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SLOW CHOCOLATE AUTOPSY Hardcover – Import, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix House; First Edition edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861590873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861590879
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,040,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Iain Sinclair takes the reader on a dream like trip through the dark corners of the city. The main character; Norton, reveals the underbelly of London with the help of some twisted compatriots. Dave Mckean provides intense illustrations to help reinforce Sinclair's dark prose. Truly worth a read.
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This book was recommended to me and I have to admit that I really enjoyed it. It was VERY different, so be ready for a weird read.
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This is a book like no other. It can be challenging to read and difficult to describe. Precisely why I thoroughly enjoyed it!

"Slow Chocolate Autopsy" is a collection of twelve short stories concerning the enigmatic Norton. Known as "The Prisoner of London", he is trapped within the space of the London city limits, but not in time. However, those hoping for an adventure similar to those of that other famous British time traveler (Who?) may be disappointed.

Norton doesn't move through time so much as just appear at pivotal points of London history.

Iain Sinclair never states outright what's happening. He relies heavily on historical reference and local slang to convey his settings. Dropping tight bursts of staccato clues, he lets the reader puzzle it out. But regardless of whether it's the 70's or the 1700's, Norton is there.

People will either enjoy Sinclair's writing style or find it inaccessible. He frequently interchanges metaphor with imagery and it's difficult to determine when the switch occurs. The prose is minimalist and truncated so this is not a book one can scan. Hugely important detail can be missed if every word is not carefully read.

Yet it's that sheer efficiency I appreciated the most. Where other authors might use sweeping descriptive paragraphs, Sinclair can convey the same mood, tone and imagery in a single well-crafted sentence.

Four of the stories are mini graphic novels drawn by Dave McKean (of "Batman: Arkham Asylum" fame). His strange collage of impressionist drawings over distorted photos compliment Sinclair's tone beautifully.

Overall, I found this books to be almost like a Zen koan...seemingly incomprehensible at first, but more revealing with subsequent reads and contemplation.

It's not for everyone, but anyone willing to take the risk will be taken on a trippy, mind-bending journey.

Oh...and yes. The title is explained in one of the stories.
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