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The Song of Lunch Paperback – April 24, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: CB Editions (April 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956107303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956107305
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 7.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,639,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christopher Reid is the author of a number of books of poems, including A Scattering (winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award) and The Song of Lunch (both 2009). From 1991 to 1999 he was Poetry Editor at Faber and Faber, and worked with Ted Hughes on such books as Tales from Ovid and Birthday Letters. He is now a freelance writer and lives in London. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benoit d'Arcourt on May 12, 2013
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Here as in "Nonsense", the story does not amount to much: a literary editor and small poet has a lunch date with an ex-lover in an Italian restaurant he used to like. As the meal proceeds and the bottle of wine empties to be replaced by another and topped by a grappa, the conversation peters out, and all that is left is disenchantment, first with the restaurant, then with the food, and subsequently with the ex and her understanding (misunderstanding ?) of his (small volume of) poetry. He winds up drunk, flees to the loo and thence to the upper floors of the building, and when he returns the ex and all customers are gone. Only Massimo, the onetime owner of the restaurant, is left, as an ageing (not to say decrepit) vestige of the past, not unlike the life and love he unsuccessfully attempted to revive.

The story is broken up into scenes, each of them a poem of one or two pages, in which Reid carefully observes, and describes what goes on inside and outside his character. The charm of the book lies in the sheer beauty of the text, the mastery of rhythm, sound, and lexical choice, whether descriptive or metaphorical, which achieves maximum suggestiveness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sharon hallman on June 23, 2013
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People who enjoy excellent writing should read this. A MASTERPIECE. Put this on Your bookshelf bookshyou will not regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SoleProprietor on May 24, 2013
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A beautiful illustration of grief over lost loves and the harsh awakening to the end of a fantasy. This brings lyricism to the reality of loss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michi on January 27, 2013
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Definitely worth a watch ... thoughtful interpretation of the Reid's original text...Rickman is perfect as the sad, suffering ex-lover/ writer...not a challenging role for Thompson, but she is a good choice for this character...
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