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3.08  ·  Rating details ·  64 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
John Conrad arrives at his parents' home, where family and friends are assembling for the bank holiday weekend. But as the guests converge, John's father dies. This novel follows the numb implications of sudden death - the surprise, the shock, the deep fissures in a family exposed through grief; but there is also laughter, fraud and theft.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Atlantic
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Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Title: Today

Author: David Miller

Genre: Family/Drama/Slice of Life

Rating: ****

Review: Today is an epic in miniature, with its 160 pages of breathable prose containing thirty-nine characters. They are detailed in a witty dramatis personae (“Scallywag (‘Scally’), 77 (or perhaps 84), a family pet (canine)”) which also discloses the centre of the book: “JC, 66, a seaman, a writer, a husband and father, a dying man, a corpse.” The story is set on three days (three todays): his last day of l
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Roberta
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Today, di David Miller, è il frutto di un grosso acquisto fatto durante una delle offerte di Amazon sui libri per Kindle in lingua inglese. Non so assolutamente perché l'ho comprato, a dire il vero. Si tratta del resoconto di tre giorni, tre 'today' che ruotano intorno alla morte di Joseph Conrad (sì, lo scrittore): il suo ultimo giorno di vita, il giorno della sua morte, il giorno del suo funerale. Il romanzo è denso di personaggi che ruotano intorno allo scrittore e alla sua famiglia, ma di ne ...more
Susan Kerr
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
David Miller is a local author, Atlantic Books a good press, and I like a slim, literary read so I took a chance on Today. It is most unusual, with short stiff sentences that fit the taut, constrained 1924 social setting. An EM Forster setting, but in comparison Forster flows. Miller is determined to make you puzzle out the many many people, their choppy dialogue, their tangled relationships, their places in this unusual (and it turns out famous) family. I wish he'd written it as a novel two or ...more
Ali Miremadi
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Fascinating for the peripheral Conrad trivia. Also moving portraits of his amanuensis, younger son and Richard Curle. I'm glad I found it - sad that was in Miller's obituary in The Times. He was clearly a great Conradian.
Sandeep Ellawala
My rating is mostly based on the fact that I cannot relate to the story David Miller is trying to tell with his Today. I wish he would have stuck with a fewer number of sub-plots. Of course the life is not as simple as that. But hey, I am reading to experience a version of life that is easier to follow and understand. I thought this would allow me the opportunity to take a peak at a mind struggling to handle grief. Now after reading this I am left with too many questions and I it is kind of unse ...more
M M
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Miller's debut novel is set in 1924 when Joseph Conrad died. His wife is an invalid who faces a life of increasing discomfort and loneliness. His elder son has returned damaged from the Great War and is enraged with his father for being distant, jealous of his younger brother for receiving Conrad's attention, worried about making ends meet for his own young family. The younger boy recalls his father's kindness and cannot imagine a life ahead without the shelter of that love. Conrad's secretary i ...more
CuteBadger
I didn't know anything about this novel when I bought it on a £1 shelf in my local branch of Waterstones, but was glad I'd made the purchase when I saw that it was set in Canterbury where I lived for a few years. I must admit that it took me a while to cotton on to the fact that the family portrayed were that of author Joseph Conrad, but in many ways it doesn't matter who it's about as the narrative looks at the events and emotions following a sudden death - a universal subject.

It's a very short
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Louise
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Tatiana
Forse perchè le mie aspettative erano alte: un libro su Conrad, autore amatissimo, non poteva che
essere un bel libro.
Invece ... il linguaggio vuole essere conradiano, ma non lo è;
i personaggi sono troppi e troppo confusi e la legenda all'inizio non aiuta;
i sentimenti commoventi sì ma un po' banali, il dolore non si sente non si vive non si
percepisce.
Un vero peccato.
Eke
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
There was so much Britishness in it, maybe a bit even too much for me. I only probably liked the idea of this book, what it's purpose was but the concept of it didn't intrigue me at all and that's probably why it sat on my bookshelf for so long.
Magda
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
cold, slow, careful, beautiful as shadows can be
Michael
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
At 155 pages, and with more than 35 characters oscillating around the plot, it was tricky through to follow what everyone was doing from sentence to sentence.

g
Jul 15, 2011 marked it as to-read
Picking up because of this review http://theasylum.wordpress.com/2011/0...
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Today concerns the gathering of friends and family of Joseph Conrad on a bank holiday weekend in 1924. Jessie, Joseph’s wife had recently been discharged from a nursing home. During the weekend, Joseph dies unexpectedly.

Today, it is written by a man who clearly admired Conrad and his work. But Joseph Conrad, as a living character, never appears in Today. Nonetheless, one feels his remote greatness by the way other characters react to him. Today is a short, historical novel (160 pages) about the
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