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  1. says: EBOOK / PDF [Darkmans] Read & download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Nicola Barker Characters Darkmans

    EBOOK / PDF [Darkmans] I was stunned I was bored I laughed I sighed I was disturbed I was elated I couldn't put it down I dreaded having to pick it up I chortled I grunted I embraced this tome's rogue's gallery I was exasperated by them I was moved I was impatient

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    EBOOK / PDF [Darkmans] Such a great cover too This is what Nicola Barker does Here she's talking about what her character Elen does She's a chiropodist On a good day she was a Superman or a Wonderwomandoggedly fighting foot crime and the causes of foot cri

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    Read & download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Nicola Barker EBOOK / PDF [Darkmans] Nicola Barker ✓ 8 Read & download I want to review Darkmans but I should be researching UK agents so I can submit my own novel to snotty Islington ministers’ daughters—the sort who fall down drooling at The Kite Runner or some such oxplop—in the hope that one day I can

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    Nicola Barker ✓ 8 Read & download EBOOK / PDF [Darkmans] A strange book which can be funny moving thought provoking – as well as frustrating But then it is set in Ashford which is all of those things and less The plot is hard to summarise although as a reader you'll probably be preoccupied with unpicking the Byzantine web of connections which links the cast The nearest thing to a central character is Kane a layabout and amiable drug dealer; he has a strained rela

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    Read & download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Nicola Barker EBOOK / PDF [Darkmans] Nicola Barker ✓ 8 Read & download Anytime I see a book this size I think What was that you had to say that you needed than 800 pages to do it And I

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    Characters Darkmans Read & download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Nicola Barker Nicola Barker ✓ 8 Read & download This is going to sound strange because I imagine most people would think the opposite but I think if Darkmans were 500 pages shorte

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    Read & download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Nicola Barker Nicola Barker ✓ 8 Read & download EBOOK / PDF [Darkmans] Darkmans is funny and interesting though it doesn't become either until almost 300 pages into the 800 page story Barker's style of writing which gives the grammar lover in me nightmares is tough to follow until she tones it down a

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    EBOOK / PDF [Darkmans] Nicola Barker ✓ 8 Read & download Read & download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Nicola Barker What a wonderful book with which to begin the new year Darkmans has been on my radar ever since the book's cover caught my eye four years ago t

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    EBOOK / PDF [Darkmans] Nicola Barker ✓ 8 Read & download Is there a first time for everything This is the first time I've ever given up on a book halfway through At first I thought she was being uirky and setting the scene but I read up to page 405 and nothing had happened yet the characters were neither interesting nor likeable and her style of writing is unbelievably irritating with se

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    EBOOK / PDF [Darkmans] It's about as challenging to describe Nicola Barker's writing style as it is to read it but picture Thomas Pynchon's twisty and chaotic words with an unreliable narrator in terms of depicting the true reality of every moment crossed

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Characters Darkmans Read & download ´ Darkmans 108 Read & download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Nicola Barker If history is just a sick joke then who exactly is telling it and why Could it be John Scogin Edward IV's Such a great cover too This is what Nicola Barker does Here she s talking about what her character Elen does She s a chiropodist On a good day she was a Superman or a Wonderwomandoggedly fighting foot crime and the causes of foot crime usually when all was finally said and done the ill fitting shoe Okay so it was hardly The Riddler or The Penguin but in a serious head to head between a violent encounter with either one of these two comic book baddies and an eight hour minimum wage shift behind the bar of a happening Ashford night spot with a corn the size of a uail s egg throbbing away under the strappy section of your brand new knock off Manolo Blahniks Well it d be a pretty close callElen firmly believed that she was making a difference She was nothing less than an evangelist for the foot She was a passionate devotee She worshipped at the altar of the arch and the heel Sometimes it wasn t easy The foot was hardly the most glamorous of the appendages yer dogs yer plates yer hoofs No one really gave a damn about it although fair s fair the acupuncturists had done a certain amount for the cause and the reflexologists had sexed things up a little but in Elen s view the short fall still fell well pretty damn short The foot had sloppy PR it mouldered uncomplainingly down at the bottom the fundus the depths the nadir of the physiological hegemony It had none of the pizzazz of the hand or the heart The lips The eyes the eyes had it all their own way Even the neck the belly the arse Even the arse had a certain cachet But not the foot The foot had none the foot had Fergie with her lover sprawled on a deckchair in the Cote du Tawdry The foot lived in purdah in cold climes particularly It was hidden away crammed inside sueezedNicola Barker s middle name is ebullient She hammers things into the ground bulldozes steamrollers she overwhelms with a rich rash rush of verbiage throws the kitchen sink in and the neighbour s oh now I M doing it too It s not that hard evidently The tone as you see is mildly humorous almost mildly mocking certainly not serious Very occasionally she is funny as opposed to mildly humorous This book is so mild and desperate for a cuddle So by page 200 she s invented a small cast of mildly caricatured oddballs set in the present day they buy books over the internet and everything and bathed them all in an unstoppable torrential gush of slightly occasionally humorous commentary Also I have been peering through a powerful book telescope but I have yet to distinguish anything which appears to be a plot a story a narrative although a couple of Last Mimzy kids have now hoved into view so maybe it will turn into some kind of tepidly funny science fiction which is the very kind of science fiction I can t say I m much of a fan of Still I ll give it another 200 pagesOne week laterNo I won t and my week ago self can t make me by jumping into a time machine and appearing in front of me with a haughty sneer Nicola Barker finally made me give up by writing a 10 page skit about a dodgy builder which was as deeply unfunny as British comedy unfortunately freuently can be It was dire it was obvious it was as lame as a three legged dog So in the words of many Samuel Beckett characters I can t go on

