"A Good Place to Die" - James Buchan - stunning

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Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:11 pm Post

Hello all

In search of a little mental chewing gum and stimulation, I picked up James Buchan's "A Good Place to Die" from the "Thrillers" category at the local library.

I was flabbergasted. This is a very significant literary work. In general, it is written in English which is a the kind of English that is the output of translation from Persian. I read a lot of that at one time, so once I woke up to what was going on, I fell into its rhythms and headspace. Persian is a beautiful language, by the way. Very poetic; not to say a touch over the top on occasion.

The protagonist is a young Englishman in Iran, Afghanistan and India in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. It is written as from the inside of what was happening there at the time. Really inside it. An extraordinarily credible voice.

No chewing gum here -- not much in the way of being a thriller, either. But a really good book. I'm going to be looking out for his other work. :D

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Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:54 pm Post

I was searching for this title here in the states and couldn't find it, but I suspect the novel was published under a different title called The Persian Bride.

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Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:24 pm Post

Hmmm !!! :shock:

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Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:52 am Post

I went back to "A Good Place to Die" having read that Guardian extract from another Buchan book. There is just nothing like that gaucheness apparent to my mind. Again, I was impressed.

Vermonter -- yes, same book.

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Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:54 am Post

Why is it that books are so often published in the US with different and usually vastly inferior titles?

"A Good Place to Die" is a book I would pick up and consider if I walked past its shelf in a bookshop, on my way to something else.

"The Persian Bridge" I would only read if it came recommended by 5 of my favourite authors, and even then I would be pretty skeptical.

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