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Much ado about fences and sausages.
on 22 October 2012
Until recently I knew nothing of Magnus Mills - a situation which, sadly, no longer obtains. This long-winded shaggy dog story seems to have taken in many, though none that I have yet encountered are able to explain precisely what this book achieves. Yes, there are all the fashionable references to black comedy but to what end? None of the characters develop and the droll, matter-of - fact tone soon palls. This reminds me very much of the occasion when people went round banging musical instruments at random in a BBC music studio. What inevitably followed was all manner of critiques in the broadsheets finding this to be a highly original piece of work pushing forward the boundaries of our musical experience etc. At best this novel might have made a passable Monty Python five minute sketch. I've little doubt it will return to oblivion if it is not already in secure possession of that state.