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✓ Read º If This Is Home by Stuart Evers × So I ve been a a bit prejudiced lately I pine for long, luxurious, complicated sentences and words,resplendent and evocative than the ideas they represent With the exception of one author dead now, unfortunately I have found modern literature disappointing short, direct sentences, uncomplicated and unoriginal plots, and frankly a lack of spark Mr Evers, as I intimated to my wife, has emerged finally as a living author I can truly say inspires me This novel, though it started similarly short sentences, terse language after 20 30 pages Evers really opens up and the novel blossoms in multiple ways Though he keeps a modern tongue and has none of the challenge and flourish of the post modernists, Evers is a brilliant story teller The subtle re A Dazzling First Novel From The Critically Acclaimed Author Of Ten Stories About SmokingMark Wilkinson Has Three Names He Left His Own Behind In The Rainy North Of England American Immigration Knows Him As Joe Novak And At The Valhalla, The Mysterious Complex Where He Sells Lofty Ambition And Dark Desires, He Goes By Mr JonesSince He Was Eighteen, Mark Has Been Running Away Running From His Small Town, His Vanished Mother, His Broken Father But One Night In Las Vegas, Shocked By Violence And Ambushed By Memories, He Is Propelled Back To His Real Name And His Real Past Back To Bethany Wilder Carnival Queen, Partner In Dreams, And Tragic GhostFrom The Acclaimed Author Of Ten Stories About Smoking Comes An Electrifying Novel About The Power Of Dreams To Destroy, Of Memory To Distort And Of What It Means To Be Home There s some good or at least competent writing here, but the author has made the mistake of writing two disparate storylines and then never letting them come together Two books in one Mark Wilkinson decides to leave his mundane small town English life behind for a new start in the US He finds himself in Las Vegas where he becomes involved in a truly surreal luxury complex named Valhalla This section of the book is frankly weird and it s a relief when he decides he needs to head back to England, and think again about the events that led to him leaving in the first place The England section works much better and although the plot is fairly mundane, the characters come to life in a way that the US ones don t A tale of love a Joe Novak is having a bit of a crisis For the past few years he s been working at the Valhalla, a posh getaway where middle aged rich men get to have all of their wishes granted and desires realized Joe likes his job well enough and he s making good money, too but he s also slowly losing his mind He is haunted by his past, especially by the memory of his first love, Bethany He s even starting to see and have involved conversations with her His coworkers are worried about him, and Joe isn t feeling the best about himself either He s restless and on edge Eventually a really bad day at work leaves him no choice but to travel back home to England so he can come to terms with his past.
I m still not entirely sure what to make of this book I was really into the first half I liked reading about the Valhalla and the weird Eyes Wide Shut like fantasy thing going on It was creepy and gross, bu So I ve been a a bit prejudiced lately I pine for long, luxurious, complicated sentences and words,resplendent and evocative than the ideas they represent With the exception of one author dead now, unfortunately I have found modern literature disappointing short, direct sentences, uncomplicated and unoriginal plots, and frankly a lack of spark Mr Evers, as I intimated to my wife, has emerged finally as a living author I can truly say inspires me This novel, though it started similarly short sentences, terse language after 20 30 pages Evers really opens up and the novel blossoms in multiple ways Though he keeps a modern tongue and has none of the challenge and flourish of the post modernists, Evers is a brilliant story teller The subtle re Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.
com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally Definitely the most interesting thing about Stuart Evers new novel If This Is Home is the ultra rich Las Vegas condo complex Valhalla where our narrator is working as the book opens, a great symbol for everything wrong with America right now a glittering house of cards designed expressly to fleece the empty consumerist one percenters out of their money, prospective buyers are shuttled around to what they are told are the most exclusive clubs and restaurants of the complex during their weekend hard sell tour, not realizing that the other locked rooms they are passing are in fact completely empty and are given a complex set of rules they re Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.
