Lurid & Cute

Lurid & Cute

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Description

'I had this vision very clearly of a book in which I would record my total experience, and I knew how it should sound: with all the tones that no one ever admires, - the Gruesome, Tender, Needy, Sleazy, Boring, the Lurid and the Cute.'

In this way the hero of Adam Thirlwell's new novel describes the book you hold between your hands: a delirious tale of backchat and low tricks, all of which begin when our hero wakes beside a woman who is bleeding, unconscious and not, unfortunately, his wife... And then, of course, events get very much worse.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2015

WINNER OF THE E.M. FORSTER AWARD 2015
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 266g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099539845
  • 9780099539841
  • 960,214

Review Text

The narrator of Thirlwell’s latest book may be his best creation yet… The way time works here – pulled and stretched, sped up and sped down – testifies to Thirlwell’s mastery as a storyteller… Impossible to put down
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Reads like a collaboration between Kundera and Murakami to adapt SJ Watson's Before I Go To Sleep or Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl into post-modernist fiction * Guardian * Reading Thirlwell is like going into the happiest, cholesterol-clogged form of literary existence. Whether he's writing about the decline and fall of our civilization or a guy who thinks he's accidentally killed his lover, the prose bounces us into a state of fulfilled happiness and wonder -- Gary Shteyngart * Salon * An extravagantly talented novelist * Evening Standard * The narrator of Thirlwell's latest book may be his best creation yet... The way time works here - pulled and stretched, sped up and sped down - testifies to Thirlwell's mastery as a storyteller... Impossible to put down * New York Times Book Review * A dazzlingly imaginative comic noir * Financial Times *
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About Adam Thirlwell

Adam Thirlwell is the author of two novels, Politics and The Escape; a novella, Kapow!; and a project including an essay-book - which won a Somerset Maugham Award - and a compendium of translations edited for McSweeney's. His work is translated into thirty languages. He has twice been selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists.
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Rating details

192 ratings
2.64 out of 5 stars
5 6% (12)
4 15% (29)
3 31% (60)
2 31% (60)
1 16% (31)
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