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The Next Big Thing Audiobook

The Next Big Thing

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At seventy-three, Herz is facing an increasingly bewildering world. He cannot see his place in it or even work out what to do with his final years. Questions and misunderstandings haunt Herz like old ghosts. Should he travel, sell his flat, or propose marriage to a friend he has not seen in thirty years? The letters he writes and does not send and the passers-by he encounters remind him how out of touch he is, how detached from the modern world. Yet Herz believes that he must do something, only he doesn't know what this next big thing in life should be...

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    Elisabeth Harpenden, Herts, United Kingdom 31/01/2011
    Elisabeth Harpenden, Herts, United Kingdom 31/01/2011 Member Since 2006
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    "thoughful and moving"

    a sensitively told tale of older man and the loneliness of later life spent on one's own. well told and moving. not the most cheerful of stories but a salutory lesson in the importance keeping up one's contacts and being thoughtful of older people who spend too much time alone. we're not exploting this source of experience properly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom 28/06/2008
    Stephen Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom 28/06/2008 Member Since 2016

    Classics,contemporary fiction, Politics, Philosophy, Economics - a weekly eye on The New Yorker & The Guardian and dense word style/play.

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    "McEwan? - Here's England's best author by far...."

    Following the TV adaptation of Hotel du Lac, Anita Brookner has slipped off the popular culture radar screen for all but those who are prepared to search her out. Unlike the boneless ominpresent Ian McEwan, here is a rare and delicate treat, but with a rock-hard underbelly of brutality buried neatly and carefully enveloped at the heart of this novel. The brutality of our everyday life stripped of all of our small and individual pretensions. And that this Courtauld courtesan can deliver a sledgehammer blow to the bohemian-bourgeois orthodoxy by which we paddle our boats up the high street of life is a continuing joy.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    04/02/12
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    "Would be stronger as a novella"
    Would you try another book from Anita Brookner and/or Stephen Thorne?

    I have read Brookner before and like her. I was looking forward to another blend of erudite description and wry insights. That is indeed here, but along with too much filler and repeat.


    Would you recommend The Next Big Thing to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. There are great sections of this book that I'd certainly share. But I cannot recommend the entire book.


    What about Stephen Thorne???s performance did you like?

    Fine performance, but brooske for brusque was comical.


    Could you see The Next Big Thing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


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