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Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles
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Mar 06, 2014

it was ok
bookshelves: fradio, published-2012, radio-4, winter-20112012, debut, music, amusing, doo-lally
Recommended for: Laura
Read from January 27 to February 08, 2012

blurb - 'Thanks so much for this; you're a real friend for helping me out. I don't feel comfortable leaving the flat for so long, not with the cats... You'll like it, it's a nice flat.'

When an unnamed writer finds himself entrusted with looking after a disturbingly minimalist apartment in a nameless Mittel European city, he looks forward to a chance to write, relax and recuperate. But all too soon, and all too inevitably, things begin to go wrong. The flat is owned by his old friend, Oskar, a minimalist composer, best known for his piece, 'Variations on Tram Timetables', who turns out to be quite the perfectionist...

Will Wiles' absurdist comic debut is the story of an unlikely friendship between two very different men, of alienation in a foreign city, of the quest for perfection - and of how to take care of wooden floors.

Reader: Bertie Carvel. Bertie Carvel is currently playing Miss Trunchbull in the RSC's production of Roald Dahl's 'Matilda' in the West End. Abridger: Sally Marmion Producer: Justine Willett Original music: Kirsten Morrison.

The beautiful wooden floor didn't have nails, it had a manicure

This story reminds me of the murder of Rizzio where the Holyrood tour guides still tell tourists that the stain on the floor is the life blood of Mary's lover.

2* - Like the titular floor, this story grew old very early; what was amusing to begin with palled amazingly early.

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Reading Progress

01/31/2012 page 1
0.0% "A starkly minimalist flat drives a writer to the edge in Will Wiles' darkly comic tale."
02/01/2012 page 2
1.0% "It's day two in the flat, and time to explore the city. But already there's a wine stain on Oskar's pristine wooden floor."
02/06/2012 page 4
1.0% "After further mishaps in the flat, including a battle with one of the cats, it's time to brave a classical concert."
02/06/2012 page 5
2.0% "The morning after the night before. A night out with one of Oskar's friends results in more mayhem in the now less than pristine flat."
02/08/2012 page 6
2.0% "As the aftermath of the drink-fuelled night out becomes all too apparent, further horrors reveal themselves."
02/08/2012 page 7
2.0% "A desperate attempt to dispose of a body, and an even more desperate attempt to fix the wooden floors. Is it time to come clean to Oskar?"

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