Hate the main character, not the book. Hate the main character AND the book. But don't hate the book because of the main character. I mean, to give thHate the main character, not the book. Hate the main character AND the book. But don't hate the book because of the main character. I mean, to give this book 1 star because you didn't like the main protagonist is crazier than a clown glove reaching out of a cuckoo clock one minute before the hour...because the book, all books, can never be written with "you" specifically in mind. So, in short, get over yourself.
In a literary world engulfed by werewolves and vegetarian vampires, supported by a television schedule hell bent on nullifying the imagination of the planet, books like this are hard to find.
I mean, people watch Eastenders every night, what do people know?
Is it perfect? no. There are blocks of text, and on occasion the book gets engulfed in it's own need to make the events plausible, almost (in my opinion) takes itself too seriously - but just reading a book that takes you into another book and then back round and into conciousness itself has to be worth a look.
Ariel, student/teacher of sorts reads a book she isn't meant to read, and everything literally spirals, but not out of control, from there.
I would give this book 5 stars, but I'm more philosopher than scientist, so I tend to prefer floaty words of squish to structure; not that there aren't plenty of lovely turns of phrase in The End of Mr Y.
For the originality of story, for the unabashed belief in writing the impossible - Scarlett Thomas, bravo.
The Folded Man was the runner up in The Dundee Book Prize, and Stephen Fry himself said “the book captures the smell and essence of Britain.” So, expecThe Folded Man was the runner up in The Dundee Book Prize, and Stephen Fry himself said “the book captures the smell and essence of Britain.” So, expectations were high. I was blown away. Books these days are plastered with quotes from other authors and the press, who throw words around like extraordinary, vivid and original, and the books never are. The Folded Man is all three, and more. I read The Folded Man in four days because I couldn’t put it down. I sat in a coffee shop in Bermondsey and sat back frequently to mull over the ideas the writer was putting into my head. The little snippets of delightful descriptions, twists of phrases and turns of wording; of which there are many. Matt Hill has one distinctive voice, he’s set The Folded Man in an image of Britain around the corner from here...The events, the people, the life and the living it are so relatable the reader breathes in the smoke from the fires, and touches the fear of the characters burning inside. Brian is disabled and a bit of a mermaid, of sorts. He has his addictions; he wants to be left alone to rot; but then in this place nobody seems to get what they want. Simply put, The Folded Man is a must read. A put whatever book you are reading down and start reading this book instead book. ...more
The way to tell if a book is a work of near genius is to note if people take a stance against the book to define who they are to side with other peoplThe way to tell if a book is a work of near genius is to note if people take a stance against the book to define who they are to side with other people defining who they are by hating the book.
There is true greatness within these pages. Moments of genius.
Atomised is a spiralling staircase into the thinkings of man. Brutal, hilarious.
One or two star reviews have taken Atomised to a 3.74 star rating (at the time of writing this review) which is merely proof that in any society, the majority of people are idiots.
Probably, maybe, the best book I have ever read.
Probably, maybe, one of the best books I ever will....more
I've been reading this book for about 24 years. I can no longer take it back to the library I loaned it out from, because the library has become a cinI've been reading this book for about 24 years. I can no longer take it back to the library I loaned it out from, because the library has become a cinema. That cinema was knocked down 5 years ago and made into a Blockbuster Video. Last year that Blockbuster Video was knocked down and made into a Starbucks. So, I've just left the book on the shelf in Starbucks. If Starbucks ever release a coffee that takes 26 years to drink, this could well yet become the perfect book.
Is this book good? Well, in parts. Is it intelligent? In parts. Is it beautiful? In parts. Does the author occasionally throw in the best metaphor I have read? In places, yes. But, the problem is, the book is so massive and long, the stars are lost to the galaxy. The moments of greatness that are in this book, are too far apart for it to have the great impact its reputation claims it will have on the reader.
There is brilliance, yes. But there are also chapters that go on and on where agents are talking film rights and, well, these parts made me want to put my head into the arse of a horse. I am sure they were factual, but they did nothing for the pace of the book.
I feel like the author was unsure whether to write a book or a newspaper article, and landed nowhere.
A good book, yes. One of the great books of all time? Not in my opinion. ...more