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Lurid & Cute

2.7  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
This yarn takes place in the suburbs of a giant city, and its hero is Edison Lo. There he is, in his thirties, in the middle of things! In Chicago they're coming off their night shift, in Tokyo they're asleep - that's what's happening elsewhere in the world when Edison wakes up. Our hero has had the good education, and also the good job. Together with his wife, Candy, he ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published January 29th 2015 by Jonathan Cape (first published January 28th 2015)
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MJ Nicholls
There’s that friend of yours, the logorrhoeic loudmouth always on cue with the perfect witticism at the right time, equipped with an anecdote for all occasions (that you suspect he practices in the mirror at home), forever present at all social moments to release another stream of verbal sophistication leaving you cowering in the corner, wondering if you ever learned the alphabet properly, or learned to speak at a post-toddler level, and there’s this friend of yours who, after too many drinks, ...more
Paul
Jan 27, 2015 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: literary
Lurid & Cute – A Challenging Read

The anal retentive literary set in London, those that are so out of touch with the book buying public in the rest of the UK, will love Lurid & Cute. They have twice voted him Granta Best Young British Novelist but Adam Thirlwell still divides opinion some as a great talent others in the realm of the emperor’s new clothes, I am somewhere between the two opinions.

Lurid & Cute is not an easy read but then experimental literature never is, so if you like
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Paul
Mar 20, 2015 Paul marked it as abandoned
Shelves: hackney_library
Gave up. Will try again one day. Just didn't have the momentum, time and energy to get through it.
Ian Mond
Oct 23, 2015 Ian Mond rated it did not like it
If I’d been smart I would have given up on Adam Thirlwell’s Lurid & Cute about ten pages into the novel. But for some reason I kept thinking that the paranoid and obsessive thoughts of Thirlwell’s protagonist would reach a crescendo, that there would be a moment where the penny would drop and I’d understand what this book was actually about. If that moment happened then I was on a different bus because aside from a handful of evocative passages, Lurid & Cute would have to be the most ...more
Bored to Death book club
Sep 24, 2015 Bored to Death book club rated it did not like it
It seems only fair that I begin this review by telling you why this review should not be trusted. First of all, and most importantly, I did not read all of this book. I didn't even read most of this book. Overcome by hatred and disdain, I found the book increasingly interminable. The first few times I picked up the book I was still able to power through multiple pages at a time, but every subsequent reading has become shorter and shorter. It became clear to me that I was stuck in a mathematical ...more
Rider Babbit
I enjoyed this book strangely almost, thought of giving it a 4, although the guy was a self absorbed nincompoop of thought and motivation, I did enjoy the prose a lot and the fact that he was so conscious of his own moral lethargy and argued over it endlessly as with most else that he did. I like the style as in a long neurotic rant you could get past the narrator and bearing him as I did then this is a nice interesting read and takes on living today in this reality, definitely not a beach read, ...more
Alex
Aug 12, 2015 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
The thing is that there's a plot in this book but it is obfuscated behind a drug-addled, self-obsessed, neurotic, passive, genius asshole that's completely unreliable. So, as the reader we have no sense of what's actually occurring nor how we might want to feel about it. This is a fascinating state to be in and the dipping and diving, rope-a-dope language of the narrator is beautiful to behold even as you sense his inexorable self-destruction. It's not a masterpiece. It's difficult to read. It's ...more
Johanna
Jun 19, 2015 Johanna rated it it was ok
gave up halfway through and skimmed to the end. i get the joke, and it's funny for 20-30 pp, but it doesn't stop. it just keeps going, like a speedy man-child who never met a problem.
Paul Fulcher
Oct 10, 2015 Paul Fulcher rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, goldsmiths-2015
"I had this vision of a book in which I would record my total experience, and I knew how it should sound: with all the tones that no one ever admires, the Gruesome, Tender, Needy, Sleazy, Boring, the Lurid and the Cute. In such tones I would tell me kawaii tale"

My 3rd book from the Goldsmiths shortlist, and as with Magnus Mills, an author whose books I have had issues with in the past.

Thirlwell draws knowledgeably on a wide range of very worthy influences, particularly from continental Europe
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Jean-Pascal
Un roman difficile à critiquer. Quatre étoiles pour de nombreuses phrases fines, compliquées, amusantes et vraies ; deux étoiles pour un ennui profond qui s'installe assez rapidement et une complaisance assumée mais pénible. Il n'empêche que je me souviendrai sûrement du roman.
Lynne
Nov 23, 2016 Lynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmm I so wanted this to be better but it just irritated me mostly. There were some lovely passages of stream of consciousness but overall it left me feeling rather disappointed. :(
Mark
Jul 06, 2015 Mark rated it it was ok
About one-third of the way through I was resigned to the fact this book was never going to lift off, that it would remain a rather monotonous, scrambled and forever digressing and qualifying interior monologue. Some of the protagonists's musings I found interesting and made me think a little, but I really wouldn't have thought there was enough here to make a book. There's very little plot, the few events that do actually occur are carried out in this vague and insubstantial world that exists ...more
Flickercat
Eine gute Erziehung und ein guter Job. Eine schöne Frau, einen Hund und ein Haus in den Suburbs: unser postmoderner Held besitzt alles. Doch dann steht ihm der Sinn nach Nervenkitzel: Gefühle für eine Frau, die nicht seine ist, eine Orgie und mehrere Schusswechsel. Eine Ereigniskette intolerablen Ausmaßes nimmt ihren Lauf.

