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5.0 out of 5 stars Slowly Downward, 22 Oct 2005
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This review is from: Slowly Downward: A Collection of Miserable Stories (Paperback)
An absolutely fantastic book that can be stunningly simple and heart rendering, I have read it many times over and it has become my favourite work of fiction. Stanley Donwood is a master of short stories that are more than just stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slowly Saddening, 2 Sep 2009
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This compilation of quite mad ideas, adventures and emotions is brilliant. I've never read anything that hit me in emotional soft points like this did. The bleak outlook on life that the stories conjure is enough to make you cry; but then you are made happy by the beauty of the writing, and the falsity and irrelevance of it all. For me, it's a very satisfiying purchase. Everyone should read material like this as it makes you view life in a much more delicate way; and radiohead fanatics should read this with great satisfaction, as Stanley writes with the same style as thom yorke writes his lyrics. 5 star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection of short stories, 5 Dec 2008
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This is great selection of short stories by Stanley Donwood, well worth a read. A feared addition to your bookcase - unless you are like me and tend to store all of your literature in a fridge or cold storage unit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining, humourous little book, 26 Feb 2013
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Really enjoying this book. Witty little stories that surprise and leave you wanting more. Very well paced and full of the dark imagery that you'd find in is artwork. recommend entirely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected, 2 Feb 2012
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I wasn't too sure what to expect from this book. But after two reads of it, I am wholly satisfied. The writing is incredibly simple but hugely poignant too. Some of the stories will make you laugh or smile or cry straight away, while some will fascinate you after a second reading. Definitely one of my favourite short story collections, of not one of my favourite books. Must buy for any fan of Radiohead, and/or bleak tales of despair and woe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The wreck of the Orovik, 2 Jun 2009
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Charlie Hamley is a sailor on board the Orovik, an exploration vessel charting the Caribbean islands. Towards the end of the voyage the crew see what looks like the survivor of a shipwreck clinging to the remains of a broken barrel near the shore. They pull a small evil looking figure from the water, but he can hardly speak and seems exhausted. He says he is 'The Wee Man', but he is unable to say where he came from or what happened to him. They clean him and dress him up. Over time he gets stronger but strange things start to happen on the ship. The Wee Man becomes more and more demonic-organising shouting matches and stealing peoples clothing. The crew start to disappear. The cook throws himself overboard. Eventually only Charlie is left. He realises he has to get rid of the Wee Man. 'It's me or him' he resolves. Then follows a battle of wills. Charlie engineers a shipwreck and scuttles the Orovik. He manages to make it to land, but as he drags himself up the shore, he sees small footprints in the sand. Is the island full of more Wee Men?
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