Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Patrick DeWitt, Granta Books, 2010
In a seedy bar in Hollywood, a whiskey-loving barman is drawn into the nocturnal world of his sociopathic clientele, with their squabbles, delusions and bizarre acts of violence. In this brilliantly funny portrait of addiction and its consequences, escape offers the only chance of survival. Utterly absorbing and surprisingly tender, Ablutions is a startlingly bold and original debut.

‘Quite brilliant . . . A brief, intense and carefully sustained piece of writing about the blurry edges of existence, shot though with remarkable lucidity. Warning: Cheers it isn’t’ Guardian 

No comments: