Making Love: A Conspiracy Of The Heart Paperback – 7 Jun 2011
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"'As a rule, if a book starts talking to you ... head for funny farm. While you're down there, you might meet Marius Brill, who has produced a book that does precisely that, one so entirely fantastical as to be quite scary ... An oddity to savour'" (Arena)
"'Enjoyable comic tale enhanced by some genuine philosophical questions'" (Books)
"'Fantastic, hilarious ... verbal pyrotechnics, supported by a fecund imagination of the first order'" (The Times)
"'An absurd, hilarious, spy-cum-action-cum-postmodern thriller, Making Love is incredibly clever without showing off, self-referential without being self-congratulatory, and a damn good read. Fantastic'" (The List)
"'An exceptional piece of writing...Making Love is as winning a first novel as I have read in a long time'" (Sunday Telegraph)
An ingenious comic thriller told by a distressed library book that has fallen in love with its reader.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
You can look elsewhere on this site for the plot, which is completely mad, and probably as a result fantastically entertaining. There are loads of giggles to be had, especially if you're into silly word puns. If you're a cynic about love like me, a lot of the conspiracy part is scarily convincing. If you're a deep-down softie, also like me, then the love story is pretty gorgeous too. And the whole thing has the same effect on the way you see books as the film Toy Story had on dolls. Loved it, what more can I say?
I can tell you why I did not like it: I agree with the other negative reviewer - this book is not really kind to it's central characters. It mocks them quite a bit, and they are all stereotypical and two-dimensional. I didn't feel we really got close to them, as we were buffered from them by the quite 'heavy' voice of the narrator, which overshadows everything.
In fact, I think the 'book' narrator was a big part of the problem for me. I found it really pretentious and overly verbose in places. Its ramblings often take you away from the action of the story, and not really in a good way, unless you like congratulating yourself about your ability to appreciate endless puns. The writer is very creative, I'll give him that, and comes up with some great analogies - but sometimes you wish he would stop showing off and get on with the story. I would have preferred a switched narrator - i.e. sometimes the book, sometimes the characters. That would have made it more enjoyable for me.
I liked the old book itself, the one by the fictional author, and I thought it made some interesting and though-provoking points...but you only get the odd page now and then in a slightly jarring way, and it's an odd combination of different styles.
Most of all, I did not like the toilet humour in this book. I am very squeamish about reading horrible things in graphic detail and some of it literally made me so nauseous that I had to scan pages to get the end of the scene.
So, if you are squeamish like me, don't read this book!Read more ›
This is what I imagine the result would be if you mixed Bridget Jones with Thursday Next (Jasper Fforde).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two books in one.The humour is good and I enjoyed the play on words. I found it on the whole, very disappointing.The ending left me saying "So what?"Published 8 months ago by Lady-Heaton
I bought this booking thinking that it was a little different - along the lines of Jasper Fforde - full of wit and romance. This is one disillusuioned reader I can tell you. Read morePublished on 19 July 2005 by Flamazine
It took a few chapters to start to cook, but the sardonic wit of the book soon had me hooked. Miranda starts hapless and ends savvy and no longer single. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2004
Romance addict Miranda Brown steals a seemingly innocuous old book called "Making Love" from the library, sparking off an immensely enjoyable farce featuring mysterious secret... Read morePublished on 19 May 2004