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William's life is beset with frustration: his band turns his melodic songs into grotesque parodies of Status Quo, and cool Madelaine dangles out of reach. Things could hardly get worse, it seems - until he becomes the only witness to a bizarre murder. "A very clever, very funny book ...Brilliant" - "Sunday Times". "Like a Hitchcock movie on drugs ...a novel of considerable ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Penguin Books (first published 1990)
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Anna
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο αυτό το πήρα από τη δανειστική βιβλιοθήκη για τους εξής λόγους:
- Πολλοί από εσάς είχατε ενθουσιαστεί με το καινούριο βιβλίο του Κόου, οπότε ήθελα κι εγώ να δω τι το ιδιαίτερο έχει αυτός ο Κόου που τόσο αγαπάτε
- Επειδή το μπάτζετ είναι μειωμένο, θα διάβαζα ένα παλιότερο βιβλίο του Κόου (δεν αγοράζω εξάλλου αν δεν είμαι σίγουρη για το βιβλίο)
- Επειδή πήγα απροετοίμαστη για Κόου δεν ήξερα ποια βιβλία θεωρούνται τα καλύτερά του
- Επειδή έχω μαζέψει πολλά βιβλία για διάβασμα, διάλεξα το μικρ
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Auguste
A delightful roller coaster of a book, thoroughly enjoyable despite its utter lack of substance.
Maria João Fernandes
William vive num bairro social londrino, tem uma namorada há seis meses que não vai para a cama com ele, trabalha numa loja de discos deprimente e é teclista de uma banda que nem concertos ao vivo consegue arranjar.

Jonathan Coe escreve um drama de um jovem adulto insatisfeito, cujas acções do dia-a-dia são seguidas de perto e, cuidadosamente, analisadas. Os detalhes da sua vida são expostos como se fossem provas de um crime que nos conduzem às inevitáveis consequências das suas acções. William é
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Tatyana
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Вообще мимо :(
Sophie Bane
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I start with this review, I should declare an interest. I love Jonathan Coe. Not in any kind of personal way, I’ve never met the man, but I love his work. To an obsessive level. I’m fairly sure my writing tutor got sick of reading ‘Why I Write’ style essays when I name him as an influence (which is cheeky in itself, I really shouldn’t have the nerve to mention him in the same sentence as my writing).

Anyway, all of that makes it somewhat surprising that I’ve never read this book before. It
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T4ncr3d1
Adorabilissimo.
La tentazione, di fronte a romanzetti striminziti, è sempre quella di abbassare il voto di un punto, come a voler manifestare lo scontento per una pretesa di sostanza da quel che rimane un raccontino, sì, ma non per questo meno godibile.
E' esattamente il caso di questo romanzo di Coe, il terzo nella sua produzione letteraria, che si presenta come un assaggio di quel che sono stati i suoi romanzi successivi, il trittico sugli anni Settanta, Ottanta e Novanta e il celebre La casa de
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Roberta
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: tutto-coe
Britons love music. William is a pretty decent keyboard player, stuck with a debatable band. He met Madelaine while playing solo and fell in love with her, but her appreciation for Andrew Lloyd Webber is the starting point for their breakup.
I didn't like Madelaine, I didn't understand her. She seems spoiled somehow (the rich kid for a Pulp song who want to experiment with common people) and she doesn't love him at all. He, on the other hand, is not better. A little too lost in his own world, mad
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Mary  Goodnight
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le meilleur des premiers Coe. Si la femme de hasard et Une touche d'amour se faisaient un peu trop écho, ce troisième roman de l'auteur britannique jette les bases de ce qui fait le charme de ses opus suivants : des personnages a priori normaux vaincus par le hasard, spectateurs de leur chute et que leurs décisions - toujours mauvaises - finissent par achever. Les nains du titre ne sont qu'un prétexte pour raconter les échecs d'un jeune musicien intelligent, talentueux, mais entouré de loosers q ...more
Giovanni Faga
Un libro piccolo, anche dal punto di vista narrativo. Dovrebbe essere il terzo romanzo di Coe, pubblicato nel 1990. Siamo lontani da "La casa del sonno", sia per ambizione che per stile. Il protagonista, William, e' un giovane musicista alle prese con un percorso di formazione personale, e Coe usa un omicidio come pretesto per raccontarci l'inadeguatezza e la difficolta' di trovare una strada post-adolescenziale.
Ho trovato l'epilogo poco avvincente, e le "coincidenze" sono troppe e a mio avviso
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Cristina
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Per fortuna ho iniziato a leggere Coe senza seguire l'ordine cronologico delle sue opere, altrimenti tra Questa notte mi ha aperto gli occhi e Donna per caso mi sarei rifiutata di leggere altro. Faccio fatica a pensare che sia lo stesso autore della Banda dei brocchi o La famiglia Winshaw. Un libro senza senso, con continui (e inutili) riferimenti musicali, con un finale pessimo.
Giovanni
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sì, chi è Jonathan Coe? È uno scrittore che è nato a Birminghan nel 1961, si è laureato a Cambridge e a Warwick, e vive a Londra.

