`Devil May Care` is most reviewed book this week, although not all favourably
Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming was the most reviewed book last weekend (30th May to 1st June), following a week of PR stunts and hype generated by publisher Penguin - reports The Bookseller
The new James Bond book was judged enjoyable by most, but some of the reviewers preferred to highlight its faults. Peter Hitchens in the Mail on Sunday admitted âthat once Iâd fought my way past the many improbabilities and the slightly laboured style, I did want to keep turning the pagesâ. He went on, however, to lament the lack of accuracy from Faulks, and concluded âif only [Faulks] had written it as himselfâ.
Hitchensâ brother Christopher took the reviewerâs mantle in the Financial Times, writing: âFleming used to claim that he marched the plot along fast enough to silence all the doubts about its credibility - a guileless yet brilliant tactic. But Faulks takes fatally too long to smuggle his own effort past the customs.â
Andrew Taylor in the Daily Express found that the plot âreads as if itâs had a shot of literary Viagra, pumped up so thereâs no danger of mistaking it for realityâ and that Devil May Care was âgood funâ.
Joseph Connolly in the Daily Mail, meanwhile, said the book was ârather [good]â. âFaulks is an excellent parodist - Devil May Care is smattered with plausible Bondisms - and a notable mimic of accent, style and nuance,â added Connolly. âThe difference is of course, that Felming spoke the language.â
Jeffery Taylor in the Sunday Express is the most effusive, assessing that Devil May Care is âa warm-hearted, superbly crafted pastiche and like all good reproductions has its own unique qualityâ, and added: âthe depth of Faulksâs research is staggering and relentlessly played back as the precisely judged chapters ease you alongâ.
âSmattered with plausible Bondismsâ Daily Mail
âSuperbly crafted pasticheâ Sunday Express
âSometimes it all seems a little familiarâ Daily Express
âFull of lazy errorsâ Mail on Sunday
âA brave effortâ Observer
âA superficially classic Bond caperâ Times
âEverything is laboriously spelled outâ Financial Times
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