Lurid & Cute

Lurid & Cute

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'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.


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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 266g
  • 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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