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The Impartial Recorder: A Novel

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  50 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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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Heidi Marleau
Sep 02, 2012 Heidi Marleau rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
Maybe I just had too much of Ian Samson books but I couldn't stay with this one. I wanted to like it but I gave up on it after a while. Just too much of a good thing, I guess.
Beth
Nov 01, 2007 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: funnylight
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
Steve
May 12, 2015 Steve rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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!
Gail
Aug 24, 2011 Gail rated it it was amazing
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.
MB (What she read)
Extremely witty and laugh-out-loud funny...but very dry. I had to drag myself through it.

It is very like Keillor's Lake Wobegon Days in style. Except Irish and drier.
Bev
Jul 18, 2011 Bev rated it it was amazing
Dry, subtle but hilarious sense of humour throughout -- I just loved this book. Reminds me of Stephen Leacock's small-town humour. I kept reading bit aloud to John so we could both laugh. Brilliant.
Laura Rodd
Dec 27, 2012 Laura Rodd rated it really liked it
I love this wonderful Irish writer and Sansom lays bare his soul again. He laughs at himself as his characters break apart with longing and angst.
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