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The Man in the Seventh Row

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  29 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
What happened that turned one man's world inside out?

Roy is a film fan. He loves the cinema.

Maybe he loves the cinema a little too much. Lately, things have been going wrong. He settles into his favourite seat to watch an old movie, but he's not seeing what he expects to see. No matter the film – The Graduate, Brief Encounter, The Magnificent Seven – he finds himself sucke
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Published November 2011 by Blasted Heath (first published October 27th 2011)
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Rosemary the fourth plinth
Nov 10, 2011 Rosemary the fourth plinth rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!
I'll admit I chose it to read intially because one of the settings is local to me. It took me a while to get into, but once I did the story ran away with me until I had finished the book in a sitting. Flashback scenes of Roy's childhood holidays in North Berwick rang true, I enjoyed his relationship with his father and the descriptions of the many cinemas Roy visited as he grew up. Brilliant read for film lovers in particular. (edit for typo)
Dena Pardi
Aug 12, 2012 Dena Pardi rated it liked it
This book sounded really interesting and at times it was but, more often then not I was confused as to what was going on, especially in the beginning chapters which made it difficult to get into. The book is only truly appreciated if you are a huge movie buff, particularly of western movies. Roy's life seems to be absorbed into and based on what goes on in the movies, at times he can not tell the difference between reality and the big screen.

In between the scenes of his favorite movies that he
Nov 01, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it
Ambitious by virtue of its ambiguity, ‘The Man in the Seventh Row’, is an unusual look at cinematic infatuation to the point of obsession. Protagonist Roy Batty exists in a world where fact and film coincide and consume his very being. His memories portrayed on the big screen, his emotions laid bare through actors, his narrative delivered in culture shifting sequence through iconic heroes and villains of yesteryear, his life enacted time and time again for the movie-goer’s pleasure. On the scree ...more
Marilou George
Feb 09, 2012 Marilou George rated it really liked it
Roy Batty is the quintessential movie enthusiast. As a child movies were an integral part of his life. He would see movies with his family, especially with his father and always sitting in the seventh row. He would assume the role of one of the characters to act out the movies with his friends. Movies were companions and a source of release for him as his life was played out in the characters. Roy made it a point to introduce his daughter to the world of movies at a young age so she would have a ...more
Karin Montin
Dec 09, 2014 Karin Montin rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, except I kept waiting for the murder. Unlike other Blasted Heath titles, this is not crime fiction or noir.

Roy Batty has always been a film fan, but now he is really losing himself in the movies. He sees himself up on the big screen, while real life happens to other people.

But not only is this a filmlover's novel, it's a love story, with lots of humour and sadness.
Feb 20, 2016 Chloe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unusual story that jumps around time and two dimensions. Occasionally hard to follow, but satisfying in the end. You do really have to love movies to get anything out of it though.
Thom Dibdin
Mar 19, 2012 Thom Dibdin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edinburgh
Serious movie-buff territory, but with a nicely twisting plot and plenty to hold those who don't get all the references.

Moving from North Berwick in East Lothian, Scotland, to Edinburgh and off to the States, Roy tells of his lifelong obsession with film. Whether it is studying the stills outside the picture houses on holiday or escaping with his father to the various flea pits of Edinburgh, Pendreigh has a great sense of place. He also has a natural ability to enter and display the twisting wor
Apr 22, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it
Shelves: lad-lit
Roy Batty has grown up with films, is slightly obsessed by films, then he starts to see himself on screen in roles that should be occupied by other people.

Is this his imagination? Is he going mad? Or is something else happening?

It goes a little over the top at times in its descriptions of classic movies but is otherwise well written. A hard book to pigeonhole but well worth a read.
Jun 22, 2012 KC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a movie buff. I love hiding in a dark theatre and slipping into that world almost as much as I love reading. The Man in the Seventh Row is a novel for movie lovers. A delightful and lovely story for a light summer read.
Jul 10, 2012 Mari rated it liked it
Great story but you really have to know movies to understand and enjoy this book. I mean REALLY know movies.
Oct 02, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing
A very good book - a Scottish childhood steeped in cinema, hints of magical realism, great cinematic detail.
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