I totally do look nice
- Lurid & Cute by Adam Thirlwell
Cape, 358 pp, £16.99, January 2015, ISBN 978 0 224 08913 5
‘To abdicate your power is so much harder than it seems,’ the narrator of Lurid & Cute says. It’s a difficulty that Adam Thirlwell’s fiction up to this point has neatly illustrated. Reluctant to surrender his authority as a critic, he interrupts each of his three previous novels with an almost identical off-stage persona, the writer as tour guide, who with perky erudition encourages the reader to examine the machinery of the novel with him while he tells the story.
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