- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Cargo Publishing (1 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908885017
- ISBN-13: 978-1908885012
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tales from the Mall Paperback – 1 May 2012
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Tales From the Mall is a great book. It s touching and emotional and part of a new form of literary storytelling. It s worth reading, worth loving. --James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces
Ewan Morrison captures beautifully the point at which anecdote becomes urban myth and reportage slides into fiction. This feels like a really important step towards a literature of the 21st century. --Claire Armistead, Books Editor, The Guardian
Morrison continues Ballard's tradition of locating menace beneath the sleekness and shine of postindustrial life. You also learn a lot along the way. A truly interesting book. --Douglas Coupland, author of Generation X
About the Author
Ewan Morrison is the acclaimed author of Swung, Menage, Distance and The Last Book You Read. He is a BAFTA award nominated filmmaker and lives in Glasgow.
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Top Customer Reviews
Came highly recommended by Irvine Welsh. Personally I thought it was good but not great - but definitely look forward to move from this author in the future.
Written mainly in the vernacular (a favourite Glasgow word for describing "the way it was telt"), Morrison has touched on the hundreds of lives & situations that populate mall culture, and how, in turn the mall has touched it's denizens, from cleaners to customers. Far from the vacant, emotionless space we think of as a Mall, Morrison explores the personal stories of those living their lives through its existence. From the wryly amusing to the near tragedy of a suicide attempt averted, this cross-continental cross-section of Americana that coats the world has been given a more understanding & sympathetic voice.
Interspersed by these narratives are the "mall-facts": The history & the psychology (pathology surely?) behind the mall concept : how millions have been spent in the study of consumer manipulation to exploit customers & their weaknesses; how the mall has developed & devolved through exploration of the rising phenomenon of the dead mall.
This dichotamy (I love that word) between the cynicism of the corporations that run the malls & those that frequent them is highlighted in Morrisson's wry, unsentimental but engaging & poingnant thoughtfest that is Tales From The Mall.
Ashley Chantler, co-editor, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book - I highly recommend it. The first 'tale' isn't very exciting or illuminating .... but read on.... this book gets better and betterPublished 9 months ago by M. Mcgowan
This book has it's ok side - the stories are very short and reasonably well crafted - but the effect of reading them together like this is ennui. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2013 by Lulubeth
I loved this book more than I expected to. I started reading before bed and next thing I knew I had read the entire book and it was after 4 in the morning. Read morePublished on 1 April 2013 by Rhona Hamilton
Most books that examine the `consumer society' tend to come tied down by some fairly heavy academic or intellectual baggage: weighty sociology, cultural criticism drowned in... Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2013 by Dale Lately
The mixture of factual analyisis and narrative did not quite work for me. The information presented was interesting but would have benefitted from a more structured approach. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2013 by jac
I stuck to the task of reading this book in chronological order without skipping from fact to fact, or story to story. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2012 by jannert
Tales from the Mall continues Ewan Morrison's panache for writing tales of modern love and life without judgement but this new title not only plays with what the structure of a... Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2012 by Mr. J. Baker