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3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, like Eno, 20 Jun 2008
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This review is from: On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno (Hardcover)
If you've never read much about Eno, then you'll probably enjoy this. But if you've read, say, More Dark Than Shark, or A Year With Swollen Appendices, you might find yourself disappointed by the amount of stuff you already know. I was also disappointed by the over-reverential tone, even whan the author is describing quite appaling behaviour by Eno. Nonetheless, Eno is always worth reading about so the book isn't bad. What is bad, though, is the number of typos and innacuracies - but if you're well up on Eno already, spotting the glitches makes the read a bit more worthwhile. I'm sure the author will happily honour his mistakes as a hidden intention. Me, I paid twenty quid for it and I don't think it's worthwhile. Get the paperback, if you must.
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Initial post: 23 Feb 2009 10:45:32 GMT
I couldn't disagree more. I thought it was beautifully written and presented, with fewer 'typos and innacuracies' than 99.9% of the books that get printed nowadays. I did not find any, and I (pedantically) always spot these sorts of things. It's a real labour of love by the author, who deserves great credit for what, unusually, is a genuinely 'definitive' biography.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2011 22:24:15 BDT
Gerry O'D says:
Beautifully written? You jest, my feline Floydian friend.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2014 03:42:28 BDT
C. NEALE says:
I found 166 errors in the Kindle version - over 200 if you include words with a random capital Z in them, like "synthesiZer". The author's style is wordy, and from time to time he chooses a word that makes little or no sense in the context. The word "proffer" is used with monotonous regularity, as is "essay" as a verb. There are numerous misspellings of proper names. How many of these errors were introduced in the making of the Kindle edition I don't know, but I would bet that it's not too many. The book is interesting for Eno fans, but the style makes it hard going. For ten quid for the Kindle version I would expect far, far fewer errors.
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