Monday, 5 April 2010

Read this book

You don't have to, of course, as viewing my blog post titles does not, as yet, constitute a legally binding obligation. But if you are looking for something to read, this is something you can read.

I will avoid saying too much about the story. The less said the better, not because there is a tedious whodunnit to solve or a twist ending, but because the book's pleasures are best discovered first hand. Rhodes has clearly put a lot of effort into the plot, but the book's other elements are not subservient to it, if that makes sense. The whole has the feeling of a fairy tale, only a fairy tale set in the modern - but not overly specific or "topical" - world. Rhodes' ability to shift between and combine sentiment and humour, pathos and razor-sharp satire, is astonishing. For instance, there is a section towards the end in which...

It is very difficult to write about a book without writing about it. That's why you need to read the book, so that we can discuss it.

Dan Rhodes is an insolent and curmudgeonly and charming figure who gives great interview and whose blog (written by unnamed contributors) takes his critics to task with relish. Rhodes is mates with TMKP favourite Simon Crump, so read him, read them both, and thank me later.

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