Going postal: Approximation of a playlist §65

15 02 2014

Prole Art Threat

Songs or artists relating to matters postal

Pillar To Post – Aztec Camera
Note to Self – Jake Bugg
Don’t lose the faith – The Dears
Recovery – Frank Turner
Stand And Deliver – Adam & The Ants
The Sign – Ace Of Basepostbox
Paperback writer – The Beatles
Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
Messages – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Send In The Clowns – Frank Sinatra
Dear Prudence – The Beatles
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Bananarama
He’s frank (slight return) – The Monochrome Set
Sign Your Name – Terence Trent D’Arby
Message in a Bottle – The Police
Date stamp – ABC
Please Mr. Postman – The Carpenters
Rudi, A Message To You – The Specials
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder
The Message – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You – Bee…

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Harvest time

15 02 2014

Harvest by Jim Crace

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As late summer steals in and the final pearls of barley are gleaned, a village comes under threat. A trio of outsiders – two men and a dangerously magnetic woman – arrives on the woodland borders and puts up a make-shift camp. That same night, the local manor house is set on fire. Over the course of seven days, Walter Thirsk sees his hamlet unmade: the harvest blackened by smoke and fear, the new arrivals cruelly punished, and his neighbours held captive on suspicion of witchcraft. But something even darker is at the heart of his story, and he will be the only man left to tell it . . . Told in Jim Crace’s hypnotic prose, Harvest evokes the tragedy of land pillaged and communities scattered, as England’s fields are irrevocably enclosed. Timeless yet singular, mythical yet deeply personal, this beautiful novel of one man and his unnamed village speaks for a way of life lost for ever.

 

 

 
Timeless and with no specific location, it’s a terrific novel and wonderfully written. Crace uses a small canvas but offers some really rich colour and great detail. Highly recommended.
 

four stars





Chuzzled

8 02 2014

Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens

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Wealthy old Martin Chuzzlewit is surrounded by a host of grasping, unscrupulous relatives and suspects the family vices of selfishness and greed are already showing in his grandson. The younger Martin is therefore cast out upon the world to learn to fend for himself. Apprenticed to the oily hypocrite Pecksniff, he meets both the sweet-tempered Tom Pinch and the irrepressible Mark Tapley, with whom he sets forth to America to find his fortune. Dickens created some of his most gleefully repulsive and enduring characters in this tale of corruption and virtue, murder and unrequited love.

It’s a really good (and, of course, very long) yarn. The diversion in America is all a bit off-piste but you can understand why it caused a bit of controversy for its portrayal of Americans. Overall though it’s classic Dickens, pretty amusing in places, and well worth the commitment.

four stars





Going postal: Approximation of a playlist §65

1 02 2014

Songs or artists relating to matters postal

Pillar To Post – Aztec Camera
Note to Self – Jake Bugg
Don’t lose the faith – The Dears
Recovery – Frank Turner
Stand And Deliver – Adam & The Ants
The Sign – Ace Of Basepostbox
Paperback writer – The Beatles
Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
Messages – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Send In The Clowns – Frank Sinatra
Dear Prudence – The Beatles
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Bananarama
He’s frank (slight return) – The Monochrome Set
Sign Your Name – Terence Trent D’Arby
Message in a Bottle – The Police
Date stamp – ABC
Please Mr. Postman – The Carpenters
Rudi, A Message To You – The Specials
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder
The Message – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You – Bee Gees
We Could Send Letters – Aztec Camera
Love Letters – Julie London
Kiss – Prince
Message of Love – The Pretenders
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter – Frank Sinatra
Love Letters In The Sand – Pat Boone
Letter from America – The Proclaimers








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