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Newton's Swing Paperback – 5 Jul 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (5 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099284448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099284444
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,164,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A tense, teasing novel that is part psychological thriller, part stu dy of a man on the edge. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Chris Paling is the author of After the Raid, Deserters, Morning All Day and The Silent Sentry. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book's a bit of an odd fish, stylistically owing a slight debt to the pared down styles of Carver and Ford, it is however still imbued witha very english sensibility. Odd as it may be, it is also a work of unqualified brilliance a taut twanging plot centered around the problem of memeory. Did John Wayne kill his wife, can he recover from her death, does life actually go on after such an event. the first person narrative opens out all the questions of John's truthfullness with his reader and here, it echoes particularly for me the seminal "The Good Soldier" by Ford maddox Ford. It evokes sentiments within you that you'd forgotten fiction can provoke and manages to avoid falling into mawkishness. You'll get sucked into Paling's world, lots like ours but just ever so slightly skewed, like looking through convex glass. A totally fantastic, heartwrenching amd thought provoking experience do not under any circumstance miss out on this novel. The kind of book you hope that booker judges will hold up as an example of excellence, but more than likely will be used as a beer mat. Crying shame but that's life.
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Being a rather cynical reader of thrillers and mysteries I was pleasantly suprised by this witty novel. From the first page I found myself enticed into the complex and heart breaking world of John Wayne.
Paling has successfully created a novel which works on many levels leaving the reader with endless questions, some of which remain after the last page has been turned.
However it was not the mystery element of the novel which lay behind my reluctance to put the book down. For me the characters (especially that of John Wayne) and relationships which Paling create leave the reader trapped into a morbid and cold world, a world where the dominant mystery element can be brushed aside but not forgotten.
Structurally the book follows events in a less than ordinary manner, by the last page the reader can put the pieces of the book together themselves and form their own conclusion.
This book is a triumph, as Paling begins to recieve the recognition he deserves for his work readers begin to gain from his "moving and thought provoking" ideas.
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Roman Polanski should film this superb novel about life and death and sex and family and New York. Chris Paling, an Englishman, is a true artist and this largely -neglected masterpiece seems to draw its tight focus from those themes.
I love American crime novels (James Lee Burke,Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane,Philip eed, Loren D.Estelman),but this is not a crime novel,even though it has a murder and a detective.I'd call it a novel for adults.It stretches you, makes you work a little bit. And it's serious - I did not laugh till page 207. It's compelling. Art is always compelling. Entertainment is only compelling sometimes. Discovered it by a fluke one day in Borders.I usually buy after reading reviews or on a friend's recommendation, so finding and reading a book that is three times better than you expected is a great pleasure. Paling is a top man.Can't wait to read his previous novels.
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A lot of the reviews that I have read for this book say that you feel, as the reader, as the obscurley named John Wayne must have felt on discovering his wife murdered in their bed. The book jumps around all over the place, but if when reading, you bear in mind how he must have felt at a sudden bereavement, it is quite artistic.
I appreciate this book for it's artistic qualities, the story itself doesn't answer questions and tie up loose ends as a convential whodunnit may, but to me, that adds to it's charm. It also continues to give after you've turned the last page as you continue to wonder and think about it.
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I was really captivated by this book from the first page. I don't know how Paling does it, but you're sucked into the mystery of Susan's death and the narrative just won't let you go until you reach the end. I loved the tautness and stylishness of the tone, and the noir-ish atmosphere that pervades throughout. Paling really is a terrific writer. My only quibble with the book is the title, which doesn't fit the story that well, and makes you think it's going to be something other than it is. But it's a very minor quibble. This book is superb - quite the best I've read this year.
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