Book Reviews

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

06 December 2010 | Book Reviews

Originally published at Verbicide Following in the footsteps of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, the latest addition to the David Sedaris library has hallmarks of his classics: the dysfunctional family values, the well-observed minutiae of human behaviour. Unlike in his classic tomes, however, the characters of this […]

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After Dark by Haruki Murakami

16 August 2008 | Book Reviews

Originally published at The Skinny Haruki Murakami’s style is deliberate, economical and has a unique ‘sufficiency’ which lends itself startlingly well to magical realism. His style somehow succeeds in making everyday non-adventures – say, cooking spaghetti – into engaging portraits of human activity and when he finally pulls you into Wonderland nothing could seem more […]

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Hollywood by Charles Bukowski

05 February 2008 | Book Reviews

Originally published at The Skinny Unwarranted Re-release can occasionally be the sweetest phrase in the English language. While everyone else this summer is pretending to enjoy Mark Haddon’s dreary A Spot of Bother or Toby Litt’s adolescent Hospital, the Emperor’s New Clothes effect can be swiftly bypassed by reading this republished Bukowski classic instead. In […]

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Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds

07 December 2007 | Book Reviews

Originally published at The Skinny With the obvious exceptions of Matt Groening’s Life in Hell series and the brilliantly inexplicable Perry Bible Fellowship creations, newspaper ‘funnies’ are pretty shameful. But along came Posy Simmonds in 2005 with something different for the back of the Guardian’s newly reformatted literature supplement. Astonishingly, her strips, while often witty, […]

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

12 May 2007 | Book Reviews

Originally published at The Skinny Dr Alfred Jones is a fish out of water. Extracted from a humdrum home life and a comfortable career at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence, he is cast into a foolhardy government-backed project designed to introduce salmon fishing to the parched Yemen. It’s East-meets-West time, kids. Rather than being […]

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