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Waterloo Sunset Paperback – 8 Jun 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (8 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438982542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438982540
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,122,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Ayres lives in Staffordshire. His career was spent working in Further Education before he took early retirement and began writing.

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I was gripped by this from start to finish. To call it 'pacy' would mislead - it describes after all a pub crawl interrupted by passages of personal reflection and introspection as the protagonists, university friends from the 'sixties, now themselves in their 'sixties, wind their progressively more drunken way about central London. The fluency and intelligence of the writing and the depth and wit of the cultural allusion nevertheless keep the pages turning and the reader is quickly immersed in this 'day in the life' tale of ageing and disillusion.
Comparisons will be made - with the pub crawl in 'Under the Net', with McEwan and the Amises ( 'The Old Devils' in 'London Fields'?) and such exalted company seems entirely appropriate.
Martin
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The fears of every thinking sixty year old ring true in this anatomy of a pub crawl by a group of meopausal males (and one female)forty years on from their graduation.Reading "Waterloo Sunset" is like peeling the layers off an onion or removing the many different coloured (psychedelic) wrappings in a game of pass the narrative parcel. The author skilfully staggers the introduction and discovery of each character, preparing us with a piano roll of expectation. But as with the disappointing reality of the celebration and the discovery of the truth behind the remembered event, we realise that each god is endowed with a capacity for self delusion as well as feet of clay.
As events and truths unfold, the languid pace eventually springs to life.
Richard Ayres prods you, pokes you and at times gets under your skin with opinions, reminiscences and attitudes you never knew you had or memories you had conveniently forgotten. The book touches on events in the latter half of the twentieth century with an insights that are common to us all but expressed with a clarity we sometimes miss. It is through the eyes of the older reader who like the book's characters feels almost invisible and unheard in the fast, brash, uncultured society we now inhabit
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I have to confess that I once lived in the sixties. Since I share the vices of one of the characters ("pedantry and sentimentality") I enjoyed both the sentimental journey into my own past and the accuracy of the historical detail. However, the action of the novel is set in the present, a very different country, where the characters have to deal not only with the problems of middle age but with the consequences of past deeds. Be sure your sins will find you out!

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Read it at (almost) one sitting - just a reluctant break to eat. These are real characters living in a world that is no longer theirs: the common fate of all those who live to grow old. The feeling of being a stranger in a strange land is absolutely true to life. My decade was the 70s, but it wasn't so very different from the 60s, and the loss is the same. If the book has a fault, it's that Alan and Eric are not sufficiently clearly drawn (sometimes I wasn't sure which one I was with). Highly recommended.
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