Foul-mouthed but lyrical, with a tragic love story at its core, Cris Freddi's 'Pelican Blood' presents a cast of vivid characters and a passion for life in all its forms.
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cris freddi doesn't like to say he was educated at Oxford. He did go to the university there, but his class of degree reflects his last year at thehallowed place, which he spent in a rock band. This, says he, accounts for the style and mood of Pelican Blood. Influences include Joe Strummer, Johnny Rotten's autobiography and Cris's own football writing for When Saturday Comes.Review:
`[Freddi's] sensitive treatment of the rekindled romance between artist Stevie and the trigger-happy narrator reveals subtle emotional shadings. Bill Oddie is unlikely to approve of a novel with such a wonky moral compass, which is just one of the many good reasons for reading it' Sunday Times`Compulsively readable. It is, at heart, a thoughtful and often moving meditation on the nature of obsession and the redemptive role of love and friendship in lives damaged by the hammer-blows of experience. It's also a bitter lament for a world blighted by human greed and folly' Jem Poster, Guardian`Far from being a dry exposition on a minority pastime, Pelican Blood combines in its central character a scorching, militant passion for the environment with a strongly urban sense of nihilism, evoking a savage universe where the ruthless cycles and lonely beauty of the natural world feel far more meaningful than the cut-and-thrust emptiness of the civilised one. This is an original, deeply felt novel whose raw lyricism feels powered by the forces of nature itself' Metro`The unnamed narrator of Pelican Blood is a committed bird watcher, but Bill Oddie he ain't. Misanthropic, foul-mouthed and suicidally depressed, he twitches compulsively rather than for fun - once they've been ticked off the list, the birds are of little interest in themselves. Amid the company of misfits that he keeps, though, he doesn't seem all that unusual, and he does have two very close friends. Their booze-and drug-fuelled banter makes up much of the book, and the love affair he resumes with one of them provides drama and the eventual route to his salvation' Laurence Phelan, Independent on Sunday
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Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007185197
Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0007185197
Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110007185197