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June 26, 2008

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Nice one. Love reading about what you're reading.

And I would like to know what you think of Hanif Kureishi's Something To Tell You.

I do want to write something about that - eldest son got himself another week off by being unwell, so it's been postponed. I enjoyed it more than Cleaver though.

The Parks book started off with a bang and became over-concentrated in its focus and its subject matter very quickly - we were stuck inside Harry Cleaver's mind for a lot of the time, and it got a wee bit repetitive at times. Quite powerful writing - there's a scene where a piece of fingernail is cut away and a splinter extracted which is admirably executed, as well as some fine Alpine settings throughout. But the end is a bit contrived. Not a patch on most of the Moore I've read, I'm afraid. But then, who is able to match him?

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