Ho comprato il suo romanzo “Questa notte mi ha aperto gli occhi” e l’ho trovato interessante. Passaggi fluidi narrati a ritmo di musica, scorrevoli, semplici e con una storia di una band. Adoro le storie che parlano di musica, poi Jonathan Coe ha saputo narrarla per bene. Mi fa piacere recensire questo libro, anche se non sono un critico letterario. Mi ha colpito la tr
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Sóley
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edel e-book, deutsche Ausgabe
Das Buch spielt Ende der 80er Jahre im Arbeiter- und Künstlermilieu.
Es beginnt mit einem brutalen Mord, den der Hauptprotagonist und Ich-Erzähler nach der Verkettung verschiedener Geschehnisse beobachtet.
Im Anschluss an das einleitende Kapitel berichtet er, wie es zu diesem Abend kam und erzählt dann am Ende was danach passierte.
Hierbei spricht er den Leser direkt an, als würde er es einem Zuhörer erzählen.
Man taucht tief in die Gedanken- und Gefühlswelt des Musikers
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Simeon
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyable read.
Christine Goudroupi
Σύγγνωμη Τζόναθαν αλλά έχω διαβάσει τη Λέσχη των Τιποτένιων και το Σπίτι του Ύπνου και τώρα αυτό ας πούμε μου φάνηκε μέτριο. 2.5 αστεράκια, και το μισό υπέρ του Coe.
PollyDirtyWings
Avrebbe potuto essere meglio. Un libro che tenta di arrivare da qualche parte ma si perde per strada. Qualcosa di incompiuto.
David Proffitt
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
When a budding young musician finds himself the sole witness of a particularly brutal murder, he does the one thing any self-respecting, mixed up young man would do - he runs away. Fast. In a rather refreshing alternative to the more typical gung-ho amateur sleuthing that you often find in crime novels, William has no intention of trying to solve the crime, although it soon becomes clear that he is being drawn into something beyond his control.

For most of the book, William tells his own story, s
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Nicolas Chinardet
As you might expect from the title, this books gets a little dark, but because it is by Coe, there is also a lightness and a depth to it that you might not expect.

William is a not very mature loser, not the most sympathetic of characters, but the 200 pages you spend in his company are gripping enough to keep you going till the end. And this is in my few the point where the book shows its weakness.

