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Ménage by [Morrison, Ewan]
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Ménage Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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"Frightening, funny, perceptive, emotional and honest... excellent"

Book Description

The third novel from the acclaimed author of Swung - his most ambitious and impressive book yet

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1252 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (15 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS7PE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #591,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having read the short stories I was expecting good things but was not prepared for how assured and engrossing his latest novel is. Many months after reading the book it's still firmly entrenched in my mind. I haven't felt compelled to write an Amazon review before but do so now trying to counter the lack of press it unjustly received on release. Other contemporary British authors have been granted more column inches, perhaps due to their 'irony', whereas Morrison seems a hidden secret.

Morrison is one of the best writers we have on sex; its motivations, ramifications and repercussions. His previous titles explored this, often as the central motif. In Menage he writes with a new assurance, structuring the story within multilayered faux history. Set in the Britart world of the 80s the novel not only reflects the desires and conflicts within an unconventional sexual relationship but accurately depicts the rise of YBAs. Funny, tender and insightful, it falls between genres but never fails to engage and entertain.

The video portrayals in it are particularly believable, and uncommonly for a book describing an imaginary art, they work as pieces on their own. You can see them clearly looping in your mind, in fact the novel has a very cinematic feel to it (albeit more Godard than Spielberg), if I had the money I would certainly purchase the film rights. Any movie of this novel would direct itself.

I am reluctant to say anymore on the plot for fear of spoiling the read, other reviewers here give more away, my best advice is just buy it. I would be very surprised if you were disappointed. I've lent my copy to four people, both genders, aged between 20 and 50, and all loved it. A higher recommendation I couldn't think of.
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Told from the perspective of Owen, as a grown up art critic, reviewing his ex housemate, friend and lover Dot's video installations, this is a believable set up, which paints up the era of New British Artists to be silly, grubby, and exciting as it was painted in the press at the time.

The past storyline is complimented by the two meeting again now, grown up, but not much wiser, and with their coupling comes the reappearance of Saul, the least likeable of the three.

A thought -provoking idea which is entirely believable and a step on from his previous book 'Swung'.
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This book is simply brilliant, I've recommended it to everyone i know. If you've ever read any Irvine Welsh and enjoyed the banter, excitement and scope of the writing then you will without doubt love this book. I discovered Menage by chance on a recent holiday, read the basic outline on the back and thought it sounded very promising, I'm not going to say what it's about as all the other reviews here tell you that but I will say it's the best, most inspiring, erotic and in your face book I've read for many years. Do yourself a favour, buy, steal or borrow a copy of this wonderful book right now. Thanks Mr Morrison, you kick ass !! :)
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Ewan Morrison's 'Swung' garnered a lot of critical acclaim amongst the cool, contemporary fashionista crowds but it personally left me cold, so when a friend recommended this title to me I was more than a little sceptical. How wrong I was!

Menage is the tale of 3 dysfunctional artists living a life of debauched squalor in London. As the title suggests, a little bit of a love-triangle develops but this is handled in a very deft manner. For those expecting lashings of sex, a'la 'Swung' forget it it - this threeway is more about unspoken love, jealousy and obsession.

Coming across like 'Withnail & I' for the Generation X (indeed the book itself makes a knowing comment about the characters baring similarities to the titular Withnail and 'I') this tale has lashings of dark humour, booze & drug exploits aplenty and yet still manages to poke fun at the pretentious arts world that comprises the majority of Ewan Morrison's fan-base.

Excellent work!
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