Electricity Paperback – 17 Mar 2006
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'A fizzing first novel' -- Vogue
'An extraordinary novel, both harrowing and original, starring the unique and unforgettable Lily, who suffers from debilitating epilepsy.' -- Sainsbury's magazine
'Electricity is . . . an impressive achievement' -- Time Out
'Electricity is an extraordinary feat of linguistic ventriloquism; touching, beautiful, and compelling. I'll never forget it' -- Niall Griffiths, author of Wreckage
'Fast, furious plot, kaleidoscopic imagery, blunt observations and a wry, ingenuous, hugely compassionate heroine' -- Guardian
'In this impressive debut novel, Ray Robinson gives us (Lily's) convincing internal monologue . . . He does it pitch perfectly.' -- Independent on Sunday
'It is ...thanks to Lily O'Connor, it's sharp-edged, hard-living, tough-talking narrator -- mesmerising, uplifting and unexpectedly tender.' -- Jim Crace
'Ray Robinson's Electricity is a thorny, uncompromising novel, with attitude' -- Jim Crace
'Ray Robinson's eviscerating debut novel' -- Guardian
'a breathtaking assault on the senses' -- Guardian
Told in fits and starts, Electricity is an edgy, compelling novel and a distinctive debut --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 1995 following surgery to remove a benign brain tumour, and was introduced to Ray by a mutual friend during the research phase of his writing. I have always been very keen to be open about my Epilepsy and help others understand the subtleties of a much misunderstood condition.
I found Ray to be very thorough in his approach to his research, and was indeed impressed by his tenacity in securing interviews with medical professionals and Epilepsy sufferers alike.
The very word ‘Epilepsy’ can cause fear, misunderstanding and conflicting emotions due to a huge number of pre-conceptions about the condition. In reading ‘Electricity’ I was moved to laughter and tears, and not just because I understand the challenges that Epilepsy brings. Through his honest and thorough research and real art for capturing and sharing a character Ray took me on a journey that said so much about the challenges we all face in life. Ray cleverly uses the ‘lens’ of Epilepsy to tell a much bigger story whilst being true to the realities of the condition.
Ray has used some really innovative devices to depict some of the realities of Epilepsy without resorting to straightforward descriptions. This makes his book an experience and not just a read, taking what appears on the page beyond what the written word can convey and sharing a deeper experience with the reader. All this is achieved in a style that makes Lily’s story much more accessible to a broad cross-section of readers.Read more ›
Just as Mark Haddon's "Curious Incident..." gave you some sense of what it is like to have Asperger's Syndrome, so "Electricity" gives you a powerful and evocative insight into the experience of having epilepsy. It's fascinating to see the world through the prism of Lily's epilepsy, and her experience informs, without ever overwhelming, the entire novel.
Lily is not the only gem in this novel: there are a host of intriguing and fascinating characters. In particular I loved the portrayal of Lily's flamboyant poker-champion brother, Barry.
This is a really original and interesting novel. I loved it, and would highly recommend it.
Ray Robinson uses language that is so vivid that you want to read it slowly so that you can savour every last word, yet the story is so compelling that you want to race through to find out what happens. The many and varied characters are really brought to life by this author, and given that many of the characters are quite unusual people, the portrayals are both convincing and thought provoking. The depiction of the main character's poker playing brother is particularly memorable.
During the time I was reading this book, every time that I put it down, I found myself mulling over the descriptions, the characters and the storyline, and I was always eager to pick it up again and read a couple more pages. Very few other books that I have read have had such an effect on me, and I really think that this is one of the great strengths of Electricity.
I am already looking forward to the next book by this author and in the meantime I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
A difficult subject to write about Epilepsy.Epilepsy has been brushed under the carpet for far to long ! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is such a hard book to review. It's powerful and real, and for me personally, sometimes too real. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lykaios
Loved it. Would write something akin myself ( being a sufferer ) lived far and wide, dangerously.Published 13 months ago by cavallo
I am epileptic so if anything the style it was written was most enjoyable to readPublished 16 months ago by Roger Brightmore