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hooked on confessions

Advantages: epic and engaging
Disadvantages: some loose ends

..."Make your own rut," he said. "It's the only way..." The New Confessions is written as an autobiography, and tells the story of the life of the fictional John James Todd, born in Scotland in 1899. It charts his childhood, his relationship with his fath ...

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Review of The New Confessions - William Boyd

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A tour de force

Advantages: Great Story, compelling idea
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...I have read about five of Boyd's novels and all have been excellent. He writes in a nice easy style and his novels always centre around one idea. This book centres around fate and the role it plays in our lives. It is written in autobiographical form, ...

KingHerrod 03.08.2000 · Read full review
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Bloody Breadknife

Advantages: brilliantly told
Disadvantages: much too long

Adam Kindred, A British climatologist who’s worked in the USA for some years, comes back to his home country for a job interview. Afterwards he has lunch and a man in the restaurant strikes up a conversation with him. When he leaves, Adam notices that he ...

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Review of Ordinary Thunderstorms - William Boyd

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Spying for King and Country

Advantages: An excellently-written and very readable novel.
Disadvantages: None.

William Boyd is indubitably one of the finest living writers in the English language. Less honoured by awards ceremonies than he should be, and perhaps less self-publicising than some of his near-contemporaries (Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Salman Rushd ...

JoePoirot 08.05.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Waiting for Sunrise - William Boyd

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Perilous Primates

Advantages: good read, fascinating topic
Disadvantages: doesn't appeal to me throughout

...Hope Clearwater, a young English ethologist* is staying in the house she's inherited from her late lover, an Egyptian mercenary pilot, on Brazzaville Beach in the Republic of the Congo taking stock of her eventful life so far. The novel's epigraph is So ...

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Review of Brazzaville Beach - William Boyd

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