miasmal melting pot of small town Mississippi, Iles' third Penn Cage thriller is a pretty satisfying ride. Cage is now mayor of Natchez and with it comes the responsibility of pleasing everybody he grew up with as well as satiating all of the other residents too; a tough job that's made tougher with the arrival of a bunch of gangsters who are up to no good on one of the city's casino steamboats. Cage is informed of various nefarious activities going on both aboard this ship and amongst a reclusive nook of the Mississippi known as The Devil's Punchbowl; drugs, prostitution, rape and vicious dog fighting are just some of the crimes being reported. But Cage has to step lightly,… Read more
Harvest by Jim Crace
Harvest by Jim Crace
4.0 out of 5 stars Jim Crace - Harvest, 25 Jun 2014
Harvest is the story of Walter Thirsk, a resident of an unnamed village in an unnamed year. It is harvest time and the villagers are busy preparing their fields for the winter and the coming spring. Told over the course of just one week, Harvest becomes a study of small town communities and what happens when uninvited outsiders appear. A trio of outsiders have set up camp outside the village limits and have been blamed for a recent bought of arson. They are confronted one night and punished by the villagers, talk of witchery circulate amongst the villagers in regards to the new arrivals. Through Walter's narrative the faults and generalisations of this small village are put under the… Read more

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