[Reading] ➸ Pompey By Jonathan Meades – Alwaysonltd.co.uk

Pompey From The Author Of THE FOWLER FAMILY BUSINESS Comes A Reissue Of His Infamous, Intensely Distilled Epic, POMPEY This Novel Recounts Scores Of Stories Of HoTLoVe, OMO, AO Of A Pygmy Hunt, An Assassination, A Crucifixion Of A Human Blood Bank And A Man With Metal In His Head And A Dentist With Nasty Habits Of Sick Sex, Ill Winds, Malignant Diseases Of The Voys, The Halals, The Puppymen Most Of All It Tells The Story Of A Flaky Pyrotechnicist, Guy Vallender, And Of His Four Progeny, Chief Among Them Poor Eddie, Who Was Quarry, Whose Gifts Were Otherwordly, Whose Gruesome Fate Was Perhaps Transcendent The Action Stretches Seamlessly Between The Mid S And The Mid S Its Many Topographies Include Brussels, Salisbury, The Teutoburgerwald, The Congo, The Industrial Wastes Of Lorraine But The Dominant Setting Is The Titular City A Nightmarish Brick Grid Set On Mud A Populated By Garish Freaks It Is Here That The Characters Move To Their Unique And Inexorable Ends, Fuelled By The Bad Faith Of The Former Comedian Ray Butt S Church Of The Best Ever Redemption And By The Bad Blood Of The Gerontophiliac Jean Marie POMPEY Is A Witty, Gripping, Emotionally Harrowing Work By Our

10 thoughts on “Pompey

  1. says:

    Magnificent and grotesque, the tale of four siblings who do not know their relation and yes, the inevitable ensues, but incest is the least of the crimes recorded here The tale, too, of Portsmouth both in itself and as a fractal chunk of Britain, the West, the whole stinking modern world Meades, making occasional appearances, is

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    By far the best work of fiction I have ever read More invention on one page than most authors achieve in ten books To this day I still can not understand why Pompey isn t regarded as one of the greatest books in the English language other than lit circle snobbery towards the author, a restaurant critic at the time Check out too his amusin

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    This is a fabulously disgusting book It will turn the stomach of the average reader and make them, hurl it away in disgust It is a rollicking tale of misfits, and con men, geeks, sexual misfits and damaged people There is no happy ending, just a long succession of trials and tribulations to which the characters are exposed to, generally ending in m

  4. says:

    Meades was, possibly still is, a journalist for The Times Pompey, if I recall correctly, was his first work of fiction Pompey is the nickname for Portsmouth in England Meades patently has spent a lot of time there, for all I know he could be from there.The novel follows the life of various Portsmouth inhabitants through a series of linked adventures, culmina

  5. says:

    A vulgar tale which brought to mind Heart of Darkness and Marabou Stork Nightmares as well as being a timeshifted parable of the onset of AIDS, here imagined arriving ten years before it did and renamed HoTLoVe although it resembles Ebola and possibly Meades made a connection between it and the Kuru disease that only affects the Fore tribe, cannibals from New Guinea

  6. says:

    After reading this book please wash your hands reads the end of the first chapter Having done so, I can report that Pompey doesn t really require that degree of cleansing There are certainly some unsavoury incidents, but they are not out of keeping with Meades overall vision Pompey is not an easy read The text is dense and adjective filled, some adjectives newly minted for the

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    Fascinating and filthy and disgusting at the same time Despicable and horrible charachters and I can never watch Only Fools and Horses without thinking of this book.

  9. says:

    completely filthy, disgusting, sickening, enthralling, brilliant, staggering and heartbreakingly beautiful all at once

  10. says:

    A strange, frequently unpleasant book, full of unexpected phrases, some excellent, and as a whole extremely hard to describe Kind of like Gravity s Rainbow, only with grimy suburban incest, less war, and not a single pleasant or relatable character not even the narrator.Not what I was expecting, being a long time fan of Meades documentaries and, frankly, I m not sure of this was brilliant or horrible.

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