Thursday, 5 May 2011

What is this all about?

Welcome to 'a riotous oil-painting'.

You know those quotes you read on the back of books from various reviewers that tell you this book is the most awesome book you'll ever read. Then you read the book and wonder if it's the same book the reviewer read.

That feeling of mystification is what we want to capture in this blog. By 'we' I mean members of my book group in Cardiff, Wales. They'll all be blogging too, so keep an eye out for them. All the blurbs immortalised  on here will be from books we've actually read, so we'll offer our verdicts too...

The blog title comes from one of my favourite hyperbolic blurbs of all time.

The book: Marina Lewycka's debut novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

The quote: "Thought-provoking, uproariously funny, a comic feat. A riotous oil-painting of senility, lust and greed."

The reviewer: The Economist (no name - the shame!)

The verdict: It has a few funny moments. But I wouldn't use the word 'riotous'.

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