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A mon avis. 2012.

Dr Locrian
 
The Debt To Pleasure
The Debt To Pleasure
"Some great late Nabokovian ventriloquism here. But don't let that put you off, a great book in its own right, esp if you are at all interested in food."
Transparent Things (Penguin Press)
Transparent Things (Penguin Press)
"Granted Nabokov was a genius. But I think he was a little too infatuated with his own genius in his later works. I will read again."
The Sea
The Sea
"A reread of a recent read. Conclusion: B writes the best sentences bar non.  I would rather read B describing a backyard water butt (as he does here) than any human relationship. What can it mean?"
Gargoyles (Vintage International)
Gargoyles (Vintage International)
"Early Bernhard. All the touches of later greatness here. But I did not enjoy.  I found it hard to know who was saying what, he thought."
Amphigorey: Fifteen Stories
Amphigorey: Fifteen Stories
"Of not much use, but Gorey (real name) was a genius. If you like sytlish graphic art or dark (here meaning classy and morbid) fiction he is essential. And plenty more where this came from."
The Road
The Road
"I wonder how he will top this?  Or if we will ever see another book. His most beautiful work, telling a story with love at its core.  Read last paragraph..  Loess. Gyrke. Pampootie. Bloomery."
Amphigorey Too
Amphigorey Too
"More Gorey brilliance. Chinese Obelisks is a favourite. However, start with the first, I believe it to be slightly better and also a little longer."
Humboldt's Gift
Humboldt's Gift
"Planning a Bellow bender. Here's how I started. Bellow has his faults (as all great writers do), personally I could have done without a lot of the philosophical discursive parts."
Humboldt's Gift
Humboldt's Gift
"But the brilliant early scenes in Chicago, esp in the Saunas more than make up for it."
Look at the Harlequins! (Penguin Press)
Look at the Harlequins! (Penguin Press)
"Look at the cover! I didn't actually finish this, but wanted to say that this late N book has all of N's faults and none of his strengths."
Amphigorey Also
Amphigorey Also
"This third of four Amphigorey's is perhaps the second best after the first. It contains the famous piece 'The Loathsome Couple'."
Amphigorey Again
Amphigorey Again
"The last Amphigorey is the stangest of the bunch. The drawings are different in style to early pieces, but could be merely a flourishing 'late style'.  The last unfinished piece is very poignant."
My Shit Life So Far
My Shit Life So Far
"How embarrassing. This book contains little biography, instead Boyle uses the biographical bits as a platform for the same jokes he does in his standup, which is a shame as I would have liked to find something out about how he developed into the comedian he is. Alas no."
Work! Consume! Die!
Work! Consume! Die!
"Worse than the first. More topical jokes. Hardback feels like too permanent a format for such disposable content, which is again a shame as I believe Boyle is capable of writing a half decent book, God knows why. His defence of his offensive jokes is exceptionally lame."
Stewart Lee! The 'If You Prefer a Milder Comedian Please Ask For One' EP
Stewart Lee! The 'If You Prefer a Milder Comedian Please Ask For One' EP
"Probably should have been saved to include within a longer work. But then again who cares the high quality content is worth the enterance fee. More hilarious comedic deconstruction from Mr Lee."
Seize the Day (Penguin Modern Classics)
Seize the Day (Penguin Modern Classics)
"From what I can gather, Bellow was good in all formats, the novel, the novella and the short story. This excellent novella about a man trying to make sense of his life (all Bellow books are basically about the same thing) is a great place to start with the great man's oeuvre."
Herzog (Penguin Modern Classics)
Herzog (Penguin Modern Classics)
"I wasn't surprised to find that Bellow struggled with this one. The two threads in Bellow (the philosophical meanderings and discriptions of life) aren't blended in this one but are set in stark opposition for the richer and poorer of the novel. I have never read a book as brave in structure and narrative as this one."
Mr Sammler's Planet (Penguin Modern Classics)
Mr Sammler's Planet (Penguin Modern Classics)
"A strange bellow, (one of the central scene's involving a pickpocket's lewd behaviour is very bizarre). The intense humour of this book isn't new, but the cynicism of it certainly is, but my god it works!  Perhaps my favourite Bellow after H's Gift."
More Die of Heartbreak
More Die of Heartbreak
"Great title. Great book. But seems somewhat smaller than other Bellow's, I will reread to see if this is so. As what do you really know of a great book after a single read?"
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
"A magisterial biography of cancer. There are better books on the history of medicine (Porter et al) but there is not better book on the history of oncology and the author's clinical commitments and personal experience add a weight to the history that feels almost novelistic. Recommended."
Correction
Correction
"The densest Bernhard. That will attract some. But it should repel others also. Hard going throughout."
The Bellarosa Connection
The Bellarosa Connection
"Relatively insubstantial Bellow. It is the length that does it. This is included within 'The Collected Stories'. Get that instead."
Night Train
Night Train
"This short crime novel, is largely inspired by David Simon's homicide. No bad thing. The book is actually a lot of fun. I am a Police."
U & I: A True Story
U & I: A True Story
"This book detailing Baker's relationship with Updike's writing is full of relevations about the writer's craft. And is basically mad."
House of Meetings
House of Meetings
"This qualifies for me to be Amis's most overlooked book. It is obviously brilliantly written and has a cast of three that includes no gargoyles."