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e-Book SOMETHING LIKE A HOUSE download

e-Book SOMETHING LIKE A HOUSE download

by Sid Smith

ISBN: 0330480308
ISBN13: 978-0330480307
Language: English
Publisher: Picador; First Edition edition (2001)
Pages: 224
Category: Genre Fiction
Subategory: Literature

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Hugging his ankles like a peasant, he sat alone on the dented metal deck. Across the stream the houses gave way to a scrubby wood. He teetered across on wobbling stones, but found that the ground between the bushes was trodden solid.

Hugging his ankles like a peasant, he sat alone on the dented metal deck. He avoided faces, as always, watching the river from behind the funnel, quiet in the diesel stink where no one else would come. He imagined his piss running for yards across the bare earth, and pushed uphill into deeper undergrowth.

Something Like a House is the debut novel by British writer Sid Smith, first published in 2001. The novel, set in China, was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award.

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Smith's dispassionate prose tells an extraordinary story, of Jim Fraser, secreted for half a lifetime against his will in a remote valley, throughout the Cultural Revolution

Smith's dispassionate prose tells an extraordinary story, of Jim Fraser, secreted for half a lifetime against his will in a remote valley, throughout the Cultural Revolution. The narrative skips can be initially disconcerting, but the information you need will be supplied later on. This is one where you really need to read it in one or two sessions to preserve the flow.

I suspect this book will be compared with Robinson Crusoe (the outsider building his own abode) and Lord of the Flies (the long-term effects of context on individual mortality). It is a profound and sophisticated work of fiction' Observer.

Something Like a House, Sid Smith's debut novel, sets itself the challenging task of taking the reader into . Smith takes the same precise approach even to the horrors of the Cultural Revolution

Something Like a House, Sid Smith's debut novel, sets itself the challenging task of taking the reader into revolutionary China, following the life of a British deserter from the Korean War, "the only round-eye in the Red Guards". The deserter Fraser is moved by the Communist authorities to a village of the ethnic minority Miao people and Smith painstakingly recreates their world and customs. Smith takes the same precise approach even to the horrors of the Cultural Revolution. When the villagers eat the heart of an enemy, the act is all the more disturbing for the detachment with which it is related.

Sid Smith spent the first seven years of his working life in labouring jobs - including woodsman, hod-carrier, railway labourer, gravedigger and gardener. Born in Preston, Lancashire, he now lives in London and writes extensively for newspapers and magazines. His first novel, Something Like A House, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. The novel, set in China, was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award

Something Like a House is the debut novel by British writer Sid Smith, first published in 2001. The novel, set in China, was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award Plot synopsis

Comments:
Malien
This novel, which is allegedly written after extensive research, is about a deserter of the Korean war, Jim Fraser, and his experiences in a Miao ethnic minority village. Alas, the novel fails to examine the human interests behind characters; it's just not a very engaging story where the main character is largely anonymous in the narrative. Jim Fraser never really connects with the reader, and furthermore, the sledgehammering of racial themes feels pretty heavy-handed. We may agree that racial discrimination could be found in any country, but somehow this seems to be a mere reworking of the "Yellow Peril" paranoia frequently encountered in the West. This book is a surprise winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2001. Not recommended.

Samutilar
We had this in our book club - it is highly acclaimed by critics and won the Winner of the 2001 Whitbread First Novel Award. It has been diligently researched by the author (who had not visited China, so all research came from other sources). To me, it was a bit like a game of blind man's bluff whereby you grasp hold of one character and try to recognise who it is from all the facts you can gather. The whole book was stuffed full of facts that were espoused by different characters, but nothing really seemed to hang together. There was no real personality to any of the characters or empathy with them either. The ending just, well, ended. As though the author had no idea how to finish it off, or was even interested in his main character, Jim Fraser, any longer.

It's my guess that the awards and acclamation are solely for the apparent insight into Chinese life.

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