- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (3 Feb. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099460858
- ISBN-13: 978-0099460855
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bullet Points Paperback – 3 Feb 2005
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"He's a fledgling Nabokov for the era of Big Brother" (Independent)
"Bullet Points is unnervingly accomplished. Expect to hear plenty more about him" (Observer)
"This is an extremely well plotted novel with a surprisingly twist in the tale and augurs great things for the future" (The Times)
"Fresh and imaginative... with wonderful flashes of humour. This is a clever and unusual book, and Watson is to be commended" (Independent)
"Bullet Points is a fluent performance, an extremely competent first novel" (Times Literary Supplement)
'Woody Allen and William Boyd have had a bastard love-child and his name is Mark Watson' - Stephen FrySee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Bullet Points is very well written, surprising in the solemnity of the tone, and the humour is sparse. Don't believe the outside blurb; in no way could you call this a comedy novel, even one darkly humoured. This does not detract from the story, however. Our narrator remains a sincere, engaging character; his honesty (although we learn later he may not be as honest with himself as he thought) is a very likeable trait, and even when he behaves badly we cannot lose sympathy for him.
For a debut, this is alarmingly confident, restrained, well plotted. It reminds me of Tobias Wolff's work... no small praise indeed! If there is only one gripe I have, it's that the epilogue, although gripping (like a horrible car accident), is something I didn't see coming. At all. The final revelations should, perhaps, have been backed up by small clues in the re-reading of the novel, but there aren't any. Not to worry. It's still a powerful ending, and this novel is powerful stuff. Sombre, often horrifying, with a heavy tone, I highly recommend Bullet Points, but not as light reading as one might expect from an energetic young comic such as Watson.
The reader can instantly relate to Peter (the narrator) and the relationship built between him and the reader as the novel progresses is a fascinating one. Essentially, he talks the reader through his childhood (briefly) and his subsequent life, pinpointing certain cases in his career. The ending is a shocker, but it is not wholly unexpected as any other ending would have been totally wrong for the characterisation of Peter. By ending the novel with a note from Richard, Watson leaves the reader questioning who was correct - the narrator who we have trusted throughout the book, or his friend who outshone him at every opportunity.
If I had read this without knowing the author, I would never have guessed it was a (then) 23 year old comedian! It is a hundred times more accomplished than most could ever hope for, let alone in a first book!
meaning of life and hate everything in the world then go see on of his new stand up gigs!i have to admit i only saw the two so far ad i shall be buying the new book so, what have you go to loose?
Young Watson has really pulled off a coup with his first book, giving the reader something to think about and something to laugh about on every page.
But a warning - don't read the last chapter first. Read it last - that's why it's the last chapter.
And don't be put off by the title. There are no real bullets. Or are there...?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I struggled with this one at first and it took a long time to engage with the protagonist but I did enjoy this book in the end.Published on 28 Mar. 2015 by Book mad
was a present so can't really comment ...except the person was very happy with itPublished on 22 Jan. 2015 by anick
A good book, but then the author is a very funny man, totally believable and well written, a very different bookPublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by denz
Another great mark Watson book. All of his books seem completely different to me and this one has a unique format. Like it.Published on 23 Dec. 2013 by A. Punter
Slightly disappointed, not all that I was looking for.- nothing much more to say really, what else would you loke me to sayPublished on 7 Jan. 2013 by M. Lorenz-andree
Mark Watson is a great writer. This, as all his other books, make you want to carry on reading. His writing leads you to feel great empathy for the characters.Published on 24 Nov. 2011 by A. Roberts