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Inclui os nomes: Jon McGregor, Jon MacGregor, Jon Mcgregory

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Obras por Jon McGregor

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (2002) 1,580 exemplares
Reservoir 13 (2017) 878 exemplares
So Many Ways to Begin (2006) 533 exemplares
Even the Dogs (2010) 419 exemplares
Lean Fall Stand (2021) 207 exemplares
The Reservoir Tapes (2017) 144 exemplares
If it Keeps on Raining (2010) 4 exemplares
The Letters Page: Vol. 3 (2018) 3 exemplares
Trawl 1 exemplar
The letters page 1 exemplar
La Paraula per vermell (2022) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Granta 83: This Overheating World (2003) — Contribuidor — 173 exemplares
Granta 78: Bad Company (2002) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
Granta 119: Britain (2012) — Contribuidor — 109 exemplares
Sex and Death: Stories (2016) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
The Best British Short Stories 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Reverse Engineering (2022) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Interesting. Almost certainly as the audiobook than I would have found the print version.
Treebeard_404 | 48 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
A real gem of a book: such sensitive and loving writing, applying a sculpted, concise style. Sometimes you get fooled by book recommendations – Screaming recommendations in parenthesis by famous writers, which then turn out to be duds, making you doubt the sanity of that famous author. But this novel about a man and his wife, dealing with the aftermath of a stroke, is simply ‘beautiful’ as Hilary Mantel apparently said.

The novel consists of three distinct parts. First there is Lean – which describes an accident (sudden storm) befalling an Antarctic expedition team of three men: Doc Wright, the experienced technical hand, and Luke and Thomas, the two young novices. When shooting a picture, Doc climbs a cliff edge, to provide perspective for Thomas’ picture. Once the snow storm has hit, we witness three POVs, allowing the reader to try and make sense of what happens – Thomas drifts away on an ice floe that broke loose; Luke tries to establish contact over the radio and ultimately manages to claw back to the hut; Doc struggles for his life on top of the cliff, starts thinking like flocculated milk, and somehow manages to get back to the hut before Luke. What follows is a fatal misunderstanding: Doc losing it and trying to cover for self-inflicted mistakes (did not charge satellite phones, and he fails to raise the general alarm over the radio, wanting to solve the situation without their help). Luke notices that Doc is losing it, but does not dare to stand up to him. Hence the botched rescue operation and loss of Thomas’ life.

The second part, called Fall, engages with Anna’s POV (Doc’s wife) and follows Doc’s painful and slow recovery of some form of speech in the hospital. The final part, Stand, encompasses many POVs (Liz the speech recovery therapist; Sara, Doc and Anna’s daughter; and occasionally Anna still). By now the lives of many have changed – Anna’s career is put on the back burner in her work at the University; Doc is slowly recovering but not quite coming back to his old self, mourning for the loss of his old life as an Arctic explorer; feeling frustrated about his limited, impaired role at the inquest about Thomas’ death; and Amira, who got funds for experimenting with a new approach for patients recovering from Aphasia (involving dancers and a group performance around each patient’s story).

What makes this book really good is the sparse, almost clipped, style of writing and the meticulous and compassionate understanding of the main characters’ lives, motives, drives and doubts. The three parts also cover different genres and phases of the process of recovery from a stroke. Indeed as one critic observes – the book provides a ‘bold and masterful investigation into the weather system of the human mind’.
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alexbolding | 20 outras críticas | Jan 2, 2024 |
Poor plot. A girl goes missing. And that’s that. Wonderful depiction of village life, but too many people to remember. But I seriously cannot understand why it received glowing reviews and a Costa award. Seemed a bit Emperors New Clothes. In one section I found 18 sentences running beginning with the word ‘she’, only for the 19th to be ‘he’. I also found two sentences that seemed to repeat itself.
mumoftheanimals | 48 outras críticas | Aug 29, 2023 |
I normally love experimental literature, but the extreme form of the narrative make Even the Dogs too hard for me to follow. I may try again later.
settingshadow | 49 outras críticas | Aug 19, 2023 |



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