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The Wisdom of Crocodiles

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When Steven Grlscz saves a young woman from throwing herself in front of a train he finds himself consumed by a love affair that transforms her from a suicidal, angry anorexic into a happy and beautiful young woman. Then she vanishes without trace.

Across the Thames, on the morning that George Winnicott, former head of the Anti-Terrorist Squad, is to begin his new job in c...more
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by BT Press (first published 2000)
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Mikeherring
Some beautifully written passages and some very interesting ideas. Overall, though, not wholly convincing: I especially didn't feel the whole thing hung together that well. I think someone else commented that all the secrets of life are in this book if only we could understand them. To an extent I suppose that's the point. It's supposed to be somewhat opaque (and it succeeds). Very much enjoyed the vampire passages (which would not generally be my 'thing') but I think the economic philosophising...more
Codee Cornish
I tried. I imagine if I'd have been extremely bored over the course of a summer, maybe I could have detangled this book and made heads or tails of it.
Sue
It was difficult to read and understand at times. I was relieved to get to the end. I didn't understand the point it was trying to make.
Derek Baldwin
It's only now that I'm reading Paul Hoffman's "Golden Age Of Censorship" that I remember having read this a couple of years ago (and since seen the film with Jude Law, which is a bit shit). It's a clever and really unusual novel, confusing at times, but well worth persevering with. Very broad in its sweep and maybe a bit too ambitious, but it all hangs together well. Definitely worth a read.
Bronwen Richards
This novel tries to be too clever for its own good but was intriguing enough to keep me reading to the end. The book consisted of a mis-matched patchwork of story lines that didn't really reach any satisfactory conclusions. The book also defies fitting neatly into any particular genre - which probably sums up my feelings about it - a few clever ideas untidily pulled together
Sheena
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Shelves: 2005
This was the weirdest book I have ever read and not for the squeamish but it has stayed with me
Jem Wilton
Was OK - like the crossword bit and the vampire bit - but the rest?
Georgia
Jesus, that was boring...
J.J. Ward
Bleak. Needs editing.
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Possibly the only novelist of his generation to be born by the light of a paraffin lamp, Paul Hoffman spent much of his childhood on airfields all around the world watching his father – a pioneer of sports parachuting and European Champion – jumping out of aeroplanes. After a long battle with the English educational system which involved avoiding school whenever possible he was offered a place to...more
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