Paradise Glossed - The rants and ramblings of a Bristolian cynic
eBook (PDF), 178 Pages
"Paradise Glossed" is a collection of poems, a diary in rhyme - and a Bristolian book by a Bristolian author. It was written over the course of twelve months at a very specific point in Britain's history - the "fag-end of New Labour", and the height of the modern technological age. Desperately seeking the chinks of light amidst the 21st Century gloom of 'X-Factor' culture, social networking, mobile texting and super-rich corporations, the author has a ball in letting off steam via this crazy log in which, it seems, no-one or nothing is safe - the Royal family, Prime-Ministers, "The Matthew", mobile phones, balloons, Simon Cowell (?) Drawing on topical and historical themes, and with a strong local flavour throughout, "Paradise Glossed" is the author's humorous take on an historic and infamous twelve months set between May 2009 and April 2010, which began with the MP's expenses scandal and ended with us nervously awaiting the result of the... More > General Election......< Less
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Jul 31, 2010A fantastic read. Its good to see that their is someone having the same rants and ramblings as myself. I bought the book on the strength of Darrens appearance on the local radio and I haven't been disappointed. Keep up the good work and look forward to future instalments.
Jul 31, 2010If 21st-century life was as bad as it's portrayed in this book, I think I would have given up years ago.... It's not all politics as much as the back-cover blurb would suggest, in fact the range and diversity of subjects covered takes the author waaaaaaay off the beaten track - I can see why it's called "rants - and RAMBLINGS". To go a from a satirical dig at the war in Iraq in one poem, straight onto moaning about queues in Asda in the next seems an almighty jump, but at least it's a pace-changer, and sorta makes you wonder what on earth is coming the next time you turn the page. I think it's possible that the references to Bristol people and things (with the probable exception of Brunel) will be lost on some readers, not many people outside England will have heard of Bedminster, Colston, Billy Wedlock or the Hen and Chicken (!). Personally, some of my faves concerned the stuff about X Factor and reality shows, as that is a pet hate of mine. Predictably, Hurley is cruel... More > about Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Thatcher, etc - it's a pretty left-wing rant all round in fact, but demanding the heads of the royal family and having a pop at people who eat takeaway burgers seems a bit over the top, though it's done partly in a jokey, almost child-like way. He loses the plot completely on a poem called "The cynic's calender", when he slags off Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Easter, Christmas Day - everything in fact, claiming how they only exist for corporate greed. But the poems constantly change subject, length and pace which gives the reader vital breathing space and a temporary respite from all the sarcastic anger. If it wasn't for things like the spoofs of Samuel Pepys (aka, 'Samuel Peeps') and Charles Darwin (aka 'Charlie Darwen') this book could be taken as one big long, angry rant - and therefore, a difficult read. But the sprinkling of other things, such as "odes" about Bristol people, the already-mentioned Pepys, Darwin and Marx - and short verses about his pet dog - lighten the mood just enough. I didn't like so much the poems which are splintered into pieces (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, etc) about the history of Britain in the 20th century, but I did like about Karl Marx because it says things like "Work for all, that's if you're fit - cuz everyone should do their bit - From each according to their means, to each according to their beans" - which, if you think about it, is pretty funny (and silly at the same time). I thought the ones about Charles Darwin and Christobel Pankhurst were amongst the best. This is not a book to be read in one straight read-through, as there are too many changes of pace and the subjects brought up are too diverse. A good bed-time read. Funny.< Less
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- Darren Hurley in association with Tangent Books (Standard Copyright License)
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- Darren Hurley in association with Tangent Books
- September 28, 2011
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