Reviews: The Sound Of My Voice

THE SOUND OF MY VOICE –  new edition due out from Polygon, 5 April 2018.

THE SOUND OF MY VOICE

Prix Mille Pages 2004 in Best Foreign Novel category
Prix Lucioles 2005 in Best Foreign Novel category
Guardian’s List of Best Books – 1,000 Novels Everyone Must Read (between Samuel Butler and Albert Camus)
100 Best Scottish Books (the List)

‘Comparable to modern Scottish masterpieces such as Janice Galloway’s The Trick is to Keep Breathing or The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks, this is experimental, raw Scottish fiction at its best.’ The Bookseller’s Top Scottish Picks for 2018

‘a profound and beautifully written study of human fragility in the face of the brutalism of modern life.’ James Robertson

‘Playful, haunting and moving, this is writing of the highest quality . . . One of the most inventive and daring novels ever to have come out of Scotland.’ Ian Rankin

‘One of the class post-war Scottish novels. It’s simply a roaring success on all levels; it’s a genius piece of fiction.’ Irvine Welsh

‘Butlin’s novel deserves to be talked about in the same breath as Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day.’ Metro

‘An extraordinarily powerful and redemptive work, as impressive for its use of language as for its emotional appeal. Butlin’s only precursor is Kafka.’ Time Out

‘The Sound of My Voice is the sound of a writer at the peak of his power, and one of the most inventive and daring novels ever to have come out of Scotland. Ron Butlin is that rare breed – a poet who takes the novel form and shows it is ripe for reinvention. Playful, haunting and moving, this is writing of the highest quality.’
Ian Rankin

‘One of the classic post-war Scottish novels. It’s simply a roaring success on all levels; it’s a genius piece of fiction.’
Irvine Welsh in the Sunday Herald

‘One of the greatest pieces of fiction to come out of Britain in the 80s’
Irvine Welsh in the New York Village VoicE

‘A stylistic masterpiece . . . Chilling but extremely enjoyable.’
Daily Mail

‘Striking . . . extraordinary.’
The List

‘brilliantly-structured short novel . . . superb writing’
Joyce McMillan, ScotsmaN

‘Haunting, dark, relentless.’
Uncut

‘Brutal and bruising, this is as near the edge as you can get without falling. Totally recommended.’
Crack

 

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