Oceane, successful computer graphics designer and former dancer, likes to travel, but doesn't like to go out; in fact she never leaves home.
Her solution is to bring the world to her South London flat using satellite, the internet and passing foreigners.
Her lifestyle suits her until she starts getting letters from an ex - an ex who died ten years ago.
Utilising the services of Audley, failed mercenary and debt collector, Oceane has to start searching the world.
Weaving from the sex clubs of Barcelona to the battlefields of Yugoslavia, this is a meditation on a random world, why ketchup is important and why the Audit Commission rated Lambeth Council as one of the worst in the country.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/08/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099437734
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Review by pandammonia
Another humorous tale from Mr. Fischer. It tells the story of Oceane, agoraphobic ex-dancer, with an obsession for indoor travelling. After receiving a letter from her deceased ex, she hires the likes of Audley, a seemingly unhinged debt collector, to help her in her mission of discovering more of her ex's letters. Weaving in and out of past and present situations, we follow Oceane and Audley in their short journey that has bought them to where they are now.Another tremendously funny, witty novel, with sarcastic undertones, It captures Tibor Fischers unique writing style and hurls it at you full force. The characters are well developed, the story easy to follow and funny. (I especially liked the section in Barcelona while Oceane is working at the sex club.) Definitely a novel for the modern urbanite.
Review by AmberMcWilliams
A glorious romp of a book that I polished off in a couple of days. The subject matter - sex clubs and war zones - is well outside my comfort zone, but handled with such humour and humanity that it is not only bearable but engaging. Recommended.