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London Pub Reviews Paperback – Illustrated, 10 Oct 2008
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"London Pub Reviews is a work of comic genius - this is essential reading for anybody who enjoys going to the pub. You, for example." - Dan Rhodes, one of Granta s Best Young British novelists --[Taken from the book cover]<br /><br />"Paul Ewen is the funniest new writer I have read in years. Join him on his one man Campaign for Surreal Ale." - Toby Litt, one of Granta s Best Young British novelists --[Taken from the book cover]<br /><br />"A surrealist's dream, a landlord's nightmare!" - Steven Hall, author of The Raw Shark Texts "Paul Ewen has given voice to that perennial figure who haunts the margins of all our lives: the pub weirdo." - Tom McCarthy, author of Remainder --[Taken from the book cover]
"Paul Ewen is the funniest new writer I have read in years. Join him on his one man Campaign for Surreal Ale." - Toby Litt, one of Granta s Best Young British novelists --[Taken from the book cover]
"A surrealist's dream, a landlord's nightmare!" - Steven Hall, author of The Raw Shark Texts "Paul Ewen has given voice to that perennial figure who haunts the margins of all our lives: the pub weirdo." - Tom McCarthy, author of Remainder --[Taken from the book cover]
About the Author
Paul Ewen was born and raised in New Zealand. Although wanting to follow the Kiwi tradition of working in English pubs, he was thwarted by a complete and utter lack of social skills, forcing him to write about them instead. He now lives in South London.
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The pubs reviewed are all very well chosen - a lot I've been to and completely agree with their inclusion and there's no doubt of Paul's love of the 'good' English pub. Further, through his surreal 'experiences' in these pubs you get the 'real' feel of the pubs in question; their actual 'character' transcends the pages, not staid facts and figures - no other guide comes anywhere near to this evocation of the 'pub'.
His surreal - Don Quixote-esque - experiences are astounding (and not repetitive at all). So funny! Brilliantly written, very clever, a great antidote to age and a tonic to the loss of your imagination about the world around you.
This book should be more widely available. I read it in a day (three days ago) and have already been dipping back into it for memorable reviews to chuckle at and pubs to visit. Definitely a work of comic genius! This is a special book.
Paul Ewen's pub reviews usually start out with the best of intentions and we occasionally snatch small details of the pub's history, decor or the various ales on offer before the aforementioned beverages take effect and Paul's writings assume a surreal and manic direction. This is what the mumbling, twitching man in the corner was furiously scribbling onto his beer mat. Try not to catch his eye.....
Instead of pub reviews, Ewen gives us gorgeously surreal short stories. But isn't the act of drinking in London always gorgeously surreal?
Keep boozing you fiend!
It is very, very funny, acutely surreal and produces belly laughs. This kind of writing needs to be cherished.
Merry Terry recommends....
Unfortunately, after the first one or two stories, this style really begins to wear thin, and the author seems to think that WRITING SENTENCES IN CAPS LOCK SOMEHOW MAKES THEM FUNNY!!!
Each story basically follows this cycle:
1) Brief description of the pub in question.
2) Author has an ale and discusses various distinctive elements of the pub.
3) Author latches onto one of these elements (e.g. a stuffed animal) and shouts to the other patrons around a 'wacky' imagined event involving said elements.
4) Other pub patrons ignore him, author does something stupid and is thrown out of the pub and / or questioned by police.
In short, it's pretty boring, and the author seems to derive a lot more entertainment from the stories than I did from reading them.
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