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The Restraint of Beasts

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'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 ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
VN6869

Good classic

by VN6869 on Nov 28, 2013

I ordered for a Friend who was very pleased with the condition and the timeliness of delivery.

William B

Beer, Beer, Beer

by William B on May 10, 2012

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.

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Gregorio

There's Nothing Nietzsche Couldn't Teach Ya...

by Gregorio on Sep 12, 2007

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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