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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (7 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552777935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552777933
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,175,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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An ingenious comic thriller told by a distressed library book that has fallen in love with its reader.

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Format: Hardcover
I don't normally buy new books, especially hardback ones, but I got this after going to a reading by the author and haven't regretted it. Maybe it's just that I haven't read much funny or romantic fiction for a while, but I had a wonderful time with it. I can't remember the last time I looked forward to coming home from work to a book (rather than a TV programme, or even a person!) in the same way (didn't take it with me during the day as it's quite heavy, and besides, there's that attention-seeking title).
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?
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Did you ever feel inadequate because you couldn't get past Page 1 of Ulysses by James Joyce? Fear not - Making Love has all the same fantastic use and abuse of the English language while being eminently readable! Brill manages to insert some type of humour in every line, whether it is irony, wit, punning or pure slapstick. His command of the English language is extraordinary and his ability to manipulate it astounding. An amazing-ly enjoyable book!
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An unusual and original book. Really funny, occasionally too gross in a bit of a boys' humour way, but mostly intriguing and enjoyable to read. It really picks up the pace about half-way through and after that I didn't want put it down. I read this with my book group and the general opinion was that it was a four-out-five-stars good read.
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I really, really wanted to like this, as it's such an interesting and fun idea - but I just didn't. So many other reviewers loved it that I am reluctant to put anyone who is thinking of buying it off in case it's just my personal taste.

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!
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This book is a very witty read. It's about Miranda, who is looking for romance, and who discovers a dusty book hidden away on the back of a shelf in the library. Miranda steals the book because the librarian won't let her take any more books out and she is overdue. She is desperate to read it because it contains the secret to finding love. This book turns out to be wanted by the Secret Service as they thought they'd destroyed all exisiting copies. They think it contains a conspiracy theory that they want hushed up. Miranda has a whole range of crazy adventures as the Secret Service try to take the book from her. It all makes for some hilarious reading. Does she get her man in the end? That would be telling! Oh, to add to the quirkiness of this book, the story is actually being told by the book itself! What a novel idea.

This is what I imagine the result would be if you mixed Bridget Jones with Thursday Next (Jasper Fforde).
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