- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (1 Feb. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224078046
- ISBN-13: 978-0224078047
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.2 x 22.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,518,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Brainstorm Hardcover – 1 Feb 2007
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'a funny and inventive book' -- Scotland on Sunday
"Seriousness and farce are perfectly balanced in an elegant, thoughtful whole" -- Time Out, April 2007
'Eccentric and brilliant, this taps into the psyche of the modern
office and all its madness' -- Eve Magazine, February, 2007
'The Brainstorm is one of the best debuts he's ever read' -- Sunday Herald, Colin Waters on the Aberdeen Word Festival, quotes Alan Warner
'This is an original first novel, cruel and incisive' -- Sunday Express, February 4, 2007
'[An] astringent comedy of manners...This is a stylish novel that
finishes with a soft flourish'
-- The List, February 6, 2007
`smartly-written novel...the writing remains fresh and persuasive'
About the Author
Jenny Turner was born in Aberdeen and educated at the University of Edinburgh. Her journalism appears in the London Review of Books. She lives in south-east London with her family. The Brainstorm is her first novel.
Top Customer Reviews
This is what happens to Lorna, who finds herself at work in the office of a national newspaper where everyone seems to know her but she doesn't know them. She gradually pieces her life back together, and the joke is that nobody notices that she's had this `brainstorm'.
It just so happens that several of the characters studied philosophy before landing jobs on the `brainy' section of this newspaper, so one might at least expect a few philosophical insights into life along with the humour (which soon peters out by the way, along with the story). But no, despite the fact that Hegel is mentioned quite frequently, there are no real philosophical insights to be found here, which is a pity.
I was at least expecting some link between Lorna having to piece together her own idea of herself, to rebuild her consciousness as it were, and Hegel's ideas about knowledge and appearances and how we can be sure that things are as they seem. But obviously this was too big a theme to fit into this story, which promises depth but in the end bobs along the surface. Perhaps her publisher threw the meaty stuff out on the grounds that most readers wouldn't get it. Or perhaps it was never there.
This isn't a bad read, but it isn't a good novel either. It has the feel of something that got published because it's a bit different and because the author was already in with the publishing crowd.Read more ›