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The Wisdom of Crocodiles

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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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Alasdair Craig
Jan 17, 2017 Alasdair Craig rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Weird and peculiar. A bizarre mix of genres and unconnected fanciful sub-stories. I kept thinking it would come together, but it never did, or I just didn't understand it.
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
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.
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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.
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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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