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The Parrots Hardcover – Jul 4 2013

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press; Reprint edition (July 4 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908968192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908968197
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,207,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Wild Aviary Sept. 14 2013
By propertius - Published on
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This satiric little novel should appeal to those with a particular interest in the literary world, not in terms of "art" but rather in terms of ego and mercantile concerns. There can be no more different characters then the three candidates for the unnamed literary prize. The old Master who wants to grab the brass ring before dying. The Writer, who wants fortune more than fame, and has a nasty little secret. And The Beginner who seeks affirmation of his greatness.

The machinations they endure to attain the prize and the outcome which gives them each what they deserve if not want, will not have you guffawing, but will make you smile at the ways of the muses and especially fate. As I said the reader must have at least a modicum of interest in the publishing world to enjoy this book, printed alas on my Kindle reader, and not superior stock as the Master would have wished.

Much like "The Invisible Player" by Giuseppe Pontiggia, which deals with academia "The Parrots" takes you through the souls of writers who we see as rather venal men.
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Three candidates - one glittering prize. Jan. 8 2014
By Sue Kichenside - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The setting is Rome and there are three authors up for a prestigious literary prize. They are not named (no-one is named in the book). Instead they are termed The Beginner, The Writer and The Master. Each is desperate to win the award for his own spurious reasons.

This is a neat idea for a plot but rather spoiled by over-stylised writing which is just a little too pleased with itself. What might have been a biting satire on the place of awards in the arts instead emerges as little more than a smug exercise in modern writing. And what was with the parrot?

Regrettably, this book turned out to have more beak than bite. But here's the thing with translations: is it the author's failing or the translator's? Without the ability to read the original, it's impossible to know for sure.