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5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing at a funeral.
I never imagined I could laugh so hard at such a sombre moment! This book brilliantly combines both humour and darkness into one mammoth stream of consciousness that is Daniel's life. It is grim yet comfortable, a tragedy yet hilarious and most of all the writing is quick witted and often written in an almost poetic form. So many passages were unforgetable and moving with...
Published on 18 Jan. 2003 by Rachael Smith

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1.0 out of 5 stars Deadbeat in dead end.
The art of writing newspaper obituaries combines rigour, subtlety and colour. A hint or a euphemism can say much about a deceased subject. But at least obituaries have some sort of plot, unlike this book. It follows a bit of a loser called Daniel who drifts into the world of obituary writing and conceives a book of notorious people - alive and dead - who might end up in...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing at a funeral., 18 Jan. 2003
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Rachael Smith (Brisbane, Australia.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Who's Who in Hell (Paperback)
I never imagined I could laugh so hard at such a sombre moment! This book brilliantly combines both humour and darkness into one mammoth stream of consciousness that is Daniel's life. It is grim yet comfortable, a tragedy yet hilarious and most of all the writing is quick witted and often written in an almost poetic form. So many passages were unforgetable and moving with the author's powerful use of imagery. I almost feel like I've been to 'The Owl', an imaginary, almost bohemian, restaurant/bar in London's Crouch End, which Daniel and Laura live above. The atmosphere is exotic and offbeat which permiates every page of Chalmers' book. It is a novel which has a distinctly unique and refreshing style, which makes reading both enjoyable and stimulating. A must for anyone who enjoys quality writing...which is hard to come by these days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best books I have read, 10 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Who's Who in Hell (Paperback)
This is one of the best books I have ever read and one of the few I will read again. It is one of the books of which I read every word instead of as I some times do,scanning a page without losing the plot. I wanted to read every word. In this book not a word is wasted. Robert Chalmers has a gift of knowing and understanding human beings of today and is able to describe them so well I feel I know them all. I was in the cafe with Daniel Linnell and his companions. I was with him deciding which characters to go in the book Who's Who In Hell. I do not want to give the story away but if you want a true to life exciting read this is the book for you. You will
feel sorrow, happiness, and all the emotions of the characters. I can't wait to read his next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping but ultimately FRUSTRATING!!!, 21 July 2002
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I was gripped from the first page - so many questions to be answered about Daniel's past, the intriguing world of obituaries desks, his relationship with the kooky Laura. But in the end, it all seemed to come to nothing - unsatisfactory if you like all your loose ends tied up. I guess what it's really about is the random nature of life and love and how the unexpected is always just around the corner. Didn't stop me throwing the book at the wall when it drew to it's close though - I wanted MORE!!! And, as a proof-reader, the author's constant swapping between Daniel and Linnell to refer to our main character was irritating. I'm not saying don't read it - just, if you see what I've missed - can you let me know....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its okay, 14 Feb. 2013
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Preferred East of Nowhere. Wasn't really impressed although i leant it too a friend and she really enjoyed it so i guess its each to their own
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Nov. 2014
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A good book well written.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deadbeat in dead end., 8 July 2002
This review is from: Who's Who in Hell (Paperback)
The art of writing newspaper obituaries combines rigour, subtlety and colour. A hint or a euphemism can say much about a deceased subject. But at least obituaries have some sort of plot, unlike this book. It follows a bit of a loser called Daniel who drifts into the world of obituary writing and conceives a book of notorious people - alive and dead - who might end up in Hell. Actually this part of the novel takes up a relatively small part and is suddenly dropped almost as soon as it appears. What the book is really about is Daniel's relationship with the irritating Laura, an American with problems at home and a bar job that enables her to get taxis everywhere. That's all you need to know really. The novel meanders on without really making any meaningful pit stops along the way. It's not badly written but all rather pointless. And unlike a good obituary, it's full of mistakes. The bar in which Daniel and Laura met mysteriously changes from the Cafe Leon to the Northumberland Arms. His boss mentions a three-year-old conversation as if it had been discussed yesterday. Apart from a slight insight into obituary desks, you don't feel you've gained much from this book.
And even the title is not original. There's already a book called Who's Who in Hell, a philosophical tome listing worthies who have negative views on a Supreme Being. Might prove a better read....
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor, 3 Sept. 2002
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this is a generally disapointing book. whoever wrote the synopsis clearly hadn't read the book. author has dry sense of humour and is observationally amusing but I utterly failed to understand the attraction of Laura. to summarise - book has a few witty set pieces and good character development but these are cobbled together by a flimsy story that is ultimately unsatisfying.
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