The London Pigeon Wars
4 journalers for this copy...
"the hat maker can't sell her hats, the dot.com whizz kid's gone bust, the tv personality's continually stopped in the street, mistaken for someone else. as for the poet? it's all too embarrassing. meanwhile, london's pigeons are at war. they're not sure what they're fighting about. it could be politics or personality or territory or religion. whatever. but it's definitely got something to do with the appearance of a bloke called murray ...the london pigeon wars is hilarious "
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Nice-cup-of-tea is going to release the book in Zurich at the end which is fab!
The novel weaves together two parallel stories, the human story of a group of former school friends who on the return of the "social terrorist" Murray into their lives decide to rob a bank for kicks. The second, bird story is narrated by a pigeon who tells of how he and the rest of London's pigeon population became self-aware and capable of language all at once on one particular day. I really enjoyed this part of the story which is written in a brilliant invented language using words like 'peepniks', 'squirms', 'niblets' and 'coochie'.
I'm not sure I necessarily understood all that Neate was getting at, but this was still a quirky and very entertaining read.
Thanks for sharing parsleyraisin.
On its way to UrbanSpaceman.
Will send on to ncot today or tomorrow.
Truth is, somehow I got the n-c-o-t's last name wrong (doh!). Anyway, I'll have another go and see if I can't get it right this time.
I think Neate really captures the essence of thirty-somethings in London, trying to find their way. My favourite quote:
"This party? It was full of successful London people. They were not all rich or powerful or happy but at least they took the starring roles in the imagined movies of their own lives. They were good at London and knew how to chew on the city like cows on the cud, pick it clean like jackals, gorge on its waste like pigeons." p18
I will be releasing this book in Zurich, I'm going to find a suitable Teddy on which to leave it!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I went to Buerkliplatz to release this book! The Buerkliplatz is the bridge which connects the Limmat river and Zurich Altstadt with the Zuerichsee (Zurich lake). Zurich doesn't have much of a pigeon problem (too clean and tidy and even the pigeons are 'swiss') but the Buerkliplatz does get some pigeon and swan visitors.
I found the perfect bear, called Zurich lake tourist to look after this London book :-)
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