tore up the other side and into the Paris night. He didn’t
give a fuck.; "
Reviewed by Avis Hickman-Gibb
book was an eye opener. Rather like a double strength Bloody Mary, with
lots of cayenne pepper. It’s full of real people, with real
lives and dilemmas. It is achingly funny – and I found myself
laughing despite the tradegy unfolding on the page.
you would expect when picking a book by Alexei Sayle, you are buying a
written version of his stage rant; but the whole is done with a knowing
awareness of what he is setting out before you. Sayle means every word
to count, to extend the stories he develops before you eyes. His
are about ordinary people pushed into extraordinary – even
bizarre – situations. People who, if met in real life, you
might just edge away from, smiling and nodding understandingly. But
within the pages of the book, you feel sympathy for their plight. There
but for the grace of…..
has obvious affection for his characters and, like a benevolent despot,
appears to wants them to do well. But their paths are densely strewn
with life’s hurdles; some cope - and some plummet like a
comedic timing transfers superbly into the written word, and
jogged along at a brisk pace throughout. He sets seemingly random
parameters at the start of each story and then moves you into deep,
dark waters very quickly. From the achingly pathetic waste of a life
in The Last
Woman Killed In The War though the life-changing Locked Out, to the
Weight, Ask Me How and the "oh yes, that could SO have
happened" title story, Barcelona
Plates, you are riveted to the page – just to
find out what happens.
this why we read stories in the first place – to find out
what happens? But to create the want to do this we need to have
stories which call to us, beguile us, catch us up in their magic and
don’t let go until they have emptied their resolution into
our willing brains. This collection of stories from Alexei Sayle does
that in spades.
Plates is a collection of 14 well crafted stories which impel you to
keep reading – just to see how they turn out. Surely the
basic test of any good story.
Hickman-Gibb is a new writer, living in rural Suffolk with her husband,
son and two cats. She gained a BSc. in Environmental Chemistry, and
then worked in the fledgling computer industry whilst still a
babe-in-arms. She’s currently working on her first short
Publisher: Hodder and
Publication Date: 2000
Sayle was born on August 7, 1952, in Liverpool, England. He
finished his education at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London.
He has been an active Marxist-Leninist since the age of 16. He is a
prolific writer and performer of comedy - both socially aware and just
plain abusive; both are extremely funny.
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