Ludmila's Broken English
I really enjoyed this story because it plays its hand close to its chest. It keeps you speculating about what odd tidbits mean and how they'll come into play, and they never come in the way you expect them to. The slow revelation of character ...more
Booker Prize?? THIS?? Christ, the dialogue sounds like a constant drunken row between wasted old men in an Irish pub, and the plot sounds like something a drunk Irish guy dreamt up in some perverse dream while he spent the night sleeping it off in a ditch.
Making such a pat judgement about Ludmila's Broken English is harder, simply because it's obviously the less focussed of the two bo ...more
Two formerly conjoined twins are pushed out of their Government funded home during a crisis, and struggle to live any kind of remotely normal life... way over in a Russian republic Ludmila seeks a new life after an attempted rape by her grandfather spurs her towards change, well that and an ever nearing civil war! This book is about th ...more
История развивается в двух локациях, Англии и одной из кавказских республик России, просто господи, я не буду эти выдуманные австралийцем "русские" названия. Выросшие в тепличных условиях в английском пансионате сиамские близнецы, разделённые в возрасте за 30, "отрываются", первый раз оказавшись на свободе от пансионата и как бы друг друга. В это время под тенистыми кустами клюквы в ...more
I certainly haven’t given up on DBC Pierre but I’ll give it a while before the next one.
I spent the first half of the book having not much idea of what was going on. The plot made no sense, and there are so many threads left unexplained. And the ‘twist’ at the end? What was even the point?
If you want to read DBC Pierre, go read Vernon God Little and Lights Out in Wonderland. Then leave it there.
"Nothing more really happened until the spring before last – that dark, close spring – when the newly privatised health service decided Bunny was leeching resources from his brother. This parasitism ...more
The dialogue initially was a turn off - stilted and high faluting, being used to explain plot and rendering the characters as cardboard cut-outs. Giving DBC Pierre the benefit of the doubt, because he certainly delivered with "Vernon God Little," I persisted and kept reading. After the first 100 pages, I saw where he was going. Two story lines were h ...more
A thick wall divides those that admire DBC Pierre's headlong linguistic energy from those who still seem offended that his first novel, Vernon God Little, won the MAN Booker and Whitbread prizes. Supporters find a sinister intelligence at work in the alternating narratives of the Heath twins and Ludmila, written "by an author who almost diabolically misleads his readers" (Los Angeles Times). That's meant as a compliment, but it lends support to the detractors who complain of conceits that don't...more
I didn't like any of the characters. The first time we meet Ludmilla she is being raped by her grandfather who she manages to kill. Te family were all vile and I really thought they deserved to be starving as they really didn't seem to be trying to do anything useful with their lives. They could afford vodka ...more
I got a bit sick of the same interractions b ...more
The plot (as it is) centres on a recently separated pair of Siamese twin men who have institutionalised since birth, forced out of Albion nursing home by NHS privatisation. The fact that they are called Blair & Gordon invites political allegory, which I could not quite find.
The plot intertwines with ...more
Pierre was awarded the Booker Prize for fiction on 14 October 2003 for his novel Vernon God Little.
He is the third Australian to be so honoured, although he has ...more