Communion Town by Sam Thompson

Communion Town

bySam Thompson

Kobo ebook | July 5, 2012

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The Man Booker longlisted novel is a meditation on how each of us conjures up our own city. Every city is made of stories: stories that meet and diverge, stories of the commonplace and the strange, of love and crime, of ghosts and monsters. The iridescent, Man Booker longlisted Communion Town is reminiscent of David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, it is the story of a place that never looks the same way twice: a place imagined anew by each citizen who walks through the changing streets among voices half-heard, signs half-glimpsed and desires half-acknowledged. This is the story of a city.

Title:Communion TownFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007454783

ISBN - 13:9780007454785

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from hyperactive imagintion from a master wordsmith i picked up this book, on impulse in a £1 store, hardback (I liked the Blue COVER of the Hardback). I have read several of the short chapters but not all of it. As a writer myself (unpublished,) who appreciates prose, I am struck by the excellent use of words and imagination in this surreal world that Thompson has created. Every word in every sentence and descriptive metaphor almost makes you stop and think how thoughtful it's creation was. The stories have a strange haunting menacing quality with some twists that make them worthwhile. The piece and it's title remind me of LANARK - A life in 4 books, by Alisdair Grey, which won innumerable plaudits some decades ago. Whilst the prose is finer in this shorter book, it does seem to lack an overarching theme - but I have not finished it completely.
Date published: 2015-01-19