- Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date:
- 03 March 2011
- Modern & Contemporary
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I enjoyed this book immensely. Things I like about it:-The way that everything about it is new, fresh, and original. The characters, the plot, the way it unfolds, everything is interesting.-The dialogue is witty and concise. The descriptive writing is clever and subtly humorous.-The shocking, grotesque, and "naughty" elements in the plot that keep it unexpected and engaging. I've long believed that some of the best reading happens when there is an element of the forbidden involved.The only times that I found my interest flagging were during some of the political bits about the war situation, etc., but I don't think it was unneccessary. On the whole, I feel that this book is a rousing success, and I agree with all of the blurbs on the jacket, especially the one from Time Out:"Witty, erudite...articulate and original...often gobsmackingly smutty."
A strange little book, two stories, two different timelines, connected by coincidence: one story tells of Fishy, named so because of his affliction, trimethylaminuria, which makes him stink of fish. He finds Nazi memorabilia for paying costumers. One day he stumbles across a dead body and in the flat of said corpse he finds a letter from Adolf Hitler to a Doctor Erskine. The second story is the story of Erskine and a Jewish boxer - and slowly those two stories connect. The prose is easy to read, but not simple, and the story grabs you and draws you into the strange world we are offered here.
This is an extremely interesting premise. It's a mystery where the detective suffers from severe body odor. And when I say severe, I do mean severe. It was a hard premise to get into at first, fortunately the extremely good writing made it a lot easier. A very interesting read. Strongly recommended for those looking for a twist on the deceptive genre
A likeable book, even if a crucial character (our titular boxer) is one of the most relentlessly unlikeable people I can recall reading about. Clever, charming, strange, funny and dark. What more can you want from a first novel - or any novel, for that matter?
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