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A real unreal city - totally brilliant
on 4 June 2017
Communion Town is a long, slow burn of a novel, but it is all the more rich and evocative for it. A synopsis of all ten chapters - separate stories that weave together to create a city which morphs and bends depending on who is looking at it - will not do here, but suffice to say Communion Town has stayed with me, not just months, but years after reading. Some of the people I met in Communion Town, the ghoulish flaneur, the detective Peregrine Fetch, butchers at a city abattoir, have nestled in my head and seem stuck there for good. Thompson's sense of space, the real-ness of this unreal city, is unparalleled. There are dozens of little moment where you catch yourself on one of Thompson's street corners thinking "I've been here before", an experience familiar to readers of Joyce's Dubliners or Ulysses, but rare in modern fiction. This is a mysterious, warped, quietly and uneasily political, brilliant book. Read it!