Dining on Stones is Iain Sinclair's sharp, edgy mystery of London and its environs. Andrew Norton, poet, visionary and hack, is handed a mysterious package that sees him quit London and head out along the A13 on an as yet undefined quest.
Holing up in a roadside hotel, unable to make sense of his search, he is haunted by ghosts: of the dead and the not-so dead; demanding wives and ex-wives; East End gangsters; even competing versions of himself.
Shifting from Hackney to Hastings and all places in-between, while dissecting a man's fractured psyche piece by piece, Dining on Stones is a puzzle and a quest - for both writer and reader. "Exhilarating, wonderfully funny, greatly unsettling - Sinclair on top form". (Daily Telegraph). "Prose of almost incantatory power, cut with Chandleresque pithiness". (Sunday Times). "Spectacular: the work of a man with the power to see things as they are, and magnify that vision with a clarity that is at once hallucinatory and forensic". (Independent on Sunday). Iain Sinclair is the author of Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award); Landor's Tower; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; Lights Out for the Territory; Lud Heat; Rodinsky's Room (with Rachel Lichtenstein); Radon Daughters; London Orbital, Dining on Stones, Hackney, that Rose-Red Empire, and Ghost Milk.
He is also the editor of London: City of Disappearances.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 28/04/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141014821
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Review by Fluffyblue
This book took me forever to read, and it's not particularly long - 450 pages. I can't say I didn't enjoy it, because I think I did. It wasn't an easy read and it was very fast paced. Sinclair definitely has a style of his own that you have to get used to. I didn't understand some of the points of the book - where he kept seeing himself, although he didn't know it was him, and the forwards and backwardsness of it at times.It was a rewarding read though, and I'm glad I perservered and didn't give up on it. It was probably a good read when concentration levels aren't that great because it was quite disjointed and I think that was the point of the book, so you could let your brain flow whilst reading it.
Review by olduvai
I'm not entirely sure what to make of it. It was interesting and the writing was pretty brilliant, but I just couldn't sustain the interest. And left it 1/3 in.