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1 Thirlwell, Adam POLITICS
Vintage 2004 0099459027 / 9780099459026 Paperback Near Fine 
In this nervy, self-conscious debut novel, British writer Thirlwell airs th e unspoken anxieties and confusions of two lovers, crafting a talky deconst ruction of a relationship. Moshe is a character actor, "the sketchy one, th e sardonic one, the oddball cool"; Nana is an architecture student, "tall, thin, pale, blonde, breasty." It is the off-stage narrator, however, who is the book's most notable presence, with his countless digressions, "simple" theories, lengthy explanations and bossy directives. Despite his repeated assertions that the book is not about sex ("sex isn't everything"; "sometim es I think that this book is an attack on sex"), Moshe and Nana are constan tly experimenting ("oral sex, use of alternative personae, lesbianism, undi nism"), though their experiments usually end in failure. This is true of th eir biggest experiment, a three-way affair involving Anjali, an Anglo-India n actor friend of Moshe's. Reading Thirlwell's novel is similar to watching a film with the director in the room, guiding the viewer through every sce ne. While many of the resulting narrative flourishes are clever or endearin g, their humor and intellectual cachet wear thin as the ratio of window dre ssing to substance tips heavily in favor of the former. Still, Thirlwell's brave attempt to debunk the primacy of sex (while elaborately describing hi s characters' hapless pursuit of it) is surprisingly convincing. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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