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Top Customer Reviews
Every character in this book struggles with the difference between the self they have carefully constructed to show the world, and their real self. I know, that is hardly an original concept, but this dichotomy viscerally presents itself over and over again in a wide spectrum of guises and a fairly remarkably wide spectrum of characters. People hide under tattoos, agoraphobia, burkas, clerical collars, insanity, alcohol and big aggressive mouths (Ransom and Jen again). These personality traits, or convictions, or diseases or whatever are very convincingly, almost seductively, described. Valentine has not left the house in almost a year and her mental health is not improved locked into the house with her deranged mother.Read more ›
The golf component is really background, the characters interact in the most unexpected ways - tattoos, burkas, pot, palm reading, sexual attractions, sex therapy, cancer, agoraphobia, money, revenge, pregnancy just to name a few. This was such an amazing read and you wont be disappointed provided you aren't expecting to read about golf.
As for the others, we meet a shy bar tender who has survived numerous bouts of cancer, his wife who is a fairly militant priest, a mixed-up young woman trying to look after her dreadful, demented mother and who converts to Islam, a barmaid who plays dumb but seems smart and various and sundry others -- all of whom seem to represent "types" in a kind of Chaucerian way. Their interactions are supposed to be tragicomic but most of the humor seemed to go right by me, Maybe I've been away from Britain for too long and have lost touch with the culture....
I noticed this took when I read Martin Amis' Lionel Asbo: State of England (Vintage International) which I did not much enjoy. He's talking about his vision of country that has abandoned its history and traditions in favor of a kind of faux pop-celebrity culture. That book is more savage than this one but there's a common strand.
Anyway, addressing this review specifically for American readers, I think you need to be quite absorbed in some of the political and cultural disputes and battles roiling Britain right now to make much sense of this. You also have to be prepared to wade through 500 pages plus.
I am a writer and read all genres of fiction. Perversity does not usually offend me and perhaps if the two scenarios were not switching back and forth without any fluidity I might have followed the story. I don't recommend the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What plot? Very uninteresting ramble about. Could not finish reading it.Published 19 months ago by Paul M. Miller
There is little doubt that this book does present more than its fair share of problems for the American reader. Read morePublished on October 28, 2014 by propertius
The Yips is a brilliantly written tale of chance and fate colliding, in Nicola Barkers trademark witty prose. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by Clare Rae
I believe that we love books when they have come to us at the right time. I've tried several times to read this book, and find the style of narrative, which I think is supposed to... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Free Press Advocate
Hard to hold on to the trippy and have a separate life. An explosion, histrionic but reach-out group surrounded by pitch forks of love, lightening and selvesPublished on September 8, 2013 by SoloWry
What's the big deal? Can't believe the stuff that got onto the Booker list last year. Don't bother with it even if you're a keen golfer!Published on August 21, 2013 by S Sills
It seemed to have no point. I obviously missed something. I did not finish the book-boring. Maybe you can find some redeeming qualities.Published on August 14, 2013 by Robert S. Claxton