A Touch of Love Paperback – Sep 6 1990
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Witty and intelligent Guardian A very funny novel The Times Literary Supplement Unusual and intriguing Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. His most recent novel is The Rain Before It Falls. He is also the author of The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, What a Carve Up!, which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The House of Sleep, which won the 1998 Prix Medicis Etranger, The Rotter's Club, winner of the Everyman Wodehouse Prize and The Closed Circle. He has also published a biography of the novelist B.S. Johnson, which won the Orwell prize in 2005. He lives in London with his wife and two children. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Almost as if it was written as the events occurred, one chapter at a time, with no sense of what would follow, the book flips back and forth from the narrative to Robin's short stories. Although well-written, it is almost self-consciously so, so that it doesn't let you flow with it, and although witty (in an ironic / sarcastic way) and funny in parts, it doesn't really allow you to laugh with it, as the overall feeling is rather sad.
This is not a book you'll regret reading, but it was a bit too melancholy for my liking, and definitely not up to the expectations I'd built up based on his previous boks.
Ted, whom we meet only briefly, and only at the beginning seems to be the happiest man among all of these people.
Though I loved the other two books by this author I found this one pointless and depressing. I hope "The House of Sleep" and "The Rain Before It Falls" aren't the only two books worth reading (though they're really amazing stories!)
I won't write an Italian review for this one, as I am not going to suggest reading this story.