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If on a Winter's Night a Traveller
4.09
You are about to read Mark Nicholls’s review of Italo Calvino’s postmodern classic If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller. You might want to position your ...more
Nov 14, 2009
Nov 21, 2009
 
The Circle
3.42
Liking this review will send a zing direct to Dave Eggers, who will enter the names of all those who liked at once into the McSweeney’s Assimilation P ...more
Dec 13, 2013
Sep 12, 2013
 
Finnegans Wake (Penguin Modern Classics)
3.65
Let me explain the five-star rating. When I was teenager I was ludicrously shy. I was the son and heir of a shyness that was criminally vulgar. My all ...more
Jul 29, 2010
Jul 29, 2010
 
Devils
4.23
Popular Culture: An Alphabetical Contempt. a) Let’s not mince words. All populist entertainment is repulsive, useless, dangerous and witheringly anti- ...more
not set
Jan 29, 2010
 
Ulysses
3.72
First, about the haste. This book is a page-turner. Forget Stephen King. Joyce is the man you read in bed, furiously tongue-fingering the pages to see ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
 
A Clockwork Orange
3.95
A favourite of my late teens, still a favourite now. The brutality of male blooming and the private patois of our teenhood . . . splattered across thi ...more
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
 
Thérèse Raquin
3.71
You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those ...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
 
Hopscotch
4.27
Original Review:

Hopscotch, a sort of Argentinean Finnegans Wake, is noted for its “hopscotch” structure. If read the second way, the reader finishes u
...more
May 16, 2010
May 07, 2010
 
House of Leaves
4.15
Everyone’s favourite stovepipe-hatted feline-loving formal innovator arrived in 2000AD with this quiet little novella starring Stretchy Font Man, Capt ...more
Feb 19, 2013
Sep 07, 2012
 
Infinite Jest
4.34
In his 1967 postmodernist primer The Literature of Exhaustion, John Barth says: “A labyrinth . . . is a place in which, ideally, all the possibilities ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 03, 2011
 
Darconville’s Cat
4.25
A stupefying triumph of superhuman eloquence. A loved-up homage to the OED and Roget’s Thesaurus. A sacrificial offering to the Gods Rabelais, Sterne ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
 
The Tunnel
3.86
The first 200 pages of this novel carry the reader aloft on flowing waves of sumptuous, musical prose: sentences so serpentine and silky, so alliterat ...more
May 21, 2012
May 21, 2012
 
NW
3.36
This is the novel I hoped Zadie would write. Since On Beauty in 2006, she’s been brushing up on the post-Eggers American hipster canon, hanging with t ...more
Oct 10, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
 
The Slynx
3.80
This exceptional little pearl should go straight atop your reading list, knocking off that willowy story collection, those fat-arsed historical doorst ...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
 
The Good Soldier Švejk
4.12
The Czech antidote to Heller’s Catch-22 (a wonderful but overpraised anti-war satire), this anarchistic (and openly misogynistic) classic is bolder, b ...more
Oct 25, 2013
Nov 21, 2011
 
The Diary of a Nobody
3.70
11 April

Sat down to write a capsule review of The Diary of a Nobody. Interrupted by a loving thump at the door. It was Mark Nicholls from my review of
...more
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
 
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
4.06
A good Europop lit-fic offering—a bit outmoded now, like Snap! or 2Unlimited. But still compelling fodder for philosophising undergrads with higher as ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
 
The Pickwick Papers
3.79
The middle classes in this country still aspire to some half-baked bucolic idyll—renting a farmhouse, living off the land, swinging on a hammock readi ...more
Mar 08, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
 
A Sentimental Education
3.84
An exhausting thrill-ride through the zany world of womanising socialite Frédéric, or—for the first 300 pages, at least—wannabe womanising socialite F ...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 21, 2011
 
Breakfast of Champions
4.08
The House of Trouts:

Kilgore Trout’s latest book, World’s Funniest Thermonuclear Accidents, was forthcoming from Michael O’Mara. He shared a bathroom w
...more
Dec 27, 2011
Dec 27, 2011
 
Barnaby Rudge
3.75
Is this the least-read Dickens novel? According to Goodreads, yes. Only 121 reviews on this one, with Martin Chuzzlewit a close second at 141. The rea ...more
Jun 23, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
 
Anonymous Celebrity
3.55
Spare a thought in 2013, this horrible horrible time to be alive, for the satirist. To satirise the self-satirising effluence that passes for populist ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
 
Omensetter's Luck
4.02
In his afterword, Gass kibitzes about the strange route to finally scorch Omensetter’s Luck into print. His original MS was filched by a creepy collea ...more
Jul 05, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
 
Laura Warholic or, the Sexual Intellectual
3.61
Having read the spellbinding Darconville’s Cat á coups de dictionnaire, I anticipated similar dizzying feats of sesquipedalianism from this outrageous ...more
Apr 11, 2013
Apr 06, 2013
 
Invisible Man
3.80
A powerful, energetic tour de force: timeless, breathtaking, politically ablaze, tremendously comic. I only have one more thing to say:

Read this.
Read
...more
Oct 21, 2012
Oct 20, 2012
 
David Copperfield
3.93
Finished. Having a hard time spinning superlatives for this review. It is more or less established I strongly like, or passionately love, every Dicken ...more
Aug 05, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
Hotel World
3.47
Another astonishing piece of work from Ms. Smith. Is there anything this writer can’t do? I have domestic duties and a rumbling stomach at present, so ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
 
Money
3.71
Note: Written in 2007, when my prose style was at an all-time low.

I would like to begin this review with a statement: I am not a rich man. The highest
...more
not set
Nov 09, 2009
 
Jane Eyre
4.07
Matchmaker profile: Jane Eyre

Independent orphaned teenager seeks ill-tempered, unattractive landowner for theatrical squabbles and ice-cold nature wal
...more
Jun 09, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
 
A Frolic of His Own
3.83
J. Franzen says about A Frolic of His Own that “its only aesthetic weakness, really, is that much of it is repetitive, incoherent, and insanely boring ...more
Dec 21, 2012
Dec 19, 2012
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