com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally Definitely the most interesting thing about Stuart Evers new novel If This Is Home is the ultra rich Las Vegas condo complex Valhalla where our narrator is working as the book opens, a great symbol for everything wrong with America right now a glittering house of cards designed expressly to fleece the empty consumerist one percenters out of their money, prospective buyers are shuttled around to what they are told are the most exclusive clubs and restaurants of the complex during their weekend hard sell tour, not realizing that the other locked rooms they are passing are in fact completely empty and are given a complex set of rules they re Note due to the nature of this book, I m going to avoid details as much as possible in the following rant To the people who loved this book please help, because I feel like I am missing something I actually spent 30 minutes last night tossing and turning trying to figure out what I missed and I came up with nothing Zip Nada The writing was good, the pace excellent I stayed up way too late last night finishing it , but that storyline, the plot Didn t connect with it I get it, it s all about coming home and revisiting your past, but then what the heck was the point of the first half Yes, yes, it s about the main character s escape from his past, but what the heck does the Valhalla have to do with anything The idea of being someone else Ok, that makes sense, but it just doesn t work There are just too many things that happen that do This book was a bit of a mess It is two really separate stories in some ways from different periods of a single character s life Except I don t see the current character in the 10 year old character and vice versa The part of the story set in Las Vegas just goes nowhere as far as I can see and doesn t come to any conclusion And the central mystery is just kind of pointless as well when you discover it Not sure what I missed.
The author of last year s excellent Ten Stories About Smoking returns with his first novel, which continues to explore how life may fall short of one s dreams Evers protagonist is Mark Wilkinson, who escaped his life in Cheshire and made it in America as Joe Novak when we meet him in the early 2000s, he s in Las Vegas , selling apartments at the ultra high end Valhalla complex Alternate chapters chronicle a day in 1990 when Mark s teenage girlfriend Bethany Wilder became a reluctant beauty queen at a parade, shortly before she and Mark were planning to leave for New York But Bethany is nowhere to be seen in Mark s present life what happened becomes clear about halfway through the novel, when an incident moves Mark to return to the UK and catch up with the people and places of his own life.
There are some striking and well handled shifts of tone in If This Is Home In the o I have to note my annoyance first because this went from slight irritation to full on agitation by the end Every paragraph a character was lighting a cigarette It was almost as if the author got lazy and couldn t actually come up with a new character without shadowing his own obvious obsession with nicotine I discovered after reading the book he has already written short stories about smoking, the man is truly addicted.
Anyway back to the story, it was a disjointed read at first with the Las Vegas part but did just pull itself together by the end into a tale of rediscovery.
Everyone has a situation they want to forget from their past but the big things always come back to haunt us Having Beth s 1990 story run alongside Marks Joes modern day return worked well The edition I read was printed with double spac This reminded me of the Catcher in the Rye or Nick and Norah s Infinite Playlisy I enjoyed it thoroughly and read it in only four or five sittings it was heart wrenching and enjoyable all in one and something I felt was easily relatable I was drawn in effortlessly When he left the UK, Mark Wilkinson also left behind his name and entered the US as Joe Novak By now, he is known as Mr Jones and selling apartments in Las Vegas But something from his past is haunting him, he has episodes, hears voices or better one voice the one of Bethany, his girl friend when he was still a teenager and living in England He is thirty now and Bethany has been dead for thirteen years He had wanted to leave their sad hometown together with her, to build a life together in New York, but then, she was murdered After an incident with a client, he returns to England, now to find out the truth about Bethany s death.
I was eager to read the novel due to the high praise I could read everywhere After having finished, I am somewhere between disappointed and deeply confused Either I didn t get it at all or it absolutely didn t work for me First of all, I had the impression that t There s some good or at least competent writing here, but the author has made the mistake of writing two disparate storylines and then never letting them come together Two books in one Mark Wilkinson decides to leave his mundane small town English life behind for a new start in the US He finds himself in Las Vegas where he becomes involved in a truly surreal luxury complex named Valhalla This section of the book is frankly weird and it s a relief when he decides he needs to head back to England, and think again about the events that led to him leaving in the first place The England section works much better and although the plot is fairly mundane, the characters come to life in a way that the US ones don t A tale of love a

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