Clear: A Transparent Novel

Paperback | June 14, 2005

byNicola Barker

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On September 5, 2003, illusionist David Blaine entered a small Perspex box adjacent to London's Thames River and began starving himself. Forty-four days later, on October 19, he left the box, fifty pounds lighter. That much, at least, is clear. And the rest? The crowds? The chaos? The hype? The rage? The fights? The lust? The filth? The bullshit? The hypocrisy?

Nicola Barker fearlessly crams all that and more into this ribald and outrageous peep show of a novel, her most irreverent, caustic, up-to-the-minute work yet, laying bare the heart of our contemporary world, a world of illusion, delusion, celebrity, and hunger.

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On September 5, 2003, illusionist David Blaine entered a small Perspex box adjacent to London's Thames River and began starving himself. Forty-four days later, on October 19, he left the box, fifty pounds lighter. That much, at least, is clear. And the rest? The crowds? The chaos? The hype? The rage? The fights? The lust? The filth? Th...

Nicola Barker is one of Britain's most original and exciting literary talents. She is the author of two short-story collections: Love Your Enemies [winner of the David Higham Prize and the Macmillan Silver Pen Award] and Heading Inland [winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize]. Her previous novels are Reversed Forecast, Small Holdings,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.8 inPublished:June 14, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060797576

ISBN - 13:9780060797577

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Get To The Point.... "Clear" is trying to be clever and witty by using examples of metaphors and similies to produce a Generation-X feel to the plot and story...the word to really focus on is "Trying".... The novel generates a very strong, and interesting, idea of seeing the exploitation of fame and celebrity culture by focusing on the illusion that David Blaine performed in 2003 in London. But the actual story is totally lost with all of these useless thoughts and tired jokes that the main character Adie interjects with. It's interesting where the situation goes with the main character and other people in his life, but Barker loses everybody's interest when she makes Adie moan and complain about everything in the middle instead of moving the plot along....Barker needed to remember she was telling a fictional story and not writing a book based on a huge rant.
Date published: 2006-06-19

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“The plot doesn’t just twist, it leaps and back-flips and does triple somersaults...”