'Tam and I took hold of Mr McCrindle and lowered him into the hole, feet first. We decided to leave his cap on'. Fencers Tam, Richie and their ever-exasperated English foreman are forced to move from rural Scotland to England for work. After a disastrous start involving a botched fence and an accidental murder, the three move to a damp caravan in ...Read More'Tam and I took hold of Mr McCrindle and lowered him into the hole, feet first. We decided to leave his cap on'. Fencers Tam, Richie and their ever-exasperated English foreman are forced to move from rural Scotland to England for work. After a disastrous start involving a botched fence and an accidental murder, the three move to a damp caravan in Upper Bowland and soon find themselves in direct competition with the sinister Hall Brothers whose business enterprises seem to combine fencing, butchering and sausage-making. "The Restraint of Beasts" introduced readers to the now much-loved unique voice of Magnus Mills and his surreally comic world.Read Less
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May 10, 2012
Beer, Beer, Beer
When I heard Mills was a bus driver turned writer I was immediately interested. But then I discovered that wasn't the whole truth. Apparently Mills was also employed by a UK newspaper, jotted articles regularly, and was probably well steeped in various literary shenanigans.
But Mills-the-ex-bus-driver didn't let me down. The book was short, refreshing, and gripping. In (roughly) 40,000 words Mills tells us about working class life without boring or musing.
More writers should let their readers do the heavy lifting. I find that the longer a book is, the more the author adopts a condescending attitude and feels it necessary to explain the obvious.
WARNING: This book will make you want to drink a lot of beer.
Sep 12, 2007
There's Nothing Nietzsche Couldn't Teach Ya...
It's as though Saki (H.H. Munroe) wrote a restrained script for an old Monty Python episode. Very little actually happens in Magnus Mills? The Restraint of Beasts, but that?s precisely the point. Few writers have the ability to build such ominous tension with rain, mud, boots, fence posts, wire, and shovels as contrasted to village pub life in the U.K. The hapless protagonist elicits both sympathy and scorn in equal measure, in much the same way that a self-portrait is at once both a revelation and a lie. It?s an exceedingly quick read which will most likely have you on a quest for the rest of Mills oeuvre. That and a pint or two of bitter ale.
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