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Politics

by Adam Thirlwell

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on Politics

There was a lot of press about this clever young man when he was chosen as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2003, before he had even been published. (Monica Ali of Brick Lane fame was in the same position.) There was a lot more press and praise when the hardback came out. One thing is for certain, it’s not about politics. It is an extraordinary tale of sex (ménage à trois), fathers and daughters and a lot of philosophical titbits. Full of really good moments, it’s a fine achievement but a bit too clever for me. I felt I was being talked down to a lot of the time. What one might call a challenging read.

Sarah Broadhurst

Politics Synopsis

Politics tells the story of a father and daughter. It also tells the story of a m-nage - trois. Politics explores crucial domestic problems of sexual etiquette. What should sleeping arrangements be in a m-nage - trois? Is it polite to read while two people have sex beside you? Is it permissible to be jealous? If you have eczema, may you complain that undinism can be painful? Politics is a comedy about kindness. And, at the same time, it is also about Milan Kundera, blow jobs, Chairman Mao's personal hygiene, V-clav Havel, half-Jewishness, Bollywood, shopping, Hitler's sexual fetish, selfishness, Osip Mandelstam, premature ejaculation, the late Queen Mother, thrush, Stalin on the phone, politeness, pink fluffy handcuffs, and Antonio Gramsci's theory of hegemony.

Politics Press Reviews

'One of the funniest, most stylish and utterly original debuts in recent years'
The Times


'Politics has a flexibility and muscle that elevates [Thirlwell] above most debut novelists-Fascinating-Deserves your immediate attention'
Independent


'The year's most controversial debut novel-A unique achievement-A naturally gifted writer' Observer


'Thirlwell brings the clarity of an essayist such as Montaigne and the deadpan humour of Buster Keaton. He does the Granta list proud'
The Times


'This is a clever book. Fantastically clever-Funny and strangely insightful-A genuinely original book' Daily Mail

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ISBN: 9780099459026
Publication date: 01/07/2004
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099459026
Publication date: 1st July 2004
Author: Adam Thirlwell
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Adam Thirlwell

Adam Thirlwell is twenty-four years old. He is the deputy editor of Areté, and lives in Oxford. In January 2003 he was chosen by Granta as one of the Best of Young British Novelists.

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