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  1. restored thread #1 15th December 2005, 03:10 PM Stewart Resident Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Glasgow, UK Posts: 301 The Courage Consort Michel Faber’s The Courage Consort is one of those books where you wish it were longer or part of a collection. A novella of 150 pages it follows the story of a group of singers sent to Belgium for two weeks in order to rehearse a new avant-garde piece for an upcoming event. As they spend more time in each other’s company the group falls apart due to personality conflicts and personal problems. Roger Courage is the founder of the sin
  2. Siân, an archaeologist working on a dig at Whitby Abbey, is haunted by nightmares where she gets her throat cut. Later she meets a handsome stranger and his dog, and he hands her a manuscript from the 1830s in which a Whitby whaler cuts the throat of his daughter. This strange novella was a satisfying and quick read, though I suspect I am missing many threads and parallels that Faber has put in. It doesn't help that I haven't read any Henry James.
  3. Like Dalton in Road House, I thought this book would have been...bigger. It's barely 200 pages long and double spaced, and I would have thought the story of a newly discovered fifth gospel would have needed a lot more pages. Book synopsis here so I needn't bore you with detail. There's a humorous passage about the author's name being misspelled, no doubt something Michael himself has endured. There's also a great part where Theo reads the Amazon reviews of the book he writes after 'discovering' the original papyrus scrolls. Theologically, I didn't get too much from it. It seems like Jesus w
  4. Stewart doesn't post much these days, but his reviews are too good to be allowed to disappear. It's shame he has a 'common' name and I can't remember what else he read. It makes finding his reviews a chore. Rescued thread The Apple: New Crimson Petal Stories Usually when coming to the end of a book of brick-like proportions, it's good that the story is over. Not so, however, with Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White, an 835 page blend of sheer enjoyment and frustration. Set in Victorian London and using postmodern techniques, the novel, I would like to think, is one of th
  5. Isserley drives her red Toyota Corolla up and down the A9 through the Scottish Highlands, looking to pick up hitchhikers, specifically well built male hitchhikers. That's pretty much all I can tell you about the plot of "Under The Skin" without spoiling the surprises within, because Isserley is not who she first appears to be. Since I can't give you a plot synopsis, I'll enthuse instead about the novel's highly original premise and Faber's artful prose which gradually reveals the true nature of Isserley and her situation. The novel combines the best aspects of "The Wasp Factory" and "Ani
  6. Rescued Thread chuntzy 19th December 2006, 04:39 PM As I'm not very good at literary criticism I'll make the following brief points about this novel:- (1) that I finished a 800 page novel in two weeks means that I enjoyed it and it was a page turner (2) I liked how the author subverted some of the conventions of Victorian novels and involved the reader in this strategy: just one example (as I expect I mustn't spoil things) - the governess isn't a harridan and uncaring (3) the author obviously did a lot of thorough research into the period (4) I don't think Faber quite knew what to
  7. Hmm, not sure where to post review of this event since there are various Michel Faber threads both in The Canongate Read and elsewhere, so I'll just post a link to my review of it. IfI post it in the events section it might get missed by people who mainly peruse the book threads. Jamie Byng and Michel Faber discussed the author-publisher relationship, books, and much else in Edinburgh last night. Anyone who wants to read more about the event can click on the link: http://www.rocksbackpagesblogs.com/?author=20
  8. I said when I first posted about this that some parts of the book probably went over my head. I've just found out that this is a book in the Myths series, something that wasn't obvious in my copy (the Text Publishing version published in Melbourne, Australia). Sure, it is there but hidden away unlike the UK editions. So now I know the book is based on the Prometheus myth I think I might need to read up on that and reread the book.
  9. This is one of the books discussed as part of The Canongate Read so you can read and add to the discussion here.
  10. This is actually a book of short stories. If this is the wrong place for this review, I'm sure it will be put in the right one. What a great writer Michel Faber is. Here is a collection of enigmatic and intriguing short stories, making the reader think about what the words on the page really mean. At the beginning of each story, apart from the title, is a picture or symbol, which is relevant to the story. They too are intriguing and enigmatic. There are 17 stories in all and each one is different. Some cover the mental state of human beings and semingly question what is sanity. S
  11. katrina 19th December 2006 04:46 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The opening chapter I just thought I would post a thread for people to comment on their thoughts on the opening chapter on TCP&TW. Despite having read this book before, and fairly recently I was still blown away when I read this chapter the last. Here's just a brief example of what I am talking about: Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them. This city I am bringing you to is vast and intricate, and you have not been here before. You may imagine, fro
  12. katrina 31st December 2006 02:10 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The characters Just wondering what people thought of the individual characters, any you absolutely loved or hated? I personally thought Sugar was great and I like her right till the end no matter what she did. Although I found the descriptions of her appearance odd, the picture in my head of her never matched the description - I know that doesn't make sense because we hear so much about how she looks. William on the other hand was likeable at his weakest moments but I was n
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