The Less Deceived

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Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest
Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
For me, this book only really comes to life after the author meets, then breaks up with, her Gypsy Husband (GH), who is actor Colin Farrell (though it's never explicitly acknowledged). Although it had been engaging and witty up to this point, which is why I stuck with it, it acquires a new depth in the aftermath of the relationship - chapters 33 to 35 are particularly powerful - and becomes ever more moving.

So if you waver early on, wondering if you can take all the self-obsession and cheesy parties and almost-chick-lit fluffiness, don't be put off. By the end of the book, you'll realise what it really is - a kind of threefold love letter to her therapist, GH and her… Read more
The Slap [DVD] [2011] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jonathan LaPaglia
The Slap [DVD] [2011] DVD ~ Jonathan LaPaglia
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I love the book - and I love this adaptation. This is TV at its very best. It's beautifully shot and the ensemble cast are superb. Alex Dimitriades as Harry is perhaps the best of all - he captures brilliantly Harry's twitchy machismo and pent-up aggression. Sophie Lowe as Connie is also excellent, simultaneously precocious and vulnerable.

On the whole, it's very faithful to the novel, though the TV writers do make some changes, most of which work well. Some work less well - for instance, unlike in the novel, Anouk knows that something's going on between Hector and Connie. Yet they don't do anything dramatically with her knowledge, so why make the change?

My only other… Read more
Men in Space by Tom McCarthy
Men in Space by Tom McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Remainder, 8 Dec 2011
I thought Remainder a little overrated - a brilliant idea let down by less-than-brilliant humdrum prose. It read to me like a second draft, badly in need of honing and polishing.

Not so Men in Space - this is the best prose I've read in years: precise, poetic and alert. Even though very little really happens in the book (I was as uninterested in the perfunctory plot as McCarthy himself), its brilliant prose makes it a pleasure to read. I didn't want it to end. Superb dialogue too.

After Remainder, I thought that McCarthy was a highly intelligent (if slightly hipsterish) ideas man - but not a particularly talented writer. Men in Space proves that my assessment was… Read more