DaStefanil 2 aprile 2014 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
I heard that David Bowie real liked Rupert Thomson's work, so I thought I would have a look. Unfortunately I was very disappointed. The book starts off wonderfully… Fantastic atmosphere and a great idea to work with… then about two thirds of the way through it completely loses its way. The narrative voice changes unconvincingly. I found myself speed-reading to get back to the narration of the main character. Then (staying with it with great difficulty) when I actually got to the end the ideas seemed a bit dumb and nothing like the strength of the start of the book. I felt it was a shame as I enjoyed the beginning so much. I doubt I could risk reading any of his other books.
5,0 su 5 stelleCrazy but compelling story, beautiful controlled prose
Dabibliofiendil 5 maggio 2014 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
The first Thomson novel I read. I had no pre conceptions of what it would be like. I read the first page.....two months later I looked up, having, by then, read every book he'd published. The opening, and therefore what one takes the title to mean, wholly misleads. Wonderfully misleads. One veers off into a seemingly mittel Europe world...cobbled city streets, dumplings...and then into a strange rustic setting. The stories are within stories. I'd agree the narratives don't "hang together", but that has to be deliberate. It occurs at each narrative break. So the reader needs to consider why that is, and whether THAT is the sense you should take from the title. Think more of the experience of listening to Sherazade. That's the narratives. Then there is his extraordinary ability with prose. I HATE prose that announces itself, it's self importance. Thompson, rather like McEwan, writes in tight sentences, with incredibly precise wording. So exactly chosen, even the sounds - that it is enjoyable to read aloud. Comes across like poetry. I was amused by the unhappy reviewer who said he/she had tried to read the book because David Bowie had praised it...but the person didn't get it at all. That's a shame. But as in so many other things: David Bowie was right.
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