To me the ending is tied up a little too quickly and in not enough details. Although it is possibl
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Alison Kennedy
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I absolutely loved the House of Sleep so I approached this Jonathan Coe novel eagerly. I was so disappointed. William is dull and weak, his relationship with Madeleine was boring and dragged on and on. Even the weird event with the murder didn’t do much to liven up the book. I get the feeling that I should have been on edge wondering why the murder had happened and who had done it. However, I just didn’t care. I have another Jonathan Coe lined up to read soon and I hope it is more House of Sleep ...more
Polina Fedorova
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That is my first Coe book, and I can’t say whether it’s a good experience so far. I felt like I’ve missed something. The plot is developing so uneven, the end of it feels like a slap in the face after a long nice date.
Agnese
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro che fa capire quanto Coe sappia il fatto suo anche in materia di musica. Un alternarsi di colpi di scena, con un finale sospeso.
Andy
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick, enjoyable read with some funny one-liners. Lightsome...
Dantanian
I would say I reallllly liked it, but have just remembered I read it a year ago and can barely remember it! So a good read - but maybe not one that touches the sides!
Asya Morozova
Очередная попытка подружиться с Коу. И снова мимо.
Renaud Germain
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB_zd...
(Jonathan Coe à la Sorbonne)
Erica
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parte di un bene di un bene di un bene, continua bene, si sviluppa bene, alcune parti esilaranti, alcuni pensieri intelligenti, insomma: Coe.
E poi puff. Si sgonfia. Come una torta se apri il forno troppo presto.
Oh che delusione, Jonathan.
Se non avessi letto prima La casa del sonno o La pioggia prima che cada, ti avrei valutato uno scrittore mediocre.
Brividi.

Ps. Bello il saggio introduttivo. ORRIBILE il racconto finale.
Suni
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1990s, ed-feltrinelli, uk
Terzo romanzo di Coe (del '90, uscito quindi a un solo anno di distanza dal precedente "L'amore non guasta") e terzo romanzo di Coe che leggo.
Ebbene, stavolta non sono soddisfatta.
Per carità, non mi ha fatto schifo, anzi: a tratti è spassosissimo e l'autore ha un modo di scrivere e di descrivere pensieri e sensazioni che mi lascia sempre piacevolmente stupefatta.
Però alcune cose stonano e sono stonature pesanti.
Uso un termine legato alla musica non a caso, infatti in questo libro la musica è u
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Nereia
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un solo rumore forte rende il silenzio che ci circonda ancora più assoluto.

Questo romanzo rappresenta un piccolo gioiellino della giovinezza di Coe, è infatti il terzo della sua lunga carriera di scrittore, pubblicato in Inghilterra nel 1990 con il titolo "The Dwarves of Death", decisamente più azzeccato del titolo scelto dalla traduzione italiana.
E' la storia di un normalissimo maschio beta, un ragazzo di ventitrè anni che non ha nulla in comune con il classico eroe del romanzo contemporaneo: n
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Kairi
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coup-de-coeur, music
If reading feels like travelling, reading Jonathan Coe feels like coming back home. Warm, comforting and reassuring in a way or another, and that’s what I felt once again all throughout the book. It’s a love story (but not quite), a thriller (but not only) and a mystery (in more than one way) where - as always when it comes down to Jonathan Coe - every character feels like a living person that you expect walking right in front of you any minute, and even the one character that’s supposed to be f ...more
Lorenzo Berardi
When Jonathan Coe was a young novelist still undecided between biographies and novels he has written this strange book.

At that time Coe was clearly fascinated by The Smiths records, in fact all the chapters of The Dwarves of Death take their name from a Morrissey & co. song. Not to mention the italian translation of this book "Questa notte mi ha aperto gli occhi" which means "This night has opened my eyes"...

Uhmmmm.
What about the novel? It speaks about copycat killings in London. It shows a
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
Adorabilissimo.
La tentazione, di fronte a romanzetti striminziti, è sempre quella di abbassare il voto di un punto, come a voler manifestare lo scontento per una pretesa di sostanza da quel che rimane un raccontino, sì, ma non per questo meno godibile.
E' esattamente il caso di questo romanzo di Coe, il terzo nella sua produzione letteraria, che si presenta come un assaggio di quel che sono stati i suoi romanzi successivi, il trittico sugli anni Settanta, Ottanta e Novanta e il celebre La casa de
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