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John Burnside

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John Burnside is a poet, novelist, and memoirist whose many books include Still Life with Feeding Snake and On Henry Miller (Princeton). He is professor of English at the University of St Andrews and a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.

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Tekijän teokset

The Glister (2009) 366 kappaletta
The Dumb House (1997) 202 kappaletta
The Devil's Footprints (2007) 148 kappaletta
A Summer of Drowning (2011) 130 kappaletta
A Lie About My Father: A Memoir (2006) 106 kappaletta
Black Cat Bone (1800) 92 kappaletta
The Asylum Dance (2000) 50 kappaletta
Something like happy (2013) 41 kappaletta
The Locust Room (2001) 37 kappaletta
Selected Poems (Cape Poetry) (2006) 35 kappaletta
Gift Songs (Cape Poetry) (2007) 31 kappaletta
Ashland & Vine (2017) 29 kappaletta
All One Breath (2014) 28 kappaletta
The Good Neighbour (2005) 28 kappaletta
Waking Up in Toytown (2010) 27 kappaletta
Havergey (2017) 23 kappaletta
I Put a Spell on You (2014) 23 kappaletta
Living Nowhere (2003) 20 kappaletta
Burning Elvis (2000) 19 kappaletta
The Light Trap (2002) 18 kappaletta
The Mercy Boys (1999) 18 kappaletta
The Hunt in the Forest (2009) 14 kappaletta
The Myth of the Twin (1994) 13 kappaletta
Wild Reckoning (2004) — Toimittaja — 12 kappaletta
Swimming in the Flood (1995) 12 kappaletta
Still Life with Feeding Snake (2017) 10 kappaletta
Learning to Sleep (2021) 9 kappaletta
A Normal Skin (1997) 6 kappaletta
The Hoop (1988) 5 kappaletta
Common Knowledge (1991) 4 kappaletta
Versuch über das Licht (2011) 3 kappaletta
De bal in de inrichting (2010) 2 kappaletta
Images of Norbury Park (1998) 1 kappale
A poet's polemic (2003) 1 kappale
Dones (2013) 1 kappale
Angels and Animals (2000) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Meri, meri : romaani (1978) — Johdanto, eräät painokset3,579 kappaletta
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Avustaja — 280 kappaletta
Granta 94: On The Road Again (2006) — Avustaja — 135 kappaletta
Granta 119: Britain (2012) — Avustaja — 109 kappaletta
Emergency Kit (1996) — Avustaja, eräät painokset108 kappaletta
Crimespotting (1656) — Avustaja — 45 kappaletta
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
The Best British Short Stories 2011 (2011) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta
New Writing 13 (2005) — Avustaja — 17 kappaletta
Robert Graves and the classical tradition (2015) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta

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Maa (karttaa varten)
Scotland, UK
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK



Starting with the positive aspects, I did appreciate the Edgar Allan Poe inspiration, it made the narrator seem interesting in parts. All in all, I wouldn't say I didn't enjoy parts of it but I wouldn't read it again and I wouldn't recommend it either. It just didn't feel like enough things happened to justify reading it.
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icallithunger | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 27, 2024 |
A sad and moving tale from the poet/author John Burnside growing up in the 50's/60's in deprived area of Fife in Scotland with an alcoholic father. It's not Shuggie Bain hopelessness/grimness - his dad never misses a day of work ever (as this is seen as something a REAL man would never do) but a different sort of painful childhood upbringing.

The threat of violence rather than it's actual delivery, and the failed dreams of the father (and the lies he told) wearing down both his wife and family.

There's a poignant scene in the final chapter at his father's wake, where his barfly friends either don't wish to question the dead mans lies or choose to actually believe them.

Questioning them would reflect badly on them though, so they become gospel.

It's ironic, that people talk about the present generation as presenting one image (online) with the actual reality, and that it's a new thing.

For the males of that era and class, an image/story must be presented constantly regardless of the facts or the reality, and after a while it absorbs the lie element and becomes the truth.
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Ignatius777 | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 29, 2022 |
I've always loved poetry (in English, Portuguese, German, you name it), and a few years back made it a new year’s resolution to improve my knowledge and appreciation of the form. So in 2021 where better to start than this book, having long admired John Burnside's essays, nature writing, and, in particular, his wonderful three part memoir?

This is no dry anthology, each chapter is loosely devoted to poems on different subject matter - nature, love, work, war, religion, etc. (the "dailiness of life" is a recurrent theme) - and the author takes a handful of his favourite works to explain the techniques, political background and biographical notes behind the poetry. The result is a fascinating, extensively researched masterclass on all aspects of twentieth century poetry. Its sources are cosmopolitan and the reader is introduced to many less famous poets from all over the world. Burnside's writing is clear, with many learned digressions and some autobiographical notes to give the book an added warmth. His devotion to the form is infectious. On completing it, I immediately went back to read it again, there being so much wonderful content to absorb. One of my books of the year by a country mile, and highly recommended for anyone wanting to explore the world of poetry.

Couldn’t put it down. It was so beautifully written, so tragic and so shocking. I bawled my eyes out for pages at a time. A wonderful, wonderful book.
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antao | Jun 27, 2021 |
Seemed to be trying so hard to be clever that it missed out on having much heart.
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mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |



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