Sample Saturday – relationships, starvation, and soccer hooligans


Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas

Why I have it: Latest from Tsiolkas.

Summary: Love, sex, death, family, friendship, betrayal, tenderness, sacrifice and revelation – all in short-story format.

I’m thinking: Yes. Tsiolkas just knows how to hit that middle-class nerve.

Starvation Mode by Elissa Washuta

Why I have it: No idea.

Summary: A memoir about food and control, told as a series of rules to eat and live by.

I’m thinking: No. I’ve had enough hunger stories after reading Wright’s excellent essays earlier in the year.

Among the Thugs by Bill Buford

Why I have it: Came across it via my sports novels top ten.

Summary: The experience and attraction of (soccer) crowd violence.

I’m thinking: Maybe. Was my extensive reading after the Hillsborough tragedy enough…?

11 responses

    • The Slap is a confronting book (lots of strong language but all in context) but very good and a ripping choice for book groups – guaranteed to generate lots of discussion!

  1. I have to admit I hated Merciless Gods. HATED it. Only read half I couldn’t stand to keep going. It felt as if he was trying too hard – raising as many issues as possible but then only dealing with them in a really superficial way. I finished most of the stories thinking… “That’s it?”

  2. I really want to like Tsiolkas. I think I’ve said to you before that I gave up on The Slap quite early on (but would like to give it another go), and the only other book of his I’ve read was Loaded. I liked that, but didn’t love it. I am a fan of his feature articles though – the guy knows how to string a sentence together, that’s for sure. I just need to find that one book of his that enamours him to me and then I’ll be ok.

      • I tried watching the adaptation, but Melissa George annoys me so I gave up. I own The Slap, so I feel like I need to read it one day. I think now having read Loaded and some of his feature articles puts me in a better position to try it again – I just couldn’t get into his writing last time and all of the characters were pretty awful.

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