has ratings and reviews. Paul said: This was tedious postmodern whatever who cares experimental crap of the worst gh I would l. is one of those books that ought to be gimmicky but isn’t. It’s descriptions of people on a London underground train, all described. [Geoff Ryman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A cult classic in the making. is the novel about everyone you’ve ever met and.
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I then slightly obsessed about it to the point that TCO bought it me as a surprise. Living in London for as long as I have over a decade I am still discovering new parts of it, have become rather obsessed in geiff parts of its history and have begun recently to want to read more books about it and its people, even if they are fictional.
In London you cannot really avoid the underground, ok you can but you know what I mean, and getting on the underground means that you surround yourself with other people daily. What Ryman does which only ryma the book all the gyman clever is that on the train are people who know each other and so as the book goes you get additional twists to certain tales you have already seen.
Coincidence and fate do seem to be a theme in the book the whole way through. Reading on the Bakerloo Line. I would read about a carriage of characters or just one or two between other things because if you read it in one go or maybe it was the only book you read for a week I think the charm could wear off and that would be a real shame as this book is brilliant.
Online it showed similarities between these strangers and in book form it does show you the major differences. A book that will: I think this will become a cult classic.
The Maintenance of Headway by Magnus Mills — if you like reading about big cities and the people who work in them then this comic tale of bus drivers and their depot should just do the trick. Have you ever heard about a book on the radio, TV or via a podcast and needed to read it pretty much there and then? Was it as good as you hoped? I do love London, and I actually am awfully fond of the Underground.
This is a great book and is very much about the underground and unlike Tobias Geotf novel which had me very excited and then very dissapointed, this book is as good as you would hope. I commute on the tube everyday, so maybe this will uplift my hellish teoff during rush hour just a little. Hahaha rymsn definitely good for commuting as each page is a tale so you can read it in bursts, in fact bursts is probably the best way to read this novel IMHO.
I read and loved Anthropology based on your recommendation, so will give a chance. I am not sure what the deal with the reissue of the heoff and where has it yet.
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I did have a moment though. Lust is pretty outrageous — unforgettably funny and erotic, and stuff about locating the gravity of the soul, too.
My absolute all-time favourite that I recommend to everybody is The Child Garden. I have been looking forward to reading Was for nearly a decade — a friend of mine told me it was very, very sad.
I will have to look up Lust and The Child Garden, how exciting to find an author with so many more great books to try! Glad you liked it Eva, and no one will believe this but it was chance, I had forgotten I had to get that line. I read several years ago, and remember being pleasantly surprised that there was an rymxn story arc to the individual vignettes that really made it work. Another Rryman book you might like to check out was Bleeding London by Geoff Nicholson in which a chap sets out to find people by walking through the A-Z.
That was what impressed me to Annabel, I thought the fact you had mini stories, then mini stories that interlinked and then an overall story was very clever.
I would recommend this for a re-read, I think its one I will go back to one day, and maybe more, in the future.
I think the cover is brilliant, its another part of the whole thing that made me want to read it. The premise, the format, everything about this book intrigues me. This is the first I have heard of this book, but I am totally intrigued by the premise. I hope my library is able to find a copy for me! I bought this book many years ago when it was first published and it has sat gathering dust on my shelves ever since. Having read your review I am inclined to dig it out and give rymman a go.
I think what has put me off it so far was that I thought it was loads of short stories but now that you mention that they are interlinked I feel better about giving it a go.
They are interlinked, I wouldnt read it all at once though as so many characters and soo many stories could be detremental to if you are after a quick few sittings read, and this is a book that should be savoured and loved.
This does sound fascinating. It combines three of my great loves: The first time I visited a major city as a child, Yrman was struck by the crowds of people and wondered about all their individual stories. You are commenting using your WordPress.
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