Michael Frayn - Skios
Released: 03/05/2012 Faber & FaberAs his plays run in London and Sheffield, it would be easy to allow the much-loved humorist's theatrical accomplishments to overshadow his literature this year. Frayn's new novel should set the balance right, however. When two very different men both claim to be Dr Norman Wilfred, misadventure ensues on a Greek island. For more information visit: http://www.faber.co.uk/work/skios/9780571281411/ Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0571281419/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=cul…
The Scotsman“A wonderfully diverting entertainment...” It is all riotously silly; the characters are broadly caricatures. Frayn, however, marshals every strand and player with seamless adroitness and winds the “great gear-chain of cause and effect” mercilessly...
Publishers Weekly“A wacky case of mistaken identity...” The novel is a lacerating satire, with characters propelled by equal parts accident and self-interest in a world in which academic and political luminaries are as vapid as the fraud they fawn over...
The Independent“Readers will need a heart of Attic marble not to laugh along...” As always in Frayn's philosophical comedies, the alarms and excursions of a breakneck intrigue drive everyday reality to its logical – and illogical – conclusions...
The Telegraph“Closer to one of his stage farces...” I refuse to accept that Frayn has produced something below par here. That he’s incapable of writing a line that isn’t beautifully cadenced certainly does no harm to his case. Like Oliver Fox, he’s a slick operator...
Guardian“Skios resembles a straight theatrical farce...” It is not, it has to be said, an entirely successful experiment. It lands Frayn with characters who are genre-bound and tinny: bland romantic leads supported by by-the-numbers comic foreigners. They seem to want actors to flesh them out...
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