Saturday, April 28, 2007

Water Bridges etc

The internet + big mouths = loads a nonsense...

We have said a few bad things about Picador/Macmillan/Richard Charkin in the past. Were we right or wrong? That's not the point.

What is the point?

I have a book here before me.

It's published by Picador.

It's out here in July.

It's bloody brilliant - the sort of book I get a "feeling" about. It's kind of like falling in love only a little less intense. It's all about the writing for me these days, the way the author kind of creeps out from amongst the words and gets inside your head. I laughed out loud on the bus after 30 pages. I laughed from sheer joy. It's a large book and the HB is a little unwieldy...but if this isn't sitting on every bookshop table, bedside table, coffee table etc when it eventually makes it to PB well, if I had a hat I'd eat it.



Pure great stuff fiction.

What's the book?

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano.

I'll say more when I've finished it...


  1. Glad to hear it's good. I love his other books. Great writer.

  2. I haven't read the novel, but I first heard about Roberto Bolaño in the New Yorker:

    Isabel Allende's post-mortem comment on Bolaõ, “Death does not make you a nicer person,” is a classic - though nothing to do with the book, obviously.

  3. Still loving the Bolano but have had a lot of child care to handle this week...Maybe I will finish it over the weekend...