Sam Thompson - Communion Town: A City in Ten Chapters
Released: 05/07/2012 Fourth EstateFragmented and disparate (as any literary depiction of a city must be) Sam Thompson's Booker long-listed debut comes over like a city symphony film, presenting a metropolis through individual stories. Comparisons to Italo Calvino bode well, and indicate that this dreamlike cityscape has more in common with Ishiguro's The Unconsoled than Joyce's Dubliners. For more information visit: http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/Titles/75016/communion-town-sam-thompson-9780007454761… Buy: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/communion-town,sam-thompson-978000745476… Watch:
The Observer“Thompson's prose is well wrought, at times maybe overwrought...” The danger with this kind of pastiche is that it can become a form of literary homeopathy...While Communion Town sometimes seems willing to acknowledge that danger, it never quite succeeds in overcoming it...
Financial Times“A book that repays the alert reader...” The act of reading is often an act of detective work: weighing signs and symbols, deciphering meaning. Reading Communion Town challenges you to be on the look-out for clues, acutely aware of shifts in the fabric of the city...
The Independent“The title story is transfixing...” While the running thread of the Flaneur character, wandering the streets with ominous purpose, is intriguing, it feels like a cop-out that most of the tales end in fantasy...
Book Bag“Incredibly confident for a debut...” Perhaps this isn't the book for those who like their narratives to have a comfortable beginning, middle and end, but if you enjoy a book that gets under your skin, setting up home there for a while, look no further...
The Telegraph“Playful and compelling first novel...” Thompson puts as much energy into the writing itself, so that we are torn between carrying on and dwelling on phrases that work like little imagist poems...
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