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2.0 out of 5 stars Gave it the cold (hard) Shoulder, 16 May 2010
This review is from: London Orbital (Paperback)
Living a stone's throw from the M25 and being a keen walker and (not so keen) M25 marauder I was quite looking forward to this, the book having occupied my shelf for a few years since purchase.

After several unfulfilling hours I soon realised why it had remained untouched for so long. To be honest, it's just a big ramble (no pun intended) and rant about whatever random thought jumped into the authors head from Maggie to Tone, unscrupulous developers, the Millennium Dome (a good 15 miles from the M25) you name it, Sinclair has a long drawn out opinion on it. It was about 100 pages in before the M25 was physically reached, the author making his way there via the Lea Valley (see other rants) with two virtually silent companions - Unabomber creator and the so-clever bloke from KLF who supposedly burnt a million quid for the sake of it. You judge a man by the company he keeps I guess.

Call me old-fashioned but I thought this would be an interesting account of the journey with factual background added for interest but this is about Iain Sinclair demonstrating his use of big words and total lack of humour. No banter, no laughs, nothing. I gave up after about a third of the way through when the author had travelled about 150 yards along the motorway, or at least I think he had. It was difficult to tell and I was well past caring by then...
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Initial post: 19 Aug 2011 01:49:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Aug 2011 01:52:42 BDT
lexo1941 says:
Iain Sinclair has a 'total lack of humour'? Can you even read?

On a more serious note, you complain that this book isn't the sort of book that you imagined it would be. Where did you get the idea that that's a legitimate complaint to make? That's like giving Hamlet a bad review on the grounds that you thought it would be a monologue about being a prince, but it turned out to be a long, rambling play with loads of characters. The fact that you are so highly rated as a reviewer makes me despair, slightly. It just goes to show that there are a lot of people out there who think that your sloppy thinking and incoherent argumentation makes for good reviewing.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2011 20:09:01 BDT
tallpete33 says:
Are you my ex-wife in disguise ??

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2011 22:45:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Sep 2011 22:54:36 BDT
It appears nearly half the reviewers of this agree with 'tallpete33'. He doesn't like it and explains why, which is what makes a review helpful in someone's buying decision. That you don't agree with what he says is irrelevant. 'tallpete33' thought this was someone's walk around the 125 or so miles of the M25, as I did when I read the 'blurb'. Clearly, this reviewer doesn't think this is the case (and I'm at a loss as to how the Millennium Done can be mentioned) and has giving his opnion accordingly. He has his opinion, you have yours.

The voting buttons are clearly listed as "Was this review helpful to you?", not, "Do you agree with this review". If you believe it to be the latter, then it's you that cannot understand what words mean. Or is it that you're a bit miffed that you're not a member of the Vine programme? Well, neither am I nor thousands of other people. Get over it.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2011 15:21:27 BDT
tallpete33 says:
I think you hit the nail right on the head there Sonia

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2012 18:15:29 BDT
SilentSinger says:
Thanks tallpete - I was thinking of borrowing this book from the local library after it was recommended in this week's Shortlist magazine but I don't think I'll bother now. I think I'm local to you too, but I'm much further down the reviewer ladder!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 23:59:04 BDT
LoneHermetic says:
yeah... reviewer thought it would be a walking guidebook but found that it was instead a pioneering psycho-geographic masterpiece. Bit like people who go to see a film with Jim Carey in it for some cheap laughs- but instead find that they have walked into some weird film about memory eradication, dreams, depression and the nature of relationships.

Anyway - take a step back, take off your guidebook expectation filters and re-aproach the book. You might find something interesting there ...or it might just still go way over your head.
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