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The Wisdom of Crocodiles

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  110 Ratings  ·  10 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
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by BT Press (first published 2000)
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Jan 02, 2013 Mikeherring rated it liked it
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
Jun 13, 2014 Codee rated it did not like it
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.
Jun 21, 2014 Sue rated it did not like it
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
Jul 28, 2011 Derek Baldwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2013 Bronwen Richards rated it liked it
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
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Jan 05, 2010 Sheena rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2005
This was the weirdest book I have ever read and not for the squeamish but it has stayed with me
Jem Wilton
Jan 20, 2013 Jem Wilton rated it liked it
Was OK - like the crossword bit and the vampire bit - but the rest?
Apr 25, 2011 Georgia rated it it was ok
Jesus, that was boring...
J.J. Ward
Nov 18, 2013 J.J. Ward rated it did not like it
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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