The Year Of the Jouncer Hardcover – Feb 28 2006
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"The funniest book I read this year was Simon Gray's The Smoking Diaries." -- Julian Barnes, Guardian Books of the Year
About the Author
Simon Gray (London) is the author of over 30 plays and has published several volumes of diaries and books about the theatre. The Smoking Diaries was shortlisted for the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, the Saga Award for Wit and the Ackerly Prize.
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Here I am, sitting at my table, pigeons hopping about in the sun, little birds with yellow chests settling on the rim of my fruit punch, in front of me the sea in Caribbean blue and green, and from it the occasional purr and cough of small boats, the roar of a speedboat, brief and violent, and behind me the clatter of waiters laying tables while they talk to each other in incomprehensible Bajan -everything very much as you hope it will be when you're in London during Christmas, longing to be here. Read the first page
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
How could I possibly conclude a play, after a long, too long, scene between the two main characters - a kind of clash-of-the-Titans scene - with an interminable scene between two minor characters, on whom I actually proposed to bring down the curtain, leaving the two major characters, the leading actors, in the dressing room, no doubt glumly hoping that the audience would remember them when they came on stage to take their bow? Only Shakespeare could get away with such slapdashery, and he wouldn't have spent months labouring over it. Perhaps that's another definition of genius. It doesn't waste time when doing things badly, it does them at the double.
And that's a good working definition for The Smoking Diaries as well: full of slapshdashery, written on the double, but still endlessly amusing.