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If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things av Jon…
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If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (utgåvan 2003)

av Jon McGregor

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'This novel owes as much to poetry as it does to prose. Its opening, an invocation of the life of the city, is strongly reminiscent of Auden's Night Mail in its hypnotic portrait of industrialised society... An assured debut' Erica Wagner, The Times. On a street in a town in the North of England, ordinary people are going through the motions of their everyday existence - street cricket, barbecues, painting windows... A young man is in love with a neighbour who does not even know his name. An old couple make their way up to the nearby bus stop. But then a terrible event shatters the quiet of the early summer evening. That this remarkable and horrific event is only poignant to those who saw it, not even meriting a mention on the local news, means that those who witness it will be altered for ever. Jon McGregor's first novel brilliantly evokes the histories and lives of the people in the street to build up an unforgettable human panorama. Breathtakingly original, humane and moving, IF NOBODY SPEAKS OF REMARKABLE THINGS is an astonishing debut. 'The work of a burning new talent ... Jon MacGregor writes like a lyrical angel' Daily Mail… (mer)
Medlem:kateotter
Titel:If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
Författare:Jon McGregor
Info:Mariner Books (2003), Paperback, 288 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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The writing style is lovely, but did not really appeal to me personally. I felt impatient as I was reading. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
The story is about one day in the lives of a neighborhood in England. We are at first introduced to that day through what happens in the lives of each of the neighbors. Then the time slips back and back and then forward again, filling in the blanks, letting us know why each person is doing what she is doing.

There is a young woman at the center of the story, and I did come to care a bit more about what happens to her as a result of the incident that affects everyone in the area. However, we don't get to know most of the characters by name. It's as if this could be any neighborhood, any time.

A bit of an adventure in writing and reading, and a way to appreciate what is both remarkable and what is not. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
  KatrinkaV | Dec 2, 2018 |
This was wonderful. The way the plot developed was so inspiring, & very interesting. The writing was so beautiful, poetic & it really captured suburban life. The author takes unremarkable day-to-day thing & makes them remarkable, painting a vivid picture of a small community within a city. The other plotline was also very well dealt with, & I felt very accurate, especially as it was written by a man & the issues were so very much personal to a woman. It did have a slightly fantastical ending, but the rest of the book was so true to normal British life, & the nature of the conclusion so upsetting, that such an ending actually really worked. Definitely one of my favourites. ( )
1 rösta SadieBabie | Jun 23, 2018 |
An ordinary day in a street, with ordinary lives. There are almost no names. It is the woman at number 19, the man painting his windows at number 25, the guy with the pierced eyebrow. You gradually build up an understanding of each of these people. I love the deeply sympathetic portrayal of so many people and their varied lives. I love that the book's structure is not how a book is normally structured. ( )
1 rösta devilish2 | May 28, 2018 |
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'This novel owes as much to poetry as it does to prose. Its opening, an invocation of the life of the city, is strongly reminiscent of Auden's Night Mail in its hypnotic portrait of industrialised society... An assured debut' Erica Wagner, The Times. On a street in a town in the North of England, ordinary people are going through the motions of their everyday existence - street cricket, barbecues, painting windows... A young man is in love with a neighbour who does not even know his name. An old couple make their way up to the nearby bus stop. But then a terrible event shatters the quiet of the early summer evening. That this remarkable and horrific event is only poignant to those who saw it, not even meriting a mention on the local news, means that those who witness it will be altered for ever. Jon McGregor's first novel brilliantly evokes the histories and lives of the people in the street to build up an unforgettable human panorama. Breathtakingly original, humane and moving, IF NOBODY SPEAKS OF REMARKABLE THINGS is an astonishing debut. 'The work of a burning new talent ... Jon MacGregor writes like a lyrical angel' Daily Mail

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