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by Tim Parks
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Genre Fiction
  • Author:
    Tim Parks
  • ISBN:
    0434577456
  • ISBN13:
    978-0434577453
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  • Publisher:
    Grove Press; 1ST edition (1993)
  • Pages:
    5 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Genre Fiction
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    1709 kb
  • Rating:
    4.6
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    637
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Shear, " a geological term, occurs when "pressure is applied in at least two different and not diametrically opposite directions, " and in Shear Tim Parks has created a shattering portrait of a man confronting multiple forces an. .

Shear, " a geological term, occurs when "pressure is applied in at least two different and not diametrically opposite directions, " and in Shear Tim Parks has created a shattering portrait of a man confronting multiple forces and mounting obsessions. But his blithe plans are disrupted by the arrival of the dead man's widow, hell-bent on revenge; a fax from his wife announcing her pregnancy; and a threatening dispute with the quarry owners. By the time the home office instructs him to drop the case, it is too late.

Timothy Harold Parks (born 19 December 1954) is a British novelist, translator, author and professor of literature. He is the author of nineteen works of fiction (notably Europa, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1997)

Timothy Harold Parks (born 19 December 1954) is a British novelist, translator, author and professor of literature. He is the author of nineteen works of fiction (notably Europa, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1997). His first novel, Tongues of Flame, won both the Betty Trask Award and Somerset Maugham Award in 1986. In the same year, Parks was awarded the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for Loving Roger.

Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981 he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since, raising a family of three children. He has written fourteen novels including Europa (shortlisted for the Booker prize), Destiny, Cleaver, and most recently In Extremis.

When Tim Parks first moved to Verona he found it irresistible and infuriating in equal measure; this book is the story of his love affair with i. George Crawley has finally got his life running along satisfyingly straight lines.

When Tim Parks first moved to Verona he found it irresistible and infuriating in equal measure; this book is the story of his love affair with it. Infused with an objective passion, he unpicks the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Italian culture with wit and affection. Italian Neighbours is travel writing at its best. Having made a success of his career and saved his faltering marriage, he is secure in the belief that he is master of his own destiny.

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A geologist turns sleuth in this engrossing and beautifully written suspense novel set in Greece by the author of the. A New York Times Notable Book. Hired to write as damning a report as possible, Peter brings his young mistress and pushes his wife and family to the back of his mind.

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Some writers can do a lot with a bare premise for a plot, expertly weaving interesting subplots and characters around in a mosaic that captures the reader's imagination even though the reader may ultimately remember little of the story. William Gay and Richard Russo are examples. Other writers, like Tim Parks, take what should be very entertaining premises for novels and turn them into psychological tales of guilt and deception, sapping almost all of the entertainment out of a good story. Shear is an example.
I had previously read Europa by Tim Parks, and while that book didn't overwhelm me I recognized Parks' writing skills and thought I should give him another try, considering the acclaim he receives in England and elsewhere. Having read Shear, I have to face the fact that maybe he just isn't my type of author. Shear takes place on a sunswept Mediterranean island, although we seldom learn very much about our setting other than that. The protagonist is geologist Peter Nicholson, sent from his home office to investigate a rock quarry and to write a report explaining a slab's collapse in a construction project that killed a worker in Australia.
Peter is not a terribly sympathetic character, he brought his 22 year old mistress Margaret along for a little fun in the sun, (he is 40 with a pregnant wife and kids at home). Peter receives a fax from his wife announcing her pregnancy, and much of what constitutes "drama" in the novel surrounds Peter's guilt at his inexplicable failure to respond, by phone or even by fax, to his wife's announcement. Peter is desperate to prolong his relationship with young Margaret, sensing that she is about through with him, and yet he wastes no time in bedding a beautiful interpreter on the island named Thea, even as he realizes she was probably put in his path to soften the blow of his report on the construction mishap.
You would think with all this infidelity, and with the drama surrounding a contruction accident (the widow from Australia shows up demanding answers, and determined to find a guilty scapegoat), that the plot would be fast-paced and dramatic. Wrong. Parks endlessly piles on these rock metaphors, and spends so much time exploring Peter's guilty psyche that basically every other character is simply along for the ride.
We care little for Margaret or Thea, cause the author barely describes them. At times, when Peter is crawling in or out of bed with one of them, I had to go back a page or two to find out which girl he was sleeping with presently. We know nothing of how the affair with Margaret got started, and have no real visual picture of any character in the novel. As for setting, Joseph Conrad in Nostromo made his Central American mining locale a principal player in the story; here there is nothing very unique or memorable in the locale.
The book was relatively short, at about 200 pages, but seemed longer to me since after about 25 pages a night I put it down. Many love Park's psychological style, as the editorial reviews and positive Amazon feedback attests, but in this reviewer's humble opinion Shear was a swing and a miss.
Phallozs Dwarfs
If there is such a thing as a metaphysical thriller, "Shear" is it. Tim Parks presents an account of a self-absorbed geologist taking advantage of a seemingly straightforward site visit to a quarry on a Mediterranean island to indulge his libido, shot through with deeply philosophical musings about the elemental qualities of the earth. Although a little laboured at times, Parks' reflections on light, pressure, resistance and breaking points play out intriguingly as the visit morphs into an increasingly risky investigation of death and deceit.
Jugami
I read all of his books and this is my favorite.I now just wanted to add my 5 stars to improve the statistics.