The Sugar Mile Paperback – 4 Mar 2005
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'A significant, and highly enjoyable addition to ... a rich and varied body of work' -- TLS, 3 June 2005
'Auden lurks somewhere in the distance beyond Glyn Maxwell's The Sugar Mile, a virtuoso narrative for several voices.' -- Sunday Telegraph
'Maxwell's experience as a dramatist is evident ... superb control of this large cast ... A bold, beautiful and deeply rewarding poem' -- Helen Dunmore, The Observer, 15 July 2005
He deserves to be canonised...A Bold, dramatic work -- Sean O'Brien, Sunday Times
A series of loosely-connected monologues, combining observations about modern-day America with family reminiscences about wartime LondonSee all Product description
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I bought this book based on an interview I heard with the author. Having the background insight that the interview provided made for a more enjoyable read than if I'd just picked it up cold.
One of the most original modern poetic works I've read in a while.
This book is challenging. I've read it twice so far and will probably read it again. The beginning in the New York Irish bar (bartender named Raul) is subtly hilarious. Guess who "Clint" and "Glenn" is, and what he's doing. There's delicious lack of precision in the words of Raul and the habitue' Joey who, it turns out, is also English, as is Clint/Glenn, and the survivor of the Blitz. Read this book slowly, and work it out as best you can.
The greatest part of the book is in the sections set during the Blitz. The takeaway for me was what it's like to be immersed in the devastation of attack; there are marvelous descriptions of behaviors of many different types of people. The book is free of the author's telling what is happening; his characters show. Without saying so, Maxwell points out that the Blitz of 1941 wasn't the last.
This book is not to be missed.
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