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Blue Review: How to Be Both

Posted on November 4, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review, booker short list 2014 |

How to Be Both
How to Be Both by Ali Smith

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a lovely book; warm and funny – but made me feel so lonely and sorrowful.

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Blue Review: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Posted on October 15, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review, booker short list 2014 |

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

Blue Review rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very, very funny – theologically and especially atheistically so. And sort of reminded me of Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 – my favourite book before coming across Catcher in the Rye. Still “I can only suggest the effect it had on me, that is, that the feeling that my life … and the world’s every carefree, winsome hour, were perfectly without meaning.”

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Blue Review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Posted on September 15, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review, booker short list 2014 |

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.

 

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Blue Review: J

Posted on August 15, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review, booker short list 2014 |

J
J by Howard Jacobson

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

A bleak dystopian retro-future effloresces a sinister argument to restore humankind’s requisite ‘equilibrium of hate’ in order to avoid/precipitate WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED happening again – with absolutely magnificent literary wit.

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Blue Review: The Lives of Others

Posted on April 8, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review, booker short list 2014 |

The Lives of Others
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

An arduous read of unrelenting inhuman cruelty – with neither salvation nor redemption at the end.

 

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Blue Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Posted on March 10, 2015. Filed under: Blue Review, booker short list 2014 |

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

 

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Blue Review rating: 4 of 5 stars

Man’s inhumanity to man. Inexorable loneliness. Then you die. (In sh*t).

 

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