If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
Risky in conception, hip and yet soulful, this is a prose poem of a novel -- intense, lyrical, and highly evocative -- with a mystery at its center, which keeps the reader in suspense until the final page. In a tour de force that could be described as Altmanesque, we are invited into the private... show more
Risky in conception, hip and yet soulful, this is a prose poem of a novel -- intense, lyrical, and highly evocative -- with a mystery at its center, which keeps the reader in suspense until the final page. In a tour de force that could be described as Altmanesque, we are invited into the private lives of the residents of a quiet urban street in England over the course of a single day. In delicate, intricately observed closeup, we witness the hopes, fears, and unspoken despairs of a diverse community: the man with painfully scarred hands who tried in vain to save his wife from a burning house and who must now care for his young daughter alone; a group of young clubgoers just home from an all-night rave, sweetly high and mulling over vague dreams; the nervous young man at number 18 who collects weird urban junk and is haunted by the specter of unrequited love. The tranquillity of the street is shattered at day's end when a terrible accident occurs. This tragedy and an utterly surprising twist provide the momentum for the book. But it is the author's exquisite rendering of the ordinary, the everyday, that gives this novel its freshness, its sense of beauty, wonder, and hope. Rarely does a writer appear with so much music and poetry -- so much vision -- that he can make the world seem new.
Publish date: November 4th 2003
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 275
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
bookshelves: summer-2011, published-2002, one-penny-wonder, paper-read, booker-longlist Read from August 24 to September 01, 2011 ** spoiler alert ** Yay - one penny hardback LARGE PRINT version. Sometimes I don't pull the short straw. Stamped 'withdrawn' from Gateshead Libraries.If you listen, ...
I love Jon McGregor's writing; his observations are so perfect you are absorbed before you've even realised it. Accessible and intelligent, and very moving.
This is an unforgettable book, much for the lyrical and poignant way it is written as anything. I love to read this kind of literary fiction and the author has a rare talent for making the ordinary extraordinary; the small everyday events becoming charged with an electric significance due to a trag...
Yay - one penny hardback LARGE PRINT version. Sometimes I don't pull the short straw. Stamped 'withdrawn' from Gateshead Libraries.If you listen, you can hear it.If I started listing the glorious quotes then nearly the whole book would have to be quoted
If you start into this book looking for a conventional, plot-driven story, you might be disappointed. This is more like a motion picture put in words, exquisitely recording one summer day in the life of one unremarkable neighborhood in Northern England. As you watch the various residents going thr...