The Blue Book

The Blue Book

Paperback - 2012
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From the award-winning author of "What Becomes" comes a daring and extraordinary new novel of illusions and false trails, magical numbers, and redemptive humour, a novel about what happens when we are misled and what happens when we are true. Elizabeth Barber is crossing the Atlantic by liner with her perfectly adequate boyfriend, Derek, who might be planning to propose. In fleeing the UK - temporarily - Elizabeth may also be in flight from her past and the charismatic Arthur, once her partner in what she came to see as a series of crimes. Together they acted as fake mediums, perfecting the arcane skills practiced by effective frauds.
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, 2012, c2011.
ISBN: 9781770891845
Characteristics: 373 pages ;,23 cm.


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Sep 01, 2014

Post-modern, complex, funny and multi-layered, this novel draws parallels between being a medium and being a writer. Although emotions are gradually revealed, as a reader I was not engaged by the characters. It is an interesting and unusual book, well worth making the effort to read.

Mar 27, 2013

I'll be the middle-of-the-road review. I didn't hate this book, but I kept putting it down because I didn't feel very compelled to finish it either (but I did!). It wasn't the writing style, but my lack of attachment to any of the characters. Except Bunny and Francis. They were sweet.

quagga Nov 02, 2012

Darkly funny and cleverly crafted, Scottish author A.L. Kennedy's The Blue Book offers sharp and tender insights into human nature. I read passages aloud to anyone who would listen. By the end, my copy fluttered with sticky notes marking favourite parts.

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