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  1. With his naked aggression and razor sharp observations on life Bukowski ranks as one of the best poets and writers to be .
  2. This book was riveting to the last page : violent funny and of course brilliant . Suprised not to find Guinzburg listed on the site slapstick comedy at its best : a lyrical style genius read read read and read again !
  3. This is a story of the legendary coke smuggler Zachary Swan and offers a news reel style insight into the underworld of drug dealing , one ofa series of books by Rebel Inc the kind of book you want to tell the world about. The intro is by Howard Marks the dialogue is spot on and Hunter S. Thompson calls him a "Whip - song writer" am hooked on this book
  4. Was given Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror by my beautiful finacee and every poem has depth , beauty and complexity I love Ashbery
  5. This book offers a bold, imaginative and explosive view of modern society .It is wonderfully innovative and experiments with language in a highly unique lyrical way. Playing with words by creating and developing new styles of speech and rhyming patterns, but offering , at the same time a scathing insight into the racial and social divisions that marr British society . A trend that is briefly considered through the novel on the other side of the Atlantic . Brilliant, offensive , but ultimately funny and gloriously witty send ups of the party crowd and their access to a luxury lifestyle are ruthlessly dissected and parodied without control. Indeed the very premise of the book is a mocking satire that of a bumbling dealer trying to cement his route to respectability into mainstream society by doing a business deal with an eccentric English aristocrat. The very notion being absurd and hysterical . Viola's intense lyricism and style virtuosity fuse to create exceptionally beautiful and arresting language during seemingly routine narrative - some defining examples :"He always saw everything in Matisse shades of blue", and "Now her silent beauty was etched with grey the grey you find in the lost eyes of sacrifice" "Without work her soul was empty and her mind bleeding for hope" Traders with "shiny Florida tans nervous eye twitches and coke bloat stomachs" or straight hairdressers with "boy band hair teased and gelled into easy lay creations". The book is short but in comparison to others in this genre is literally bursting with potent put downs on all layers of society , this poetic vision elevates the reader to a world of unprecedented visual beauty .Viola's use of irony is militant and powerful holding up to ridicule those who value style over substance like the drug crowd persuaded to buy "eco friendly green", herbal capsules instead of their usual drug of choice and those who have "talent by association" , the social climbers who seek validation in the labels they wear and the clubs they try to enter are all subject to Viola's scrutiny . One reviewer felt that some characters were "disparaged" for wearing certain brands I read it differently and thought Viola was higlighting the brand of choice for a specifc demographic and using the label as a metaphor to ridicule their lifestyle choices. As all consumers taught to buy into brands. Thus a seemingly "respectable law clerk" is actually a thuggish petty , broken man with racist sympathies . A supposedly inocuous waitress is really a self serving - fame seeking wannabe and the charcater prefers the honest intentions of a real prostitute rather than someone faking niceness. Satire is not always funny but SLIDE is brilliant for savage wit .I also valued this book for the endless artistic and musical references it provided the reader, one of the best and most memorable being : "One solitary gun fire shot had ripped open the Manhattan skyline and mottled the night air red it was a horrifying sight to behold, like a Damien hirst installation without the safety of persepex". For this line alone I recommend this book as one to read and treasure as a new voice of post modern fiction I think Amis and others should salute the new princess of post modern lit .
  6. Hi ! I think Soph was not aware she should not use the PM tool to message people about books , the long standing member she messaged did not appreciate being messaged by her and I think she got spooked and pretty upset when she was held out to be some kind of friend of the author for saying that she liked the book. As if her opinion didn't count on its own and was being discarded as it may have just been a "friend" of the author . You know like Soph ' somehow had no real enjoyment of the novel and her own opinion was not worth much that's what upset her. Yeah , the um "boring" comment was probably due to me defending Soph and may have been an over reaction but I'm happy to apologise if this word caused offence . Thanks for your welcome . J
  7. Hi there - well that's reassuring to know ! I love to read and enjoy lively debates too so in the spirit of friendship I 'll hang around thanks for the welcome J
  8. Cheers thanks . Am off to do my rounds soon .
  9. This is a brilliant representation of America's lost generation and a must read for anyone who enjoys topical post modern fiction. The central themes of the novel cover the power of consumerism over traditional values that have been eroded for selfish gratuity . The kind of world we live in now is one that this novel explores a society that seems to reward greed and selfishness instead of hard work and honest graft . There are disturbing moments of violence and the techniques adopted may not suit all readers as each opening chapter is from a different perspective and who is the more reliable is open to question. The role of women , the film industry all get de constructed as does the thorny issue of mental stablity and how that may affect people's decision making . It's a challenging , engaging and thought provoking read I would recommend to anyone who likes complicated social commentary .
  10. hi there , yes people have commented on it but I wanted it to stand alone do I just post it in the thread it's already in then . Thanks .
  11. Yes I know that but to make a song and dance about everything I write is not fair to other users - I like lively debate but this is something quite unique . I 've tried that the posting as I've posted elsewhere and it keeps getting deleted . Feel like I'm in some twilight zone . It says submit and I click and it just doesn't appear anywhere .
  12. Er what exactly is "confrontational" about suggesting that someone was boring me with their "opinion" that's just life . My my my this is like being policed seems like everything I say is being scrutinised . Wierd and I wasn't told how to post a review yet not giving up on that just yet!
