Europa Paperback – 1 Jan 1998
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"Europa is a full and rounded and very disturbing novel…guaranteed to intrigue and, more often than not, have you squirming and wincing." (The Times)
"Sheer enjoyment... Doffing his hat to Joyce and Beckett, Parks really hits his stride" (Mail on Sunday)
"The best thing about Europa is the voice Tim Parks conjures up: Marlow's wry, defeated reason keeps you turning the pages... A forlorn but seductive voice, reminding us that it is far easier to unite a sprawling continent than the few cubic metres that contain a human soul" (Sunday Times)
"The triumph of the work is its discomforting portrayal of an agile mind hampered by the twin shackles of longing and disgust... Europa is that rare beast, a book which demands and withstands a second reading" (Daily Telegraph)
Shortlisted for the Booker prize, Europa is a brilliantly comic and breathtakingly dark novel of obsessive loveSee all Product Description
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break-up; difficulties with his teenage daughter, and a further break-up with a female student - who is also on the bus-trip.. The undoubted strength of this work is Tim Parks' prose: extremely long sentences set down the cerebral Marlow's jostling and competing thoughts in a challenging, yet highly readable, 'stream of consciousness' narrative.
Aside from Marlow himself, there are a number of other well-drawn and intriguing characters, most notably the trip-organiser, Indian-Welshman Vikram Griffiths. Along the way, Marlow unleashes his criticisms of various issues regarding the new Europe, including the wastefulness and cost of maintaining parliaments in both Brussels and Strasbourg; rivalries and jealousies in the supposed united Europe; the sterility of modern European architecture; communication problems, and pre-Euro currency dramas. Although this material is well-handled and interesting, much of it has been extensively covered in the media and some of the issues already feel a bit dated. Nevertheless, I would strongly recommend this novel primarily for the quality of the writing and the chance to enter the mind of the bitter, troubled and intelligent narrator.
Even though this is brilliantly rendered and reads with perfect and timely pitch, it can feel overwhelming.Read more ›
As Marlowe picks over the scabs of his failed relationship with a fellow language teacher, we are treated to a series of perceptive and witty remarks on everything from sex to philosophy to nationality to architecture to language. Wait, I'm making it sound awfully dry and pompous, aren't I? In fact the emotional charge is the book's main strength; the overwhelming sensations of regret and frustration with oneself and the way one behaves in relationships, the way we deceive ourselves about what we see in our partners.
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Parks does an awesome job of digging deep into his characters and showing the reader their real thoughts. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2000
It takes a while to get used to the writing style but once tuned in to it's slow pace, the book is a pleasure to read. Read morePublished on 19 May 2000
Using mixed nationalities and tortured personal relationships the Author explodes the myth of a United Europe. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 1999