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A Light-hearted Look at Murder Paperback – 2 Aug 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (2 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701176105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701176105
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...Packed with brilliant observations and sharp one-liners'. -- The Times

'an intelligent, humane and desperately funny tale.'
-- Independent on Sunday

'eloquence and wit...shine from this gently peculiar story...an absolute gem'
-- Metro

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‘Woody Allen and William Boyd have a bastard love-child and his name is Mark Watson.' Stephen Fry

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I loved this book. It was brilliant from beginning to end. The way it has been designed to be read made me feel so much more involved in the story and easier to take in all the little details and background goings on. It isnt patronising and doesnt feel the need to spell out the ending. It was written by a highly intelligent guy who clearly knows how to get himself across to an audience without being obvious and patronising. I found myself thinking about the story when I wasnt reading it and trying to think about how it would all pan out. Needless to say I was far from the final conclusion.

You wont be dissapointed. It's superb.

I trust you're working on another one Mark?
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Mark Watson, achiever of many accolades, excels with his entertaining second novel. The plot focuses on Alexandra, a voluntary prison worker learning about the life and crimes of Andreas, a professional imitator who led a bizarre and fascinatingly dangerous life.
Mark Watson chooses to have two separate first-person narratives to voice the tale, providing an enjoyable contrast to the story, zipping between past and present.

Mark Watson is also a comedian, but don't let this put you off; unlike other comedians who become authors, he doesn't fall into the trap of publishing extended stand-up routines, instead feeling like an author who could also be a comedian if he wanted. Although there are plenty of funny moments throughout, there is an undermining sense of pathos that dominated the book, yet the idiosyncratic storyline keeps the reader enthralled. Beware imitations!
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This funny, heartwarming second novel from up-and-coming comedian and writer Mark Watson is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Packed full of original humour, it is touchingly, personally written and as convincing as its characters and plotline are unusual. Lonely office worker Alexandra is a highly sympathetic narrator, as is convict and Hitler impersonator Andreas, whose memoirs drive the novel on towards an unknown tragedy. I'd recommend this book to just about anyone, but especially people looking for a book to make you smile, care, wonder, and every so often, laugh out loud.
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I bought this after seeing Watson's stand-up show. It was very different to what I expected, but in a very positive way. Watson displays his deep sense of dark comedy, and revels in the ridiculousness of the story. But for all the somewhat bizarre story-line, his characters remain believable human beings throughout. Unlike many authors who sabotage characterisation for the sake of witticism, novelty or inventiveness, Watson expertly balances plotline with people. In so doing, he weaves a very entertaining, quite odd tale. The book is very readable and immensely enjoyable, a great story, well-written and darkly comic. I highly recommend it.
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I received this book as a present and after reading the blurb on this inside cover I was looked forward to reading it. My impression from the blurb was that what I was about to read was a darkly comic tale of various odd characters and the peculiar story that lead them to where they are now. However the book never lived up to any of these expectations. Maybe I've read too many novels about entirely strange characters, but Alexandra, Andreas and the rest of the characters weren't dark at all in any sense. It came across that the author gave them traits such as being Great Britain's 5th tallest woman, and another which he kept telling the reader was eccentric, in order to convince you he'd picked an assortment of interesting people to read about. And the 'seriously dangerous' comment in the blurb came to no fruition.

The build up to the revealing moment of Andreas' crime was ultimately a let-down. I had predicted it for a while beforehand and it felt like he'd took you down the winding road of learning all about these different people in order to get to the interesting part, yet he never really did.

Overall the book was an okay read - nothing really memorable, and for me a disappointing read. There was a lot of directions I felt the author could have gone down but never explored really.
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