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Ordinary Thunderstorms de [Boyd, William]
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"A thrilling story."--"The Daily Beast"

Boyd has constructed a narrative machine of hilarious, near-impossible intricacy for the purpose of demonstrating that identity is fragile and that instinct, for better or worse, is not. . . . He is a debonair, versatile, casually philosophical literary entertainer clever and thoughtful. --"The New York Times Book Review""

Charles Dickens lurks in the shadows of William Boyd s gripping new novel, "Ordinary Thunderstorms," which . . . has a Dickensian cast of characters predators and prey, tycoons and paupers, charlatans and stooges orbiting one another in the mean streets of London. --"The Wall Street Journal""

Boyd is highly adept at doing what novelists do best: exploring the multifarious possibilities implicit in human life. --"The Los Angeles Times""

William Boyd delivers a multiplot thriller full of twists and turns in "Ordinary Thunderstorms." --"Harper's Bazaar""

A thrilling story. --"The Daily Beast""

Impressive. . . . Rich and engaging. . . . Boyd creates the rich spectrum of London with arresting cinematic detail. . . . Boyd gives a harrowing sense of how close and yet how distant the nether life of a large city is. --Ron Charles, "The Washington Post""

"Boyd has constructed a narrative machine of hilarious, near-impossible intricacy for the purpose of demonstrating that identity is fragile and that instinct, for better or worse, is not. . . . He is a debonair, versatile, casually philosophical literary entertainer--clever and thoughtful."--The New York Times Book Review

"Charles Dickens lurks in the shadows of William Boyd's gripping new novel, Ordinary Thunderstorms, which . . . has a Dickensian cast of characters--predators and prey, tycoons and paupers, charlatans and stooges--orbiting one another in the mean streets of London."--The Wall Street Journal

"Boyd is highly adept at doing what novelists do best: exploring the multifarious possibilities implicit in human life."--The Los Angeles Times

"William Boyd delivers a multiplot thriller full of twists and turns in Ordinary Thunderstorms."--Harper's Bazaar

"A thrilling story."--The Daily Beast

"Impressive. . . . Rich and engaging. . . . Boyd creates the rich spectrum of London with arresting cinematic detail. . . . Boyd gives a harrowing sense of how close and yet how distant the nether life of a large city is."--Ron Charles, The Washington Post

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What is the devastating effect on your life when, through no fault of your own, you lose everything - home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, money, credit cards, mobile phone - and you can never get them back? This is what happens to a young man called Adam Kindred, one May evening in Chelsea, London, when a freakish series of malign accidents and a split-second decision turns his life upside down for ever.

The police are searching for him. There is a reward for his capture. A hired killer is stalking him. He is alone and anonymous in the huge, pitiless modern city. Adam has nowhere to go but down - underground. He decides to join that vast army of the disappeared and the missing that throng the lowest level of London's population as he tries to figure out what to do with his life and struggles to understand the forces that have made it unravel so spectacularly. His quest will take him all along the River Thames, from affluent Chelsea to the sink estates of the East End, and on the way he encounters all manner of London's denizens - aristocrats, prostitutes, priests and policewomen amongst them - and version after new version of himself.

William Boyd's electric follow-up to Costa Novel of the Year Restless is a heart-in-mouth conspiracy novel about the fragility of social identity, the scandal of big business, and the secrets that lie hidden in the filthy underbelly of every city.


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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 1307 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 417
  • Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing; Edición: 1 (7 de septiembre de 2009)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B002RZZIXK
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  • Valoración media de los clientes: 4.3 de un máximo de 5 estrellas 3 opiniones de clientes
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I just couldn't stop reading it... It is interesting, keeps the tension all the time and the writing style is easy enaugh for people who speak English as a second language with certain fluency.
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Long, boring and at times the plot seems created by a 2 year old.. it's not completely bad and I managed to finish it, but it's not one of the best mistery book you'll ever read, there are tons better than this one.
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Wonderfully written story. Different from the usual predictable stories. William Boyd writes from the heart and has a great grasp of human emotions.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 de un máximo de 5 estrellas 117 opiniones
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Fine Author Produces 'Innocent Man' Murder Thriller 19 de agosto de 2016
Por James Ellsworth - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
I have read other William Boyd books so I 'look out' for new ones and try them. For my money, he is a fine writer of suspense who offers well-developed characters and plots and serves them up with a good dash of local color and human insight. The point in this outing is that 'ordinary thunderstorms' can spiral out of control, particularly in human interactions. There is murder and mayhem. Tension comes from the 'innocent man in the wrong place' and the hero is 'on the run' from both the police and from the real killer. Business malfeasance plays a role in the plot and in the intellectual content of the story. This novel is gritty without being gross: readers will not wake up from bad dreams in the middle of the night.
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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas What Happened to This Edition??? 19 de febrero de 2015
Por DelphiD - Publicado en Amazon.com
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The storyline is fine though not as compelling for me as that of Boyd's Restless. My rating has to do with the print errors. There are countless editing/typeset errors that are distracting to the point of making the beginning of the book almost unreadable. These are not occasional errors; they are incessant. The publisher is Harper Perennial. It has - P.S. Insights, Interviews & More - on the cover. Many of the errors have to do with unusually large spacing in contractions and possessives: it 's, he 's, water 's edge, Adam 's briefcase, Wang 's file. Besides this, words are run together; letters are superimposed over each other. There are occasional random spaces in the middle of words such as - con fidence - on page 13. There are words run together such as - whosefingerprints - on page 27. I'm hoping that this edition is a fluke, because I've never before seen anything like this!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Extraordinary writing 29 de enero de 2010
Por John Joss - Publicado en Amazon.com
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William Boyd is a literary craftsman whose skills keep the reader enthralled and informed from the first page to the last. He is the antidote to all the overpraised writers fawned over erroneously in the current publishing climate of `name' and `brand' because they lucked into (often undeserved) popularity. Boyd is the real thing: a writer.

