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There is a particular brand of black humor and jaded view of life that seems to accompany life in contemporary London It s very compelling, even enjoyable, despite its somewhat bleaker view of life Nick Laird has captured it perfectly and infused it into his novel, Glover s Mistake, a book that engages even when it makes readers slightly uncomfortable Glover s Mistake is a novel about contemporary manners as much as Jane Austen s writings were in the 19th century, and parallel the misguide There is a particular brand of black humor and jaded view of life that seems to accompany life in contemporary London It s very compelling, even enjoyable, despite its somewhat bleaker view of life Nick Laird has captured it perfectly and infused it into his novel, Glover s Mistake, a book that engages even when it makes readers slightly uncomfortable Glover s Mistake is a novel about contemporary manners as much as Jane Austen s writings were in the 19th century, and parallel the misguided love affairs and angst of the unloved Where Austen s characters resolve their failings at the tale s end, however, Laird leaves readers wondering if anyone has learned anything from the traumas love has inflicted in Glover s Mistake The book centers on David Pinner, who notices in the local paper that a former art school teacher an American, no less has returned to London He decides to follow his longing and looks her up, although she barely remembers him Alone in London, she is open to his dinner invitation, where she collides with his flat mate, James Glover While Pinner pines for the American artist Ruth Marks , Ruth becomes smitten with the much younger roommate Glover.To say David is distraught over the situation is an understatement, and eventually his demons get the best of him, as he sets on a course to break up the relationship and position himself in the role of friend to the broken hearted What he underestimates, however, is the relationship between Glover and Ruth, as well as his own capacity to destroy Glover underestimated and misunderstood by Glover It s a sad torment as the scenarios begin to play themselves out.Laird also takes quite a few stabs at the pretension of the London art scene, Ruth s self centered artwork and attitude including her feminist backdrop and previous relationships , the hypocrisy of the Church and family life via his own and James s parents , and the overall futility of love in the modern age To truly enjoy the book, one must have a slightly cynical take on life or it may all seem crushingly depressing Those of us who tend to view the glass as half empty will likely embrace this writing.Laird is witty, intelligent, and lyrical in his descriptions and characterization in Glover s Mistake He s a fresh voice, with a keen eye for the lies and the liars He can sniff out a pretender at a hundred paces The story is rich with dilemma, and readers who love the book will find endless topics for consideration, even after they ve put the novel down It s a thoughtful, well written, interesting look at love, at London, and perhaps at our own failings Don t miss it I suspect this book isaccurately a 3 star, but sometimes it s a case of the right book at the right time Fall is pretty, but it s a difficult time to be a lonely city boy or girl winter that awful season of good cheer, camaraderie, and romance looms ominously over all singletons, just as inclement weather and the vagaries of city life start to truly grate, and the carefree postcoital haze of summer seems to have dissipated completely Then lo, at your most vulnerable moment, alon I suspect this book isaccurately a 3 star, but sometimes it s a case of the right book at the right time Fall is pretty, but it s a difficult time to be a lonely city boy or girl winter that awful season of good cheer, camaraderie, and romance looms ominously over all singletons, just as inclement weather and the vagaries of city life start to truly grate, and the carefree postcoital haze of summer seems to have dissipated completely Then lo, at your most vulnerable moment, along comes this cruelly insightful chronicle of urban love, friendship, class, and jealousy, to really articulate all the horrible things you want to say to all the happy couples and laughing friends fumbling ruddy cheeked through the autumnal streets Namely, IT S NOT WORTH IT Sure, the plot is random, the ideas are all over the place, and the 3 main characters and David Pinner especially are all so casually horrible to themselves and to each other it makes you almost physically sick but I guarantee any modern human will feel with mounting unease how much they identify with the brutality the characters seem to throttle each other, and the world, with It s a quick but not particularly fun read, yet I feel thankful to have read it now and exorcised all my curmudgeonly feelings in the privacy of my own reading chair rather than on the L train, say, or on the high stakes playing field of a first or worse, second date The book and the experience of reading it left me feeling messy, unresolved, and sad, but sort of punchy in an exhilarating way which I guess is exactly how urban love and life make you feel.PS Whoops, I pretty much just said everything the Guardian review already said, but I said it not as well IT S NOT WORTH IT I took some time to look at pictures of Nick Laird on the Internet so just in case I ever run into him in New York I can give him a piece of my mind What a load of garbage this book is Things like this make me hate the publishing reviewing complex for feeding us hot new authors who really can t write Laird s incompetent fumblings at character development suggest he should stick to poetry His satire is weak an unoriginal and even my internet rantings are better than the ones he writes in the I took some time to look at pictures of Nick Laird on the Internet so just in case I ever run into him in New York I can give him a piece of my mind What a load of garbage this book is Things like this make me hate the publishing reviewing complex for feeding us hot new authors who really can t write Laird s incompetent fumblings at character development suggest he should stick to poetry His satire is weak an unoriginal and even my internet rantings are better than the ones he writes in the voice of David.A few things It s amazing that this kind of nonsense passes for literary fiction Here is a good sample sentence The rain fanaticized Really Mr Laird You are full of it you did not discover the funky caucasian dancing face you hate your characters and b c you do, i