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Eley Williams

Autor(a) de The Liar's Dictionary

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About the Author

Eley Williams is an editor, lecturer, tutor, and writer. She earned her doctorate from Royal College, University of London, where she currently teaches creative writing and children's literature. She is also co-editor of fiction at 3:AM magazine and assists the independent publishers Copy Press. mostrar mais Her work has been published in Ambit, Night & Day, The Dial, and Structo. Her awards include the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize in 2005 and, the James Tait Black Prize for fiction in 2018, for her collection, Attrib. and Other Stories. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Eley Williams

The Liar's Dictionary (2020) 787 cópias, 44 resenhas
Attrib. and other stories (2017) 197 cópias, 9 resenhas
Frit (2017) 2 cópias
PROTOTYPE 1 (2019) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias, 1 resenha

Associated Works

An Unreliable Guide to London (2016) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias, 2 resenhas
Liberating the Canon: An Anthology of Innovative Literature (2018) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Resist: Stories of Uprising (2020) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Best British Short Stories 2018 (2018) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th c. CE
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I can totally see why this novel isn't for everyone. If you like language, have a mind for detail and unusual characters then this will be for you. If you desire an easy read with your typical relatable characters then you might want to move onto something else.

What stood out for me are the characters. Very nicely detailed, non-standard rumblers, trotting through an unstable social environment. Sure, they are complete anti-heroes, but at least they see the world in a different light and a curiously entertaining one at that.

It's also the characters that prevent me from not giving it the max of 5 stars. Well, that and one other thing, which I will explain in a bit. When you have unusual characters, ones that stand out because of their odd behavior, you don't automatically get free-reign. There is still a certain consistency you might expect. We can see this go south mostly with Sophia, the love interest of Peter Winceworth, a scrivener in Victorian England tasked with finding new words to add to the fictitious dictionary, the topic of the novel. Sophia starts out as a quirky, caring, eccentric and whimsical character, sharing a lot of traits with Peter. By the end of the novel she behaves like a smug socialite only out for her own salacious self interests.

One other thing bugged me, and I think it's probably only me. There is a fair amount of bodily function descriptions in the book, which I found difficult to get through and I even had to skip one of them. Ironically, it feels like the author also had trouble with it since the specifics were provided in a French translation.

If the two dissonant aspects of the novel had been avoided or removed I would have immediately called this my favorite novel ever.
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TheCriticalTimes | outras 43 resenhas | Jul 14, 2024 |
The prospect of this novel greatly intrigued me, but actually reading it was a slough. There were times when I was positive that Williams was vying for the longest possible sentences and using as many obscure words as possible instead of drawing together a narrative. I enjoyed Mallory's sections and her growth, but Winceworth's were wince worthy. I struggled to understand his importance outside of being the mountweazel creator. I'm left with quite a few questions that I may have missed the answers to in my quest to finish the story. I don't think I'll be returning to this book any time soon.… (mais)
BarnesBookshelf | outras 43 resenhas | Jul 4, 2024 |
Somewhere in the world are people who find this book charming, but I am not one of those people. There is a lot of style but little substance here. The author writes, towards the end of this slog through arcane words but little plot, "Simply put is best put." If only she had taken that advice herself. Not recommended.
librarianarpita | outras 43 resenhas | May 8, 2024 |
Mostly unintelligible pretention, with a few good bits. Shame, as the book itself is well made and lovely to hold. I might, perhaps, get the latest edition out of curiosity to see whether it's a less deliberately obtuse collection.
Michael.Rimmer | May 2, 2024 |



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