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What a Carve Up! (Essential Penguin) by Jonathan Coe
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great British writer, 16 Mar 2001
Jonathon Coe lives and works outside the London media scene - as such he is free to write his own stories, to his own agenda, without having to concern himself with the petty struggles that often upset the London publishing circles. With 'What a Carve Up!' he has managed to avoid the contemporary pitfalls that so engage Martin Amis and Julian Barnes and has instead created one of the most fascinatingly constructed books I have ever read. Coe has not agonised in print over his love of great writers, or publicised his literary angst over the direction literature should be taking. Instead he has got on with the craftsmanship of writing a truly great novel.
With a Dickensian approach to… Read more
Three Sheets to the Wind [VINYL] ~ Idaho
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Idaho have been around since the early nineties and yet have consistently avoided the big time with a streak of bad luck not seen since Bootsy collins walked out on James Brown. After making several consistently fascinating albums they definitely reached a peak with this one. They run the full gamut of modern rock music, from bombastic rock through to introspective electronica. With nods to the Pixies, Stockhausen, Low, Swell and possibly John Cage they provide us with a bizarre collection of soundscapes to soothe, relax and then suddenly jolt our senses. I have no idea why they are so under-exposed - maybe its the sheer difficulty of playing their brand of music live that prevents them… Read more