do too eh Creepy lonely unlikeable jerk uses internet to stalk and entangle himself into the lives of people he thinks he cares about Meh. What I remember loving about Nick Laird s first novel, Utterly Monkey, was just how funny it was Don t ask me what it was aboutI just remember it was seriously hilarious So I had high expectations of Glover s Mistake, Nick Laird s second novel and also because he s Zadie Smith s husbandthe guy has good taste in authors Glover s Mistake follows a year in the life of always miserable, neurotic David and his flatmate roommate James Glover Enter stage leftRuth, the artist w What I remember loving about Nick Laird s first novel, Utterly Monkey, was just how funny it was Don t ask me what it was aboutI just remember it was seriously hilarious So I had high expectations of Glover s Mistake, Nick Laird s second novel and also because he s Zadie Smith s husbandthe guy has good taste in authors Glover s Mistake follows a year in the life of always miserable, neurotic David and his flatmate roommate James Glover Enter stage leftRuth, the artist with whom both roommates becomes obsessed and enchanted to differing degrees Laird sets up an interesting love triangle, and one can t help but be buoyed by James devotion to Ruth But the cynicism of the other characters, including David and Ruth, is just plain depressingand, after a while, a little wearing In part, that s the point of Laird s novel, but as a reader, I found it somewhat hard going at times I was relieved when the story came to an end and I was finally shot of the bunch of them I like Nick Laird, but I enjoy his wife s novelsthan his I really liked the ending here But until the ending, the pace is quite slow It s difficult to stick with such a dismal man as David so many layers of discontent Throughout the entire novel David seeks to sabatage his best friend s relationship He deletes reparatory text messages, lies, and tells Glover things he shouldn t But there s a missing piece somewhere David tells us love is antiquated Love is unsatisfactory it s a ho I like Nick Laird, but I enjoy his wife s novelsthan his I really liked the ending here But until the ending, the pace is quite slow It s difficult to stick with such a dismal man as David so many layers of discontent Throughout the entire novel David seeks to sabatage his best friend s relationship He deletes reparatory text messages, lies, and tells Glover things he shouldn t But there s a missing piece somewhere David tells us love is antiquated Love is unsatisfactory it s a hopelessly juvenile concept But what i m not clear on is if this thesis is supposed to be the motive behind David s relentless destruction David likes Ruth in the beginning But I don t know if he really cares for her He seems to like the concept of her creative, successful, maturethan the actual person flighty, egotistical, stiff Maybe I should believe that a friend could destroy love on principle alone but I just don t Is David simply consumed by jealousy David could love Glover but that s been done before As with Utterly Monkey, I m simply missing something, which is a shame However, I m disinclined to believe it s my intellectual inferiority that s limiting me, though it is probable Much better than I thought it would be.A very readable novel though it wouldn t have been my first choice the cover blurb London art scene new money intellectual pretension Contemporary London romance didn t inspire me with confidence and I was expecting the usual Young London nonsense.What I found was an absorbing, readable novel in which the a lazy, jealous and entirely amoral protagonist undertakes a quietly selfish agenda with extraordinary ruthlessness The writing is superb, ful Much better than I thought it would be.A very readable novel though it wouldn t have been my first choice the cover blurb London art scene new money intellectual pretension Contemporary London romance didn t inspire me with confidence and I was expecting the usual Young London nonsense.What I found was an absorbing, readable novel in which the a lazy, jealous and entirely amoral protagonist undertakes a quietly selfish agenda with extraordinary ruthlessness The writing is superb, full of exciting, original metaphor that sometimes misses the mark, but rarely.An entertaining read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys a well written, slow burning tale rich in detail but nowhere near as important a novel as its publishers seem to think it is *Download Pdf ☇ L'errore di Glover ↙ Il secondo romanzo dell autore di La banda delle casse da morto Libro Straniero dell anno secondo Fahrenheit Radioun gustoso e raffinato dramma psicologico ambientato nella Londra di oggi David Pinner, trentacinquenne di scarso fascino e blogger frustrato, incontra dopo anni Ruth Marks, una sua ex insegnante, donna di gran classe e artista dal successo internazionale, di cui infatuato da sempre Fra i due nasce un amicizia che agli occhi di David potrebbe preludere a ben altro, ma l imprevisto dietro l angolo, nei panni del suo coinquilino e amico James Glover un ragazzo molto pi giovane e belloccio, di buon cuore e senza nessuna velleit creativa Fra Ruth e Glover scatta un insolita attrazione, e David assiste agli sviluppi del loro rapporto con apparente simpatia ma malanimo sempre crescente chi riuscir a evitare che la tensione esploda in maniera irreparabile Con una penna di rara grazia e potenza, Laird rilegge la pi classica storia shakespeariana di gelosia ma dall inedita prospettiva dello Iago di turno trasferendola in un mondo di intellettuali patinato e pretenzioso di cui ci offre una satira degna del miglior Woody Allen Strepitoso , ha scritto il Chicago Tribune il tipo di libro che avrebbe scritto Jane Austen se fosse stata maschio, pila page, e avesse avuto una connessione a internet I was pleasantly surprised by his last book, Utterly Monkey, so if I find a cheap copy of this someplace, I expect I d be pleasantly surprised by it too Oh ha, look at what I wrote up there like three years ago Even though I totally forgot all about that Nick Laird too, I totally took my own advice scored this at a book swap for free, and now I will love it I was pleasantly surprised by his last book, Utterly Monkey, so if I find a cheap copy of this someplace, I expect I d be pleasantly surprised by it too Oh ha, look at what I wrote up there like three years ago Even though I totally forgot all about that Nick Laird too, I totally took my own advice scored this at a book swap for free, and now I will love it This book grew on me It s kind of icky, but I am glad I stuck with it.