If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things

by Jon McGregor | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0747558337 Global Overview for this book
Registered by chriseb of Reading, Berkshire United Kingdom on 3/9/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by chriseb from Reading, Berkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Okay in parts. The first two chapters seem separate and reminiscent of "Invisible Cities" by Calvino.

The mundanity of casual human relationships are conveyed well, though the lack of any names for the characters is annoying at times.


Journal Entry 2 by chriseb at on Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Released on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 at MEET UP in Cittie of York Pub - High Holborn EC1, England United Kingdom.

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Journal Entry 3 by Julian64 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 4, 2004
A work of great imagination, remarkably mature and confident for a debut novel from someone still in their mid-twenties.

This novel is stylistically daring, crammed with startling metaphors and, at times, very moving. Occasionally, however, the excessive stylisation is a distraction and almost a hindrance.

Several people have commented on the lack of names; in addition, the wayward punctuation is often a distraction which on occasion forced me to reread a sentence to capture its meaning. It's unlikely that a writer of this intelligence and sensitivity simply doesn't know how to punctuate; but if the idiosyncratic punctuation is an attempt to capture the free association of interior monologue, it simply doesn't always work (or at least didn't always work for me).

But these are minor criticisms: overall, this work is a remarkable thing that deserves to be spoken of.

I'm planning to be at the next London meet-up in a week's time (11 May) and intend to release this book back into the wild then.

Journal Entry 4 by londonmet from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Picked up at last night's meet-up.
Was highly recommended and sounds like a worthwhile read - the prose style is very interesting.

Journal Entry 5 by jazz-ee2 from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 4, 2005
Picked up at the BCUK Unconvention. Have heard so many things about this book, and really must experience it for myself. I will then pass it on to a new reading group at work, as an example of local writers (with Jon now living in Nottingham). Thanks, londonmet!

Released 8 yrs ago (5/20/2013 UTC) at Primary Care 24 (PC24) in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I love Jon McGregor's writing and, for me, being local adds another dimension. Having realised just how many books I have had for so long, however, I'm passing it on for someone else to enjoy.

Left on the book shelves at PC24, out of hours GP service. 50p donation per book, all funds raised go to Help for Heroes.

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