`Ordinary Thunderstorms' (the title reflects the way in which simple climatic phenomena can grow in complexity to major events) is brilliantly observed and meticulously written. No reader in the U.S. should stay away simply because it deals significantly with London and the Thames. It explains much that curious and intelligent readers want to know about any major world city, a stunning insider view that strips modern London to its truths.

Boyd takes us into the times, places and events with unerring skill, drawing out the characters with exquisite detail of appearance, speech, environment, motivation and behavior. This is a thriller of extraordinary dimensions, and one can only hope it will be filmed, to provide (yet again) counterpoint to the mindless drivel that passes increasingly for movie entertainment these days.

I will not reveal the plot. The suspense is excruciating, and who would deny a reader that pleasure? Suffice it to say that Boyd traces the life and transformation into other worlds and identities of a young British college professor, newly returned to the U.K. from the U.S., dragged unsuspecting into a murder for which he is considered guilty. As it evolves, the story encompasses a pharmaceutical-corporation deception of global intricacy, a murder-for-hire thug, a young black prostitute and her son, a revivalist mission, and the London police. Every character is memorable, every chapter turns the screw tighter, until the reader is caught up in the plot intricacies at ever-heightened levels of tension and anxiety. In this, Boyd shows his skills as a writer: it all fits, like the structure of a complex pharmaceutical molecule, and the necessary suspensions of disbelief are few and forgivable. This is entertainment at rarified levels of execution.

Boyd does one other thing, and it is important. He never overwrites. He uses only the right amount of unaffected words and appropriate levels of detail to tell his story. In this (read some of my other reviews for amplification) he provides a model for other writers who apparently can't stop themselves from telling us too much, in too lengthy and repetitive forms, and who seem to be in love with the sound of their own voices. Boyd "tells it like it is" as directly as he can. He richly deserves all the praise that is heaped on him in the UK.
1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas I'm-HYPHEN-HYPHEN-Not So Sure H-Y-P-H-E-N That I Can-Finish It 5 de agosto de 2014
Por Thriller Junkie - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
I'm trying, I'm REALLY trying to like this book. I'm 40% in and it doesn't seem to be going anyplace. And those darn hyphens everywhere. I'm reading on a Kindle Paperwhite Ver. 2.0 and nothing will get rid of them. I've changed text size and that didn't help either. Either this is a print to ebook conversion artifact, or the Brits have no idea how to use a hyphen in a sentence. I'll go for the latter since the rest of the book is chock loaded with punctuation errors. It's also full of nonsense names, nonsense locations, and I'm starting to believe, nonsense people and plots as well. This is my first book by this author and I guarantee it's my last and only as well. I'm glad I only paid $2.00 (on a special 50 books for two bucks offer) because I would be real pissed off if I had spent the full $10.23 Amazon is charging for this. If I can make it all the way to the hy-phen-at-ed very stilted end I'll come back and add final impressions to this review. If I don't come back here to add an update then just figure that I couldn't stand to pull any more of my hair out and that I didn't complete the book.

EDIT: Upon actually finishing this book I can say that the ending was a big let down. Everybody in this story (actually around four different stories) was a scoundrel and/or a weasel with none of the characters likable. I really wanted to like the main protagonist, Adam, but as the story progressed I started to hate him more and more. What a sorry piece of trash, both Adam and the story! I've downgraded this book to one star and would give it zero if I were allowed to do so.
3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Down and outlaw in perilous London - 3+ 24 de septiembre de 2012
Por Blue in Washington - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Author of note William Boyd tries his hand at a crime thriller and delivers a decent, if rather unfinished, story. This is one of those novels that you enjoy throughout --Boyd's usual original and interesting characters, good pacing with a lot of interweaving of different protagonist vs. antagonist perspectives, skilled e evoking of place and atmosphere, etc.--but at the end you're left asking a dozen questions about unresolved character relationships, unlikely actions/reactions and whether the author intends to write a sequel (which is badly needed, in my opinion).

"Ordinary Thunderstorms" (still not completely sure if the title is apt) is more or less the story of a decent, intelligent 30-something scientist who inadvertently walks into murder cum industrial crime situation (think Le Carre on the latter subject) who panics and goes underground to avoid the police and the murder victim's killer. He is quickly the focus of both police and murderer's attentions and is gradually forced into trying to resolve the original murder himself.

The best part of this book is the range of characters that author Boyd sets at play. What works less well the over dependence on random chance for the action scenes and the counter-intuitive decisions by the protagonist and other principal characters. By the end of the book, you're thinking--wow, this is really some fine writing, but what about all those holes?!
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