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5.0 out of 5 stars You want to live like Common People?, 30 April 2013
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This review is from: Low Life: One Middle-Aged Man in Search of the Point (Hardcover)
I've no idea how I came across this book - let's I hope I wasn't looking up Jeremy Clarkson! - but I'm so glad I did. This is a collection of columns written for The Spectator Magazine which follow the life and loves of said "Middle Aged man in Search of The Point". But aren't all middle aged men in search of the point? Maybe, but not many are doing so as eloquently as this man, while not being stuck at the eloquent level of society that is usually looking for "The Point" in, say, Notting Hill. No, this man is at the supposedly lower end of the scale, stuck socialising with what maybe once would have been termed the working classes, the rough diamonds, the salt of the earth. He seems to have rubbed along quite well with this pack, possibly because he's not got cash, likes a drink, likes to dabble with drugs, internet dating and passing the time chatting about not much really. As Jarvis Cocker also wrote about the Common People, they dance and drink and screw, after all, because there's nothing else to do.
As the columns string a narrative together, you get the feeling that there is a real authenticity and emotion behind the account of this life. Although on a surface level the stories are about not much really, there's always an occasional observation or remark that just rings so true. And sometimes there's an emotion or feeling expressed that lifts the writing way, way beyond so many other columnists, such as the aforementioned Jeremy Clarkson or Craig Brown, both of whom I quite enjoy too. I found the book pretty unique in its own way, with a real voice and a view of the world that you don't often find being so well observed although you've probably experienced it. I was disappointed when I finished the book, and longed to read more. I'm pretty sure I'll return to it again just enjoy the writing, the wit and the emotion. Do yourself a favour and buy this book.
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