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Magnificent Joe [Format Kindle]

James Wheatley
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Revue de presse

'A study of male friendship turned sour, this novel chills and convinces.' --Financial Times

'A dark, angry novel, tightly wound.' --Guardian

'Wheatley is that increasingly rare type of young writer: he has experienced life, and it shows.' --Daily Mail

Présentation de l'éditeur

Recently released from prison, Jim is welcomed back by his childhood mates to the northern working-class town where he grew up. With no alternative, Jim falls in step with their lives: working down the building site, pub, sleep. No time to regret the future that could have been had he not taken that punch and killed that boy. The only glimmer of warmth amid the tough grind is his friendship with Joe, a man with severe learning difficulties who is regarded with suspicion by the rest of the community. But when Joe is falsely accused of a crime, Jim must break the claustrophobic confines of his life and take drastic action in order to protect him.

With his spare and powerful prose, James Wheatley has crafted a brilliantly compelling, often dark, and frequently funny novel about how an extraordinary friendship can offer redemption and help rebuild a life.

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1450 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 292 pages
  • Editeur : Oneworld Publications (1 mars 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00BEUR7OM
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Word Wise: Non activé
  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°119.729 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un drame ouvrier au Nord de l'Angleterre 17 juin 2013
Par Ben
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
L'ambiance de ce roman rappelle les films de Ken Loach. Une histoire parfois sordide, des personnages crus, le tout décrit sans complaisance ni misérabilisme. Et pourtant, l'espoir subsiste et le personnage principal -- on n'ose pas dire "le héros"-- finira par se voir accorder la rédemption.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Read this book. 29 avril 2013
Par Alaska Denthead - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I would love to have the magic words that convince you all to read Magnificent Joe, but to find those words you'll have to read the book. It speaks for itself and doesn't need my review, apart from bearing witness to its brilliance and serving to inform you that your life is incomplete until you've bought and read this novel.

After reading a certain popular and very bad novel which I won't name here, I spent several months being angry with books and publishers in general for failing to live up to my standards. During those dark months I read nothing, convinced that the world had become functionally illiterate and that nothing new could possibly be worthwhile. Magnificent Joe is the book that renewed my long-standing love affair with literature. (Yes, I said literature, not novels, and I meant it.) Wheatley offers his readers the perfect blend of class and crass. I was reminded of Palahniuk and Hawthorne, Bukowski and Stoker all at once. Magnificent Joe has been called gritty and honest and I agree with those reviewers, but it also manages to be graceful and elegant. More than once I found myself simultaneously repulsed and charmed because the author has the skill to put everything detestable about the human experience into prose that is as accurate as it is beautiful, with every carefully placed word, from first to last. This work of art restored not only my faith in writers and publishers, but my faith in humanity as well. I got so excited that I bought several copies and I'm giving one to everyone I know, because everyone needs to read this book, including you.

I'm going to seem very cool when my great-granchildren are reading this in their 21st Century lit courses, and you can too! Do yourself a favor and buy this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Raw and Powerful Debut 29 mars 2013
Par Lincs Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Magnificent Joe is James Wheatley's first novel and will be published by Oneworld Publications on 7 March 2013.

It is a brave and ambitious publisher that markets a debut novel as; "Of Mice and Men meets Trainspotting" - that really is an expectation to have to live up too. I can honestly say though that Magnificent Joe has more than exceeded any expectations I had. I've really enjoyed my journey with Joe and his friend Jim, at times it's been a difficult and emotional journey, at times I've laughed along with them and at the end my tears were flowing.

Magnificent Joe may be the title of this book, and he's a wonderful character, but for me the most magnificent character is Jim. Jim is one of those guys who has found himself in the middle of a life that he can't get out of. His actions as a teenager have shaped the rest of his life, and despite the fact that he's bright, well-read, kind and passionate, he's stuck in a small village in the North East surrounded by mates from years ago, working as a labourer, drinking too much and eating crap food. Jim's friendship with Joe is one of the things that marks him out as 'different'. Joe lives with his Mum, is slow-witted and the victim of constant bullying by the local kids but Jim sticks by him, shows him friendship and cares for him. Joe and his Mum are the only link that Jim has to his long-gone Dad and he can't give that up, nor can he stop feeling guilty that he wasn't around for his Dad when he needed him.

This is a modern, contemporary story about realistic characters who live life day to day. Set in the North East among working-class people, it is littered with bad language. Some readers may object to this, but it is not done to shock - it is done because this is the language that the characters speak. There's no point setting a story in a gritty pub populated by builders and making them speak in polished English - it's got to be real to be credible.

There is a real sadness to this story too. Jim had so much potential as a teenager, he was tough enough to put up with the teasing and to do some revision, he was going to go to college and make something of himself. The sadness starts when he throws all of that away because of one foolish action, the sadness carries on when he returns to the village to find it unchanged. There is a sadness surrounding Joe, and around Laura - the wife of Jim's mate.

James Wheatley is a talented new author who has produced a novel that is raw and powerful, yet compelling and emotional. I enjoyed this story very much - the characters, the writing and the dialogue are perfectly pitched. I look forward to reading mor
4.0 étoiles sur 5 The language is a little rough but the story is a good one... 15 août 2014
Par Biddy Mulligan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The language in this book is a little rough - I wouldn't want to read it to my mama - but the story is a good one and it's told well. It was hard to put down sometimes.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Magnificent Joe 14 décembre 2013
Par Rebecca - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This was a story of the relationships surround Jim who had a chance at a bright future and college until an incident left him in Jail. Once he is released he goes back to his town he grew up in he works construction jobs with his assortment of childhood friends. He also strikes up an interesting relationship with the son of the woman who was like a surrogate mother to his father. Its hard for me to describe the plot of this novel exactly but its written that the prologue lays out the ending so you know where your ultimately heading. Worth a try if you want some thing a little different that focuses on some interesting characters.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 This book was OK. 26 août 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Not what I thought it would be. Somewhat disappointed. I thought it would be more about Joe and his friendship.
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