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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, funny, furious invective, with added cartoons, 7 May 2012
This review is from: 1948 (Paperback)
What a strange yet sustaining book this is. Think 'Fatherland', only with the Russians winning the war. The Pushkin sonnet might sound kind of off-putting, but is actually a tight rhythmical form that moves the novel along at great pace, while allowing room for plenty of amusing digressions. The mystery, which encompasses an Eric Ambler spy, the first London Olympics and a synopsis of Eric Blair's '1984' that sounds oddly prescient, is hokum, of course, but very enjoyable hokum. Croft is a deeply unfashionable poet who is proud of his exclusion, his northernness, and rightly so. Rowson's illustrations are superb. I read it in one sitting, pausing between sections to make it last longer. If you're after fast, funny, furious invective, this book is for you. Thanks to Nicholas Lezard, who made it his book of the week in The Guardian, for the tip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MINI MASTERPIECE, 25 Sep 2012
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pete shields "axepete" (Mansfield Notts England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 1948 (Paperback)
For my sins, I guessed
I was cursed, not blessed
To become a poet of sorts
Prone to lyrical thoughts
Writing songs, playing guitar
Performing in some dingy bar
And to earn a another crumb from the crust
Caricaturing folk when needs must
So I found 1948 absolutely sensational
Nothing short of inspirational
Martin Rowson, a favourite from The Digger
( A rag like Private Eye but more colourful and bigger )
Andy Croft's creative, intelligent writing
Yes, this wee book is most exciting
A mini masterpiece I would say
So buy it ..... today ..... go on ..... straight away
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5.0 out of 5 stars True red, 31 Dec 2013
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Simon Barrett "Il penseroso" (london, england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 1948 (Paperback)
I could never hack Byron's Don Juan, but Andy Croft takes the rhyme scheme as his template and runs with it. Rollicking rhymes - summoned/Bulldog Drummond; Red Army/origami; puppy/making whoopee (you have to get the accent right) - and a rattling satiro-parodic yarn combining noir, alt reality and comedy. But flippant? Only if 'This maxim's from a book of Gorky's' floats your boat. Agitprop doesn't come much better than this

Croft's a safe pair of hands. He knows Guernica rhymes with job-seeker and where the stress lies in Akhmatova and Lycidas. He talks of bankers' bonuses 'large as Kronos's' - actually Cronus's, but the boy ain't stupid (nearly as clever, I'll wager, as his collaborator Martin Rowson). Above all his heart beats red. But how, I wonder, has this comparative stripling got to hear of Nora Lofts, Berta Ruck and Boots Libraries? Hue and Cry? Blimey - makes me feel young. This is Andy's second essay in the endangered long poem genre. (Memo: tackle Ghost Writer again.) The gong must surely be in the post
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and Quick Witted, 13 July 2012
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R. Harrison (Grimsby, UK) - See all my reviews
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I was very fortunate to have stumbled upon this book, something about the cover art caught my eye and after reading the blurb ordered it. 1948 is a fun somewhat satirical tribute to George Orwell, most of the characters are from Nineteen Eighty Four, such as our "hero" Winston Smith and readers of that book will find a lot to enjoy both in the characters and the descriptions of 1940's London. If you haven't read Nineteen Eight Four though you should still give this a read, at its core is a very fun Noir style mystery plot set on London's Dockyard, you'll be missing out on quite a few details but you shouldn't be confused.

Oh and Andy has packed his verse with a lot of witty jokes and commentary about society and detective stories making each page a delight. The illustrations by Rowson are also quite distinctive, they remind me a bit of the spitting image puppets full of exaggeration of features but re-enforce the tone of the book.
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