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Derby Day: A Novel Hardcover – April 1, 2012
“Derby Day will be hard to put down. As ever with Taylor, literary complexities lurk under the smooth surface of a stylish page-turner.”
- Condé Nast Traveler
“Derby Day is a triumphant success. In this unputdownable Victorian romp Taylor enjoyable proves himself to be one of the finest of our 21st-century novelists.”
- Financial Times
“Taylor has written an exceptionally clever 19th-century novel with a richness of character that almost matches his models of Dickens and Thackeray.”
- Sunday Times, London
About the Author
D. J. Taylor’s Orwell won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. His most recent books are Kept; Bright Young People; Ask Alice; and Derby Day, which was nominated for the Booker Prize and was selected as a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.
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I'm so happy to have dicovered Taylor and I'm looking forward to reading his other novels.
For a novel of this size (400 pages) it's a bit thin. None of the characters never really get quite fleshed out in the way that one might like, and some of the characters and subplots don't seem to repay their inclusion.
I think fans of Victorian/period novels will enjoy this.
The character we ended up with was not one where we got into her head, but she was always the one we wanted
to ask:" Are you getting this? who is riding this story?"
I'm not sure why it was a finalist for the Booker Prize. But then I have never understood the appeal of Hillary Mantel's books as the "best" either. It is a rather modest little charming work. The author captures the Victorian tone and does
much by innuendo which makes the reader feel intelligent rather than spelling it all out.
Since one of his favorite writers is Thackeray (he wrote an excellent bio of WMT), and since he's criticized most of his contemporaries as not being equal to the 19th century giants, it follows that he takes his lead from temps perdu.
And he's a great writer. Definitely the only current British novelist worth reading, far superior to the best-selling Martin Amis, a very pale simulacrum of Amis pere.
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I didn't enjoy any of the main characters. Boring read.