‘Reading Alden I get the same feeling I get when I first started reading John Porcellino all those years ago’ – It Never Happened Again by Sam Alden

‘It Never Happened Again is my first experience of Alden but it’s sent me off searching for more and there is a lot available online, enough to make you see how interesting Alden is. Reading Alden I get the same feeling I get when I first started reading John Porcellino all those years ago. Which is to say, you can glimpse the potential in a writer to do something really interesting. You can glimpse (and hope) that here is a writer that you may well be following assiduously in the years to come.’

Posted at 6:23 am on July 22, 2014 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Review | Continue reading

‘What must it be like to be the target, to be the eye of that whirlwind’ – Twilight of the Eastern Gods by Ismail Kadare

‘It is a novel that displays a young man’s dismay at the idiocy of the older generation, the teachers at the Gorky Institute are eminent writers who “had been publishing trilogies for forty years”. Throughout the novel are flashes of wit that bring to mind Kingsley Amis and Lucky Jim, it shares Jim Dixon’s silent resistance of frustrated creativity against the staid conformism of his elders. Evoking the tedium experienced by students as they wait for their life to begin. Kadare captures their ambition and fear of the future’ – James Doyle reviews Ismail Kadare’s Twilight of the Eastern Gods

Posted at 4:39 am on July 21, 2014 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Review | Continue reading

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