- By James Palumbo

Tomas

  • Title: Tomas
  • Author: James Palumbo
  • ISBN: 9780704371583
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tomas There has been much talk of late about how the continuing financial turmoil will find expression in the arts Will the literature of this depression match the quality of that created in the s Impos

    There has been much talk of late about how the continuing financial turmoil will find expression in the arts Will the literature of this depression match the quality of that created in the 1930s Impossible to pr cis its narrative, Palumbo s story weaves and curves its way around the adventures of Tomas, a young man ensconced in a world of wealth, privilege and corruption.There has been much talk of late about how the continuing financial turmoil will find expression in the arts Will the literature of this depression match the quality of that created in the 1930s Impossible to pr cis its narrative, Palumbo s story weaves and curves its way around the adventures of Tomas, a young man ensconced in a world of wealth, privilege and corruption.Like Candide and Gulliver before him, Tomas s adventures will startle the reader s imagination, yet linger in her mind What seems grotesque, even impossible, has already happened For excess of imagination, passion, outrage, death and love, greed and vice, often provide a clearer view of life.

    1 thought on “Tomas

    1. Strangely, I feel vaguely guilty for not liking this novel more. I had high hopes of social satire on modern celebrity culture & the immorally hedonistic lifestyle of the super-rich & mega-famous. Instead, Tomas is merely a gross charicature which is as equally lacking in substance as its subject matter. A darn cynical charicature, too - apparently the only cure for the celebrity disease is to kill them all off. And replace them with what, exactly?In the pretext 'warning' (HOW pretentiou [...]

    2. I'm sure there was a point at which I was enjoying this book, perhaps the scene where Tereza tortures the banker with the hungry pigs (an idea that anyone would appreciate, surely). However, the ham-fisted attempts at satire and the non-plot began to grate on me to a point where I couldn't even finish the damn thing; I can't begin to imagine why Stephen Fry thinks that this is a work of genius. It fails to have either depth or basic characterization.

    3. The kind of thing that Hunter S Thompson might have written had he not been getting good acid, or if he'd lost a day or so hanging out with William Buroughs. Entertaining but nothing new. My fault for believing the advertising hype, I guess!

    4. Critical views on the modern dystopia. Nice to see that others think the same way as me regarding the idolatry of celebrity, the overpaid pointlessness of professional football and the inane banality of TV. Very good. Pass the automatic weapons someone

    5. I didn't finish reading this book because I thought it was awful! If I could give it 0 stars or 1/2 a star I would.

    6. Shocking, titillating, I honestly couldn't put it down. An absolutely brilliant satyrical commentary on pop culture and our obsession with, well, sh*t TV.

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