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Downriver (1991)

by Iain Sinclair

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Tough to read! If ever a book was a boxing match, this is the one. I've emerged from twelve punishing rounds aching and bruised, nursing injuries which I have no recall of sustaining. This is a monster of a book that envelopes you, pulls you down into the rancid soft mud at the bottom of the Thames and beats your brains out.

It is glorious but unforgiving and brutal - stuffed with luminescent similes and remorseless grime. Here is a London that no amount of spit and wash can cleanse from your teeth. The narrative is broken and difficult to follow, as though you are being dragged through it unwillingly, drugged up to the eyeballs.

Wherever you have landed up, gagged and bound, dumped out of the noisome boot of a beat-up gear-crunching sixties Ford - beware, the tide is rising, an ooze of fetid sediment is creeping into your nostrils and those goons may not yet be gone. ( )
1 vote dylanwolf | Sep 30, 2009 |
Sinclair's second novel is most of these things: brilliant, vicious, difficult, lyrical, brutal, epic, unreadable, compulsively readable, dark, funny, frustrating, rewarding.
2 vote sb3000 | Nov 29, 2007 |
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'Crazy, dangerous, prophetic' - Angela Carter. In "Downriver", Iain Sinclair traces the ruins of Margaret Thatcher's reign through the lens of a fictional film crew that has been hired to make a documentary about what's left of London's river life. The Thames may still flow through the heart of the capital, but life along its shores has changed dramatically. "Downriver" is a savage, satirical quest to understand how people's lives, government's policies and a legendary water land conspire together in a boggling display of self-destruction.

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