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Characters Darkmans Read & download ´ Darkmans 108 Read & download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Nicola Barker Ian who kindly wrote Scogin's biography This is a modern tale about two familiar subjects love and jealou What a wonderful book with which to begin the new year Darkmans has been on my radar ever since the book s cover caught my eye four years ago that tongue wagging devil is creepy The book s heft and weirdness intimidated me at first and I filed it away in my mind as a get to when it s time bookThis year it was time and what a time I had with this book The story though small in actual scale is peppered with so many warrens and boltholes and caches that captured me without warning and pulled me into musings and conversations about history language love memory identity lies and the subjective nature of consciousness I love fiction that peddles huge ideas amidst juggling the demands of the story and Barker s novel fits this bill to a TA standout in this novel is the way Barker highlights the subjectivity of the human experience through conflicting character perspectives Many times throughout this novel two characters discussing a similar event end up confusing one another in their differing accounts sometimes they fess up to this muddle and share the subseuent frustration leading to another intriguing conversation and other times one or both characters cover up this confusions with obfuscation and tangential talk which in turn adds yet another yet another issue to a growing pile of them These freuent disconnects were at times funny Gaffar and Beede in the supermarket choice and at times uite sad Elen s family outing is a terribly apt example of a family trying to stick together while things go to shitAnother gem in this novel is Gaffar a Kurdish man who speaks limited English When conversing with people in English his dialog is written in normal text when he speaks in Turkish his dialog is written in bold type Through this device Barker demonstrates how difficult it is for an otherwise elouent person to express themselves in a secondary language The result is both comedic and insightful Gaffar has cutting observations about the things that go on around him yet most people view him as a simple minded being leading them to underestimate his understanding of what s going on Again the supermarket scene comes to mind for its brilliant comedy and word playThis is a big book and Barker tells her story well I do wish that some of the characters had not stepped out of the story in the last third such as Fleet what about his crazy building projects and Gaffar will he always suffer from salad phobia I was also surprised by the increasing distance between the narrative and Elen s perspective though she starts out as a viewpoint character who s thoughts contribute to the story she later becomes of a symbol of attraction for Beede and his son Kane Given how much she suffers in the middle of the story I figured that she too might find some kind of resolution at the endThis is one of those books that wrapped me up in its story and deposited a few ideas that will stick with me for a long time I am so glad that I finally picked this up and gave Barker s work a go and I have no doubt that I will read some of her other novels in fact Goodreads just informed me that this book is third in a Thames Gateway seuence of thematically related books methinks I need to go to the beginning

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Characters Darkmans Read & download ´ Darkmans 108 Read & download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Nicola Barker Court jester whose favourite pastime was to burn people alive Or is it Andrew Boarde Henry VIII's physic This is going to sound strange because I imagine most people would think the opposite but I think if Darkmans were 500 pages shorter aka the length of a normal book I would very likely have hated it The style is maddening in several ways1 Barker has a tendency to over italicize I know this because I worry that I italicize too much and if someone else s italics are bothering me it must be a serious problem I m not kidding Darkmans is like that old newspaper comic Brenda Starr where every emphasis gets bolded Rex I m surprised you re home so early It s as if Barker thinks the reader doesn t understand where people place their emphases when they re talking out loud and needs to be taught2 Also she s crazy about parentheses And again I probably use parentheses too much this review s probably not a great example since aside from this one I m making a conscious effort to avoid them so it s not a good sign that I m saying she uses too many Every other sentence has some snide little parenthetical aside I think they re supposed to be funny but they re usually not so they seem pretty pointless And she s never tempted to get fancy with them eg triple nested parentheses that all end at the same time so you get one of these Which could be either good or bad depending on who you are3 There s also this thing she does that I read described as sort of an alter ego for the narrator or an alternate narrator she leaves a couple lines blank and then there s just a word or phrase in italics It s hard to explain so here s an exampleShe glanced over towards the play area in the corner of the classroom where Fleet was currently sitting and boredly constructing a small neat structure A fort was it out of plastic bricksThe way it reads though it s less a groundbreaking narrative techniue and stream of consciousness narration broken up by carriage returns forwhat reason exactly I like to picture Barker s editor saying You know we could probably take all these blank lines out and knock this sucker down to the next affordable price bracket without losing any actual substance To which Barker apparently says No It s essential that the blank lines stay where they areOther minor gripes include the fact that Barker s changed the rules of attraction for no reason Kane the charming good looking narrator who s at or near the center of the story ignores the only girl who s actually described as pretty in favor of being strangely attracted to two women who seem to be well into middle age Wishful thinking Maybe Also the fact that the book s incomprehensibility is in direct proportion to the presence of anything interesting It s compulsively readable when nothing s happening but as soon as the plot starts to advance it contrives Ulyssean levels of confusion Maybe this is because the main plot hook is a spirit from the past whose motives are uncertain but probably malicious coming to possess some of the main characters and cause what basically amounts to minor mayhem So what is the point then I have no idea That s my last minor gripeBut here s why the book s length works When you run into an annoying stranger in a bar every moment of the encounter is painful and when you finally extricate yourself your main memory of the incident is how bad it was But when you have an annoying roommate things always work out differently Yeah maybe it sucks most of the time but you appreciate the good bits if Annoying Roommate makes a surprisingly good joke it s that much funnier just for coming from him And when he finally moves out you sort of start to miss him Or at least I do And this is how it went with Barker s characters For the first 200 or so pages I was not psyched about finishing the book although I rarely give up on one But then they started to grow on me much like the chronic verruca on Kane s foot I started to care about what ended up happening to them although view spoilermost of them end up just find and in roughly the same condition as they started the novel hide spoiler

  • Hardcover
  • 838
  • Darkmans
  • Nicola Barker
  • English
  • 11 September 2020
  • 9780007193622

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