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Tongues Of Flame Paperback – 26 Feb 1996

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (26 Feb. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749396172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749396176
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Religion, sex and mania bursting hoof-footed from suburban doors" (Fay Weldon)

"Not since The Catcher in the Rye has there been such a believable portrayal of male puberty. The quality of story-telling and the cadence of the prose have a piercing authenticity" (Catholic Herald)

"As a technician [Parks] cannot be faulted. His book builds to a terrifying tour de force, made bearable only by the tight prose" (Jeanette Winterson)

"He can write, at will, like a modern Henry James, proceeding with composure through the labyrinth" (Literary Review)

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'A hilarious and original portrait of a young boy grappling with good and evil' - New York Times Book Review

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I like Tim Park's writing very much. I started with his books on Italy and moved on to his novels. He does seem to capture the human condition in all it's guises. This book is loosley based on his own experience of an evangelical father - although, his disclaimer says it's fiction. The characters are complex and there is a lightness of humour which keeps the awfulness of their lives from being too depressing to want to read about them. It's not the best of Tim Parks but this is just my personal preference. It's a slim book and I enjoyed the read which left me with a sense of 'well, so that's how it ends' when I'd finished. But then real life often doesn't have neat conclusions.
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This is, I think, Parks' first published novel, and it is clearly written, though the plot is plodding and it is a bit hard to identify with such a dysfunctional group of people. He doesn't quite get across the appeal of religious fanaticism perhaps because he takes the part of a neutral observer, a 15-year-old, whose voice, truth be told, is not authentic, and not even particularly insightful. Parks has written a lot of other novels (over a dozen, I believe) and they are well-plotted. This one uses a almost literal)deus ex machina to end the rambling, pretty meaningless story.
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I keeplending this book to friends and they keep refusing to give it back, so I must have bought it about six times. This is a subtle, fascinating book, written with such skill that you believe that Tim Parks has lived through this experience. For those who have lived through the destruction of charismania, this is a healing book. Its the sort of book where the characters stay with you long after you have put it down. Brilliant Stuff.
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