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Imperfect Solo

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Meyer is filled with dread. His fading musical aspirations, his tyrannical CEO, his ex-wives, his exiting girlfriend, his ageing father, his beloved and troublesome children and his confused and bewildered life all bear witness to the sky that he is convinced will soon fall on his head.
And then it does.
This is the story of a man adrift in anxiety, ill-fortune and comic mis
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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published January 27th 2014 by Picador Africa
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Ray Hartley
Mar 02, 2014 Ray Hartley rated it it was amazing
Steven Sidley's third book - the first two were Entanglement and Stepping Out - in three years is a remarkable piece of writing in the tradition of the American authors Philip Roth, John Updike and Saul Bellow. Meyer’s life is moving towards some sort of climax. Two failed marriages, a soon-to-be-ex girlfriend, children who are growing up and making sometimes dangerous choices, a job with a CEO from hell … it is as if he has accumulated too much baggage. Now he confronted by a new enemy – dread. ...more
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Aug 03, 2015 Hjwoodward rated it really liked it
After a bit of a slow start I was absolutely blown away by this book. (Slow start? Well, I suppose the phrase 'uncomplicated sex with some accommodating lass' jarred a little, really. Nothing but my own prejudices I guess.)

But wow, I think the moment I started really liking the protagonist is when he got up to defend the waitress: fantastic. Really, really good writing showing insight into a hero's head (again, a very personal response: I stand in awe of bravery). It chimes through the book, thi
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Gillian
Jul 17, 2014 Gillian rated it liked it
Shelves: south-african, 2014
This “dark comedy of random misfortune” is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
The protagonist Meyer is a 40-year-old disillusioned soul, disappointed in love and life and filled with a pervasive feeling of impending dread. Meyer the character is reminiscent of Yossarian in Catch 22, and often the sardonic tone of Imperfect Solo hits the same funny bone at that classic novel.
However, Sidley’s voice is his own and he has a keen ear for dialogue and narrative. Interestingly, the author notes says Sidley p
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Margot Doherty
Sep 14, 2015 Margot Doherty rated it it was amazing
A winner! Oozing masculinity, this novel references the male American canon (and I haven't read it much, having tried Cormac McCarthy and wondered if we were ever going to get to the feelings part, maybe that's unfair, the part where the feelings are not powerfully felt but barely aired). It's well crafted and funny and a little Woody Allenish and middle-age-ish and it will stay with me for a long time. Antihero meets crises in superlatives; reflects upon. I liked!
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Steven Boykey Sidley has divided his adult life between the USA and South Africa. He has meandered through careers as an animator, chief technology officer for a Fortune 500 company, jazz musician, software developer, video game designer, private equity investor and high technology entrepreneur. He currently lives in Johannesburg with his wife and two children.

Entanglement, his first novel, was sp
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