Tim Pears ô 2 DownloadRating system shows each of the five stars eually representedIts a shame I have little to compare my experience with although I enjoyed it ultimately I
AM LEFT WONDERING WHAT IT WASleft wondering what it was aboutThere s no doubt that Tim Pears can write The prose here is superb laugh out loud sentences well contrived set pieces and a burning intelligence is obvious from the get go I put him up there with the great british writers that I love Faulks McEwan Boyd There s also a hint of the less with the great british writers that I love Faulks McEwan Boyd There s also a hint of the less Joseph Connolly in the characterisation and humourAs you can guess from the title the story is told over the course of a year 1997 Its told from a huge list of characters from Conservative PMs to cat burglars to sink estate escapees and a man suffering from amnesia Individually the stories are good and the characters are that well defined that its not too hard to eep on top of them despite a near 500 page lengthWhat I was hoping for and didn t actually get happen was how all these lifes were going to interact or uite what the story was hoping to tell The book built and built but ultimately just ran a disjointed course Which is a shame it was and built but ultimately just ran a disjointed course Which is a shame it was nearly a five starrerI will move on to of his work having only previously read Blenheim Orchard also 4 star Think it could be A Land of Plenty next time Took a few chapters to develop ept wondering what the point was Then I was griped and thoroughly enjoyed it Massive amount of characters all very well constructed and real Great book for a lazy Sunday. WithstandA Revolution of the Sun tells the story of one momentous year through the eyes of the people who lived it It is not only their stories but also the anatomy of a nation in flux Ambitious powerful irresistible it is the work of a writer at the peak of his powers and once again demonstrates Pears to be a great contemporary noveli.
ENDING DID ANNOY ME AND LOWERED MY RATING FROMdid annoy me and lowered my rating from to 3 stars It was almost as if Tim Pears having created this incredibly complex plot didn t uite now how to end his novel and it felt as if he wasn t sure what to do with his characters It s about being different about real life spoiler The ending was bizar Disparate intriguing characters with some history of each was bizar Disparate intriguing characters with some history of each in their lives being gradually drawn together even though or because all are somewhat marginalised socially albeit in very different ways Knowing
"Something Of The Denouement Makes The Plot Rather Contrived The "of the denouement makes the plot rather contrived The style is distinctly different from Fallen Leaves or Land of Plenty Minor punctuation is sometimes omitted and it switches disconcertingly to the present tense for some passages Worse he uses the first person for only some bits of one character s story which turn out to be diary entries Also uses the word insinuate ludicrously and distractingly freuently often in slightly non standard ways Very occasional dash of magical realism just to confuse things Fascinating despite the irritations largely because of the insights into the hugely different worlds each protagonist comes from in terms of familyrelationships class wealth work education disabilityhealth and mental health politics race drugs etc This is a book that appears to have slipped under the radar of the book reading public Only a handful of reviews here and an eual number of couk where the. Ive MP Jack lorry driver Martha cat burglar Ben paraplegic child Solo his abandoned fatherAt the end of that year their lives will have changed irrevocably some for better some for worse but changed nonetheless They cannot now what will happen to them but there is an inevitability in their shared destiny that will prove impossible to. Overly long the plot didn t really stick together
Many Characters How They Managed To End Up Connecting Wascharacters how they managed to end up connecting always clear Perhaps overly ambitious I like the way Pears writes there were some lovely passages but all a bit too convoluted far too long With there being so many characters it was difficult to really get to now them Had its moments but I was pleased to get to the end of it 12 months in the lives of large cast starting separately but converging some minor some major it s about living together or apart and with and without the past some loose ends much sadness other positive outcomes ends with a long labour and birth a bold vision some digressions v boring Pears paints on broad canvas with strong rounded people The author appears to use obscure language to prove his intelligence Good characters and some interesting stories but I lost the will to live half way through Too much and too little happening at the same time I got right into a character s back history and then suddenly we jumped to the present for a different character and their story A ruthless editor could have transformed this into a masterpiece It s hard to say what I thought of this book A huge amount of characters and a say what I thought of this book A huge amount of characters and a of plot changes and twists No sooner had you got your head round a group of characters when the narrative changed Some of the story lines intrigued me some repulsed me At times very funny with some cracking dialogue and lines but it took a long time for the plot to get It begins at the stroke of midnight on the first day of 1997 As the year turns a group of disparate individuals from different backgrounds from all corners of the country are about to embark on separate journeys which will converge over the course of the next twelve months among them Rebecca mother to be Sam amnesiac Roderick Conservat.