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Quicksand by Steve Toltz
  

Quicksand

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Author, Liam, researches the police force to write his novel from an officer’s point of view and ends up reluctantly becoming a policeman himself! His book fails. His next subject is based on a life-long friend, Aldo, an entrepreneur who is also a petty criminal just out of prison. The tale is told from both points of view. It is a densely written, extraordinary tale of friendship, loss and failure. Reflecting on both their lives and loves, this linguistically brilliant tragic-comic novel must be read slowly, chewed over and inwardly digested. It is horrific, funny, emotional, disturbing, very clever and truly inspirational. A long, sad tale of an optimist who bounces from one tragedy to the next, always believing that somewhere along the line he will make good. It is not an easy read, you must persevere, some will find it tough but if it is to your taste it is hugely rewarding. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Synopsis

Quicksand by Steve Toltz

'A tour de force of sustained brilliance' Mail on Sunday Wildly funny and unceasingly surprising, Quicksand is both a satirical masterpiece and an unforgettable story of fate, family and friendship. Aldo Benjamin may be the unluckiest soul in human history, but that isn't going to stop his friend Liam writing about him. For what more could an aspiring novelist want from his muse than a thousand get-rich-quick schemes, a life-long love affair, an eloquently named brothel, the most sexually confusing evening imaginable and a brief conversation with God? 'What a joy to surrender oneself to a writer of such prodigious talent.' Peter Carey 'Tremendous' Sunday Times

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'The energy, the hairpin turns, the narrative crashes, the stomach churning ascents and trashed taboos: what a joy to surrender oneself to a writer of such prodigious talent.' Peter Carey, twice Man Booker Prize-winner

'The funniest novel I've read in the last 12 months ... Genuinely moving.' The Times

'Quicksand is, if anything, even more hysterically funny [than A Fraction of the Whole] and quite, quite horrific ... Linguistically, Toltz manages to find the perfect if unlikely word or phrase faultlessly. It is very rare for me to laugh on almost every page of a book; it is even rarer for that to be accompanied by exquisite melancholy. Toltz is writing like very few other authors: he seems like an Antipodean Thomas Bernhard in his unsparing, agonising comedies. I hope it is not seven years until his next novel.' Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

'Toltz is clearly talented, with a vivid satirical intelligence... tremendous.' The Sunday Times

'Leaves you almost breathless. There is more heart, and joy and compassion and hard-earned wisdom in Quicksand than seems possible for a single novel; it is life, literature at its fullest.' Dinaw Mengestu, winner of the Guardian First Book Award

'A book shot through with mordant humour and sizzling inventiveness... In Aldo, Toltz has created a magnificent character.' Financial Times

'A relentlessly garrulous tragicomic saga about friendship, failure, creativity and endurance that is both brilliant and exhausting... Even in a book overflowing with solipsists and monomaniacs, would-be artists and theories about art, it remains a creative force to be reckoned with.' Guardian

'Highly original, entertaining and almost impossible to summarize, this is a high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled, frenetic tour de force of sustained brilliance. There is with, laugh-out-loud humour and linguistic dexterity on almost every page.' Mail on Sunday

'Toltz is incapable of writing a dull sentence.' Daily Mail

About the Author

Steve Toltz

Steve Toltz was born in Sydney, Australia. A Fraction of the Whole, his first novel, was
released in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the 2008 Man
Booker Prize and the 2008 Guardian First Book Award. He currently lives in New York.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th March 2016

Author

Steve Toltz

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Publisher

Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781473606074

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