„Grell & Süß“ ist auf jeden Fall ein Roman, der seinen eigenen Ton hat und sich damit von vielen anderen Büchern abhebt. Der Ich-Erzähler schwafelt viel. Manchmal zu viel.
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Matt
Jan 10, 2016 Matt rated it liked it
A novel that wasn’t quite in my range, I am still really impressed by the way this novel comes across as a weird work of moral philosophy. It’s a retrospective narration from a character who lacks a clear moral center—at the novel’s open, he’s taken too many narcotics and slept with his best female friend, and it goes downhill from there into sexual depravity and armed robbery. But throughout, we are very close the self-rationalizing narrator as he tries to explain his behavior. And it’s ...more
Clay Brown
Jun 14, 2015 Clay Brown rated it it was ok
This is a rather Insular book about a man and his thoughts basically, a few things do happen along the way during its telling. Thirlwell is said to be a 'great find' in the Media, and we've seen his like a time or two I'd say, still I'd rather see his next book show some real plot and less Navel gazing, the author does have a voice, but how he develops it over the next coming years will tell if he can transcend to greater waters.

This isn't a Must read by any means and many of you will be bored w
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Lockestep
Feb 01, 2016 Lockestep rated it it was ok
It has its moments. But I could never get interested in the book long enough to read in more than fits and starts. Romy and Candy are one-dimensional women. You don't ever see them as real, which may have been Thirwell's intent - show everything through the narrators point of view. But it does not make for quality reading. Some of the other tricks are sophomoric. Hiro (Hero, get it?). Overall there is just too much going wrong here.
Mollie
Nov 07, 2015 Mollie rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most refreshing books I've read in ages. Thirlwell writes in a really honest way, and the story here has a way of progressing a developing really quickly, but you don't notice it because of the clever first person narrative. style.

I can't wait until I finish my degree and can just read stuff like this for the rest of my life <3
Andy Weston
Jun 01, 2015 Andy Weston rated it it was ok
I'm not sure how this found its way in to my tbr list. Perhaps it got confused with the one above or below it.
I stuck with it until about half way through but it's really not my thing.

Just read three very average books in a row, so need a string come back. Back to some old favourites I think.
Tony
Jul 28, 2015 Tony rated it it was ok
Well, I got a related nightmare on finishing this book, so it must work on some level. There were a few really funny pieces (his problem with a plane flight for one) but his pattern of insight never never gelled or resonated with me. I could have been reading something better.
Chuck Blessing
May 18, 2015 Chuck Blessing rated it liked it
A tough read, given the gymnastics necessary to read this prose. At the end of it, I just felt tired and like I could have spent the hours on a book that left me with some personal growth or new knowledge. This one provided neither.
Bruce
May 23, 2015 Bruce rated it it was ok
Daring, a whirlwind of neurotic thinking; with skilled editing (sorely lacking in today's book publishing industry)and half as wordy it could been a great book
Nicola
Jan 18, 2016 Nicola rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave up at about half book. A sense of complete waste of time reading this story with no plot. Not my kind of book at all.
Abraham
Jan 17, 2016 Abraham rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, abandoned
The voice is clever, the narrator unsympathetic and self conscious, and the story slow.

Also: where does it take place????
Victor Verhague
Victor Verhague rated it it was ok
Aug 12, 2016
Stefanie Snow
Stefanie Snow rated it liked it
May 30, 2015
Emily Strobel
Emily Strobel rated it it was ok
Aug 26, 2015
Stephen
Stephen rated it liked it
Jun 20, 2015
Liz
Liz rated it it was ok
Aug 29, 2015
Kate Fenton
Kate Fenton rated it liked it
Jul 11, 2015
Dan Duff
Feb 01, 2016 Dan Duff rated it it was ok
Sorry I wasted my time with this one. Self-indulgent to the extreme.
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Adam Thirlwell was born in 1978 and grew up in North London. He is a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and assistant editor of Areté magazine.

His first novel, 'Politics', a love story with digressions, was published in 2003, and his second book, 'Miss Herbert: A Book of Novels, Romances & Their Unknown Translators, Containing Ten Languages, Set on Four Continents & Accompanied by Maps, P
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