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The Impartial Recorder: A Novel
by Ian Sansom
The Impartial Recorder is an extraordinary book about ordinary people in a small town in the middle of nowhere. It may be the only funny book you will ever read about the weather. And the only novel that comes with its own handy index to help guide you straight to subjects such as "sushi, and Christian guilt," "adultery, brazened out" and "regretted bitterly," "snacks, bet ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by Harper
(first published July 1st 2004)
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Ah, life in small town, Anywhere, UK... where one guy has made it rich ripping up the quaint downtown and selling land at high profit to a brand-new mall on the outskirts. Where people drown their sorrows in the pub or the whirlpool at the new New Age spa. Where the idealistic newspaper editor settles for less muckraking, more gossip. Funny, somewhat acerbic, but never actually depressing or overly cynical. Like Sansom's first mobile library mystery (which he published after this book and in whi ...more
The most apt way to describe this book is if you imagine the British version of Lake Wobegon. It consists of interconnected stores (with meandering footnotes). And it's quite funny, with some of life's pathos thrown in for good measure. Just like in Lake Wobegon!
Just loved this book. Couldn't read more than a page or two before I'd be chortling and reading passages aloud, much to the disgruntlement of my husband. So fun to become acquainted with the town's inhabitants, and follow their lives as they earnestly followed their dreams. This was a GREAT read.