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Natterjack (1996)

by Niall Duthie

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Duthie ... has fashioned a whole new language in the telling of his curious tales; a language precise, proud, lyrical and elegant, all the time pushing at the boundaries of sense and meaning. Duthie produces prose poems rather than prose... he is deserving of our attention, precisely because of his uniqueness … a voice we have not encountered elsewhere.. .. Natterjack ... exerts a weird, almost hypnotic pull that can be difficult to resist. ... a virtuoso exercise in shaping a fictional universe which demands we look anew at what surrounds us.
 
‘extraordinarily accomplished .... the publication of this unique and powerful novel is an event worth taking notice of.’ (The Independent)
 
'Niall Duthie is a fine writer of elegant prose. His work combines pleasantly bitter humour with evidence of a voracious intellect and a remarkable tenderness. (Taken from paperback book cover, Faber and Faber, 1997)
added by alymonroe | editA.L.Kennedy (quote on book cover)
 
The novel's extraordinary life and richness lie in the fact that more is revealed in how the story is told than in what is related ... Duthie offers us one dazzling, brutal or scaldingly funny detail after another. (Taken from the paperback book cover, Faber and Faber, 1997)
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'The task that Duthie sets himself in his second novel is great. The ambition is worthy of Macbeth and the tale no less salutory. It resonates Carey's 'Illywhacker' of O'Brien's 'At Swim Two Birds', or Eco's 'Foucault's Pendulum' and yet remains entirely sui generis.' (Taken from the paperback cover, Faber and Faber, 1997)
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In a room 'overlooking the slug-slick blue of the Mediterranean', R.T. Shearer tells us about his life. An exploration of language, of youthful hurt, unrequited desire and the comic possibilities of dismay, 'Natterjack' confirms Niall Duthie as one of Scotland's most original writers.  (Taken from the paperback book cover, Faber and Faber, 1997) 
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