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The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Dice Man is a book I'd heard about and was happy to read when it was suggested for book club. It started off well; a depressed psychiatrist roles a dice to determine his fate, starting a random chain of events that challenge his identity and steer him further and further from his comfortable middle class life. In its anarchic and comic way, the novel asks why we stick to the narrow scripted roles we're familiar with, when we have the ability to choose from a much wider range of life's possibilities? Where do the boundaries lie between what is sane and insane? etc etc. Sounds quite good? Well, you've only heard half of it....

It's funny in places, but not funny enough to… Read more
The Clothes On Their Backs by Linda Grant
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing, 9 Aug 2009
A book that promised much, but fell short on delivery. Grant's powers of description are wonderful and she really brings 1970's London to life. Many interesting characters and themes are introduced, but are left dangling with no real follow-through. The story felt incomplete and the ending, flat and frankly, depressing. I don't understand the praise it has received...
A Widow For One Year by John Irving
A Widow For One Year by John Irving
Not his best by a long margin, but worth reading if you're a fan. A book in three parts that despite the consistency of characters feels like three odd books stuck together. I really enjoyed part one - the summer of 1958. A great Irving mix; by turns hilarious and moving. But by the time the book really focuses on Ruth (in parts two & three) I wasn't so impressed. I didn't find her likeable, but worse I didn't find her believable. I really wanted a resolution to Eddy's waiting, but Ruth's happy ending felt very contrived.

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