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Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 782 KB
Print Length: 149 pages
Publisher: BOOK SLAM PRODUCTIONS LTD; 1 edition (18 Nov. 2011)
'One For The Trouble', with its playlist of stories and poems each named for a song, reminds me of a mixtape; only better because it also comes with stories and poems. So far, I've read it twice. After the second time, I listened to each song. 'Grave Architecture' by Richard Milward/Pavement became even more disturbing and claustrophobic. The opulent abyss described in Hari Kunzru/Simple Minds' 'New Gold Dream' surrounded me like an oily bubble bath. I was never that keen on The Beatles' 'I am the Walrus' (even less so after seeing Bono ham it up in 'Across the Universe') but paired with Sophie Woolley's comitragic yarn of a maddening mustache, I came to appreciate its manic roar.
Download the book, read the stories, listen to the songs. You won't regret it.
This really was a worhwhile purchase - top marks to Book Slam. Some of the top literary heavyweights have contributed to this volume and it shows. The stories are all clever and captivating - and I particularly liked Jon Ronson's That Summer Feeling and Endless Art by Jon McGregor. I would recommend to any book lover who's looking for something a little different, quirky and exciting.
The dreary and idiotic presuppositions of Hari Kunzru's blurb - "Book Slam has single-handedly dragged the London literary scene into the 21st century" - tell you all you need to know about this worthless toss. (And be it noted, in passing, that Kunzru is featured in the book.)