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Hunters and Gatherers

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In this maddeningly clever novel about collectors, collecting and a search for the world's most reclusive writer since J.D. Salinger, Steve Geddes is a writer who has been commissioned to write a book about collectors. His research introduces him to a Felliniesque cast of characters, including an alluring woman named Victoria who collects lovers who collect cars. While som ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 28th 1995 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1991)
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Oct 23, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hoarders, collectors and people who like five books for £5
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: thrift in times of economic crisis
I chose this book pretty much at random. The choice process was the literary equivalent of covering yourself in glue and running through your wardrobe and then wearing whatever sticks. This book was part of a five books for 5 offer at a local book store so in the interest of economy (time and finance) I grabbed five books off the shelf without too much thinking involved.

I did have my head turned slightly by the title as it is semi archaeological ( a large part of my university education involved
Glen Engel-Cox
This is a comedy novel about collectors, with an oh-so-perfect title. It begins with a long list of things that collect, in all manifestations of the word, then proceeds to introduce us to a weird cross-section of British society. There is the car wash man with a craving for knowledge who decides to collect the entire contents of "The Books of Power," a strange encyclopedia set, into his memory. His boss, the prototypical used car salesman, with the pitch perfected, and a collection of knickers ...more
I found this at a yard sale and was drawn in by the subject matter, since I collect comics. I was disappointed. It's clear that he's a skilled writer, but I just didn't care to hear this story, and I felt like the book was written without any research into why people collect certain things. None of the characters seemed real to me, nor did any of their motivations. He could turn a phrase very well, but I just couldn't engage. And it wasn't as funny as it was obviously meant to be. Still, I could ...more
Randy Lowe
"...a large, official dinner was being given to mark the retirement of Charles de Gaulle. A great fuss was made of the General and his wife. They were well fed and watered and treated with the utmost reverence. Towards the end of the evening someone asked Madame de Gaulle what she was most looking forward to now that her husband was retiring, and she immediately replied, 'A penis.' A shocked, embarrassed silence fell on the table. Nobody knew how to react to her reply. Was it some saucy French j ...more
David Prybil
Intriguing themes are subverted by a cool, disaffected tone and meandering approach to the tale which takes far too long to ignite, then peters out with little to say about its apparent topic at hand.
This is such an intelligent, engaging novel, I wonder, yet again, why Geoff Nicholson isn't better known.
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Geoff Nicholson is a British novelist and non-fiction writer. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Essex.

The main themes and features of his books include leading characters with obsessions, characters with quirky views on life, interweaving storylines and hidden subcultures and societies. His books usually contain a lot of black humour. He has also written three works of non-ficti
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