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Shuttlecock (Vintage International) by [Swift, Graham]
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"An astonishing study of forms of guilt, laced with a thread of detection--and outrageous humor." -The Sunday Times (London)

"A world that is half Kafka, half Orwell--joined on a cord of elegant, tough, swift writing." -San Francisco Examiner


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Prentis, the narrator of this nightmarish novel, catalogs "dead crimes" for a branch of the London Police Department and suspects that he is going crazy. His files keep vanishing. His boss subjects him to cryptic taunts. His family despises him. And as Prentis desperately tries to hold on to the scraps of his sanity, he uncovers a conspiracy of blackmail and betrayal that extends from his department and into the buried past of his father, a war hero code-named "Shuttlecock"--and, lately, a resident of a hospital for the insane.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3040 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0679739335
  • Publisher: Vintage (September 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00957T5L4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Following Graham Swift's well-deserved successes with Waterland & Last Orders, I'm amazed this book remains virtually unknown. It is one of my all-time favourites, repaying multiple readings.
It works on several levels - as a straight thriller (is the narrator really paranoid? is Quinn insane? what's the truth about Prentice Snr, a mute inmate in a mental hospital), as a wonderfully vivid decriptive novel (Wimbledon, the London underground & Eastern France are all brought to life magnificently), a terrific gallery of characters, a study on family relations, guilt and expectations ... I could go on.
My advice: buy it, read it & pass it on to your friends.
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For the past 40 years or so I have been looking for what I regard, the perfect book. This is it. I found it on my shelf, of all places. It had been sitting there for years ignored and overlooked for the more preferable reads, the bigger-better authors who garner the biggerst audience. Swift is magic. His main character, Prentis, is as I would draw him, ignomatic, real, diabolical. The book has a lurid, eeire feel to it, not creepy, but weird, the way I like it. Easy to follow but not shallow by any means. Anyone who becomes bored by reading Swift is a moron. There is a pile of substance between those simple lines, it just takes a littel intellect to find it.
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This is a beginning entry of one of one of the great British modern writers. Everything he has written has been a joy to read. His writing is transporting. He ranks among the best in all the world. Anything he writes is something one should not miss.
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For the past 40 years or so I have been looking for what I regard, the perfect book. This is it. I found it on my shelf, of all places. It had been sitting there for years ignored and overlooked for the more preferable reads, the bigger-better authors who garner the biggerst audience. Swift is magic. His main character, Prentis, is as I would draw him, ignomatic, real, diabolical. The book has a lurid, eeire feel to it, not creepy, but weird, the way I like it. Easy to follow but not shallow by any means. Anyone who becomes bored by reading Swift is a moron. There is a pile of substance between those simple lines, it just takes a littel intellect to find it.
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Are we even reading the same book? My son's Comp I class was assigned this book, and I tried to read it but didn't get past the first 100 pages. The main character is flat and boring, and he seems intent on sharing his every dull thought. I found this a disappointment and don't think it was a very good choice for a freshman lit class either.
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