With it but overall it is worth a go I happen to ike dark comedy that has some relevance to our society This one is uite sharp in crituing the need many of us have to be seen as magnanimous to our friends We often give than is necessary to confirm our friendships In the case of this narrator it becomes a Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, ludicrous potlatch battle between his ultra rich gay friends and himself and his wifeThe difficult part for me w I thought it started strongost me a A Fairly Honourable Defeat little in the middle but ended well An everyday sort of book that explores how do men prove their masculinity and individual authority in this modern world where they can be rendered feckless by current social standards and cultural s Asks the uestion of is generosity a selfish or selfless act Who gets satisfaction out of a gift A good uick British read had some promisingaughable one iners but the main character is an idiot you might ike it if you re into that sort of thing It took me a Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue little bit to get into it but once I got there I found the book to be very funny and so cynical I m not really familiar with Syd Barrett but that didn t really bother me The ending was a bit dissapointing was kinda hoping for a real dark endingike A Simple Plan or so but nothing The Man Without a Face like this But overall still worth 3 for me My Review So so took me way tooong to read such an easy read not a good sign As far as a novel goes though I did finish it captive audience on a 30 min bus ride morning and night Interesting use of NO uotation marks though I almost felt ike I was a part of the conversationWhat I Learned Keep stories about obsessive compulsive issues to short story style aka The Yellow Wall Paper one of the worst books I ve ever read It s painful to read as Phillip the main character receives gifts from his wifes best friends Barry and Sean and feels the pressure to return gifts that outdo the gift given A power struggle evolves with him turning nasty and ugly and completely irrationalthrown in a few boring charateres. Sful and most worryingly they give great presents Their gifts are always exuisite a full set of Italian crockery a handmade corkscrew from Venice; they give them on birthdays at parties and uite often for no reason whatsoever; and increasingly these presents break all bounds of generosityThey are gifts that hurt a man's pride And they can never be matched Which doesn't mean Phillip won't tr.
I did enjoy this nearly gave it 5 A man attempts to compete with his wife s gay friends gifts and fails miserably It s funny and touching I oved all the Syd Barrett stuff but then I m a fan2003 notebook ovely detail about football and middle class ives and relationships on the periphery of the film industry writing a script falling to pieces with a sinister Syd Barrett fan grating his skin into the salad adding blood to the soup at his anniversary party Very impressed although doesn t sustain it to the end I haven t really got a Threads Of The Shroud lot of good things to say about this bookFather of twins and mildly neurotic the main character Phillip receives gifts from a rich gay couple who are in movies All supporting characters including wife and children are not at all fleshed outHe spends the book mithering about what gifts he should return and his attempts to provide the perfect gift get him into a number of unbelievable scrapesThe book is meant to be a comedy but it failed to make meaugh or giggle even once Its also meant to be a morality play against the dangers of keeping up with the joneses and an insight into the non worries of the modern manIt failed to be entertainingPossibly my All Seated on the Ground least favorite book of the year I thought this could be the book to read Iiked the start and Syd Barrett stuff too but I didin t think that the story were whole and it get osted time to time It could have been better and funnier It was too obsessed and miserable It was not uniue enough where aren t drugs bad marriages and chaeting these days Marcel Mauss in his groundbreaking anthropological classic The Gift showed how reciprocity is not merely an instance of altruism but something which permeates every facet of society Social solidarity particularly in archaic tribal societies was dependent on gift exchange The key insight of the study is applied as a plot device in this novel Flusfeder s novel is based on the fantastic anxiety that emerges when reciprocating a gift It also concern. Phillip has a ot on his mind At home in his unnecessarily Wiring large excessively expensive house he is attempting to become a Taoistmaster ofove with his wife Alice but his uest is forever being interrupted by the reuests of his twin daughters Can we have a pony please; We want to go to boarding school At work in his shedoffice at the bottom of the garden between countless games of Minesweepe.
S itself with the intricacies of value There is no such thing as a free gift generosity can sometimes seem Against All Odds like a personal affront particularly when it is overdone The main protagonist has an existential crisis of sorts when he tries to gradually outdo his friend s gift giving There is a vulnerable masculinity here and it is beautifully played out at times in the first section Flusfeder has a great writing style theack of uotation marks do not discredit or take away anything from the read He also does not shy away from using complicated ideas or phases which shows confidence and assertiveness as a creative writerA plot develops relatively well with Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage lots of imaginative black comedy and uirks There are some good oneiners as well party goer thinks that Phillip is a nose doctor when he says he is interested in sinology There is a sense that the The DOS larger uirks which preoccupy the plot are almost presentational in that they read really well on a blurb but are somewhat disjointed and static when taken in context within the book The novel begins to snowball fast and as a reader it is difficult to stop reading but this momentum sharply declines as the second part begins Up to page 154 I found it very hard to continue reading at points it became immensely dull The novel would read considerably better if sections two and three were reduced and collapsed into one There is aot of filler and entire scenes could be removed without harming the sharpness of the novel The material involved Syd Barrett is definitely enjoyable for fans but it does not develop as I would have hoped Flusfeder does present him as a dunce or someone with severe Aspergers which may or may not be controversial Everything eventually happens in a matter of fact way as though the writer knew he needed to sum up and tie it all together Overall the book begins very well but peters and suffers as the plot expands I can see that there are wildly divergent views on this book I think there are some problems. R and FreeCell Phillip is trying to pay the mortgage by writing the instruction manuals to Korean bread making machines And at parties where he is concerned that he is not taken seriously he is variously mistaken as a waiter and a rhinoplastic surgeon Phillip tells the world he is in fact a screenwriterAbove all Phillip is obsessing about his best friends Barry and Sean They are rich succes.
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