  13. And I thought you had them nailed in one ! I think Americans are generally more open with their language and dirt and grit I have to agree with you about Pelecanos and Hiaasen one of the funniest novels I ever read by him was Lucky You ! if you like Hiaasen and James Lee Burke you ought to love SLIDE by Saira Viola also savagely satirical with a crime theme one of the characters has "BNP" connections and halitosis and of course the amazingly cool James Ellroy can't get enough of his staccato prose jumping at ya I thought The Big Nowhere White Jazz and so many others superb . Knife crime is rampant in the inner cities with gun crime on the increase I thnk it does matter where you draw your experiences from but there were some great crime stories based in England before post modern fiction . Still agree though the Americans have it sussed.
  14. Desmond Bagley is a brilliant crime writer he really knows his stuff and is spot on with plot twists, crazy scenes and the hero coming up trumps . He's smooth but not cheesy and all of his novels are really exciting with foreign locations and brilliant characters . See if you like him and let me know good luck .
  15. I like all of these plays each has their own qualities but a list would have to include for me The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and who can resist The Birthday Party by Pinter
  16. Didn't get quite the "warm welcome" promised in the sunny intro' accused and bullied of all sorts but my financee and I love reading we read almost anything and everything and aren't afraid of voicing our opinions about stuff we like and stuff we don't . As with all book readers we enjoy lively and topical discussions and are usually quite relaxed and easy going . I'm a trainee doc and my finacee is in journalism when we get spare time we like to do every day stuff films, live gigs, reading which is now the cheapest and best form of entertainment as the credit crunch squeezes harder. I'd like to know how to post reviews . Thanks Jez .
  17. Cock and Bull by Will Self it's meant to be some epic literary explosion and was sadly wasted on moi thought it was a nightmare to read and should figure as some kind of sixth form art piece watching it slowly decay as it gathers dust and cobwebs . It was everything even the cover was assanine . I loathed this book and would definitely ask why is he such a revered "writer", at best he plods along from one cliche to another and worse everyone seems to think he is the literary equivalent of Brad Pitt . No more Will Self novels please .
  18. Publishers guidelines seem to suggest there is a strict classification for genres but I always find that some of the best books straddle genres or have no genre and then I think because of the social value of the book or the theme of the book they get labelled as literary. I don't think however, you should worry that your reading tastes are limited and you're of course right one man's trash is another's genius . Keep reading and don't get bogged down with definitions . Life isn't compartments and classifications it seems silly that books stand rigid to the rules !
  19. Well , I don't know what to say the ISP, the disapperance of my humble review it's almost a wonderful story line for a novel ! Well Chuntzy , made an issue of the PM like it was breaking news or something and I responded , not with a "confrontational" yawn rather a don't worry the world isn't going to fall apart yawn! I didn't dislike Chuntzy's review but I, hands down ,disagree with it and wrote a very elegant review which mysteriously disappered . I will explore the site further and post on topics I wish and will re submit my glowing review for SLIDE . All's well .......... but yes I concurr let's move on shall we .
  20. Just because people don't contribute to every single discussion does not mean that they are a promoter if anyone is promoting it's people with 10,000 opinions seriously do they have the time to write that many reviews or are they getting paid ! I had no idea that there was etiquette about the use of PM but will pass that on Inspector Clouseau ! Thanks
  21. I'm glad you chose to include this in a thread the book still has the same signifcance as it did when it was written so many years ago . We too studied the text for literary critique and I remember thinking how unfair and unjust it was that people should be judged purely on the colour of their skin and what that must mean for those affected by racial discrimination. This book is a gem and should feature on all English core curriculums especially in society now which is fractured by class and race .
  22. Er , this is creepy if Sophie and I share the same ISP so what, we may share the same ISP but we're different and we don't need to justify ourselves to you! Wow detective overkill are you creepily storing information and data I'm going to continue posting and so is Soph wow we share the share the same ISP address so now what Holmes and Watson ! Why gang up on new members is this some wierd club just for seasoned reviwers ? Saw your reviwer had posted over 3000 reviews is this a professional site ? Thought it was a free site and you wanted to encourage members but instead you want to kibosh reviews because your members don't particularly agree with what you say and they're not allowed to share the same ISP ! Yeah don't think your Clouseau efforts are all that great to be honest and just for the record I like Amis but I think Viola is fabulous ! Get over yourselves storing people's ISPs is just kind of creepy and bizarre ! Also me and Soph share the same ISP because we're a couple and ............what about it ! We're allowed to share an ISP and everything else that couples do . Why you would raise this is frankly peculiar .
  23. Yawn really ?! Just beacuse someone PMs you doesn't mean they have links to a publisher! I read SLIDE and have just submitted a review and oddly enough only yours keeps coming up at least let others have their say I loved this novel it 's savagely satrical of all stratas of society and has some of the best one liners I've read this year! The themes of race popular culture and greed are simply and honestly illustrated . You are of course entitled to your own opinion but others should be allowed to voice theirs and I think SLIDE is one of the best commentaries on contemporary society . My fave line : " Richard thought her swollen hamster cheeks were a definite "Botox" giveaway . If the novel was written in under 21 days brilliant if not who cares ?!!! Your review seems rather personal perhaps you've got your own agenda!
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