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The Hollywood Dodo Paperback – 6 May 2004
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A counter-cultural puzzle constructed with wit, sleight of hand and dazzle... satire without terminal melancholy. Here is the dark London of deep memory, the viral light of Los Angeles (cancelled future. Prose frolics across the retina. Shut your eyes and enjoy the flight)
' Iain Sinclair, author of London Orbital ?One of our zaniest and most original comic novelists? Sunday Times ?A fascinating oddball novel? in turns funny, a little poignant and hugely entertaining? Four-star review, Big Issue in the North ?It steers well clear of clich? and you can?t fault Nicholson?s originality and invention? The Crack ?[A] superb novel, which is choked with coincidence but relieved of contrivance by its slick, tongue-in-cheek plotting. Plain weirdness segues into historical gravity and back into delicious farce? Independent ?The sublimely good Geoff Nicholson?s new novel is an absolute treat? elegant, exceptional novel? Scotland on Sunday ?Black comedy, film, and history intertwine to offer a lively original read? Good Book Guide ?He?s a great mapmaker, portraying with equal assurance the worlds of restoration London, Hollywood and embittered but charmingly self-deprecating souls? Independent on Sunday ?It?s an odd novel this one? Somehow, it works deliciously? Herald
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Geoff Nicholson was born in Sheffield and educated at Cambridge University. He worked as a bookseller before becoming a writer and has since written fourteen novels and two works of non-fiction. His novel Street Sleeper was shortlisted for the Yorkshire Post First Work Award and Bleeding London was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. He now lives in Los Angeles.See all Product description
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With chapter titles cleverly named after movies, Nicholson never loses sight of the artificiality of the genre he is mocking. The scenes that take place in Hollywood are hilarious, while Draper's affliction and affections are touchingly told. Perhaps the most daring turn is Nicholson's dovetailing of disparate plot elements into a wild, unexpected finale. While much is left unexplained, the narrative wink at the end brings it all together.
This is a truly fun novel. Nicholson's wit is more sly than biting, and he relishes the absurd. Below the hilarity lurks more serious themes - of corruption (what else in Hollywood?), of obsession, and of mortality - but these ideas never alter the established tone. Readers will find that they can't put this novel aside for more than a few hours before picking it up again to devour the next chapter.