Monday, January 24, 2005

7:What kind of person is Magnus Mills?

His books are just so strange. And his writing has this amazing childlike quality to it. In The Scheme for Full Employment, Mills has created a seemingly simple tale about men who drive vans full of important equipment from depot to depot. They seem to live in a world that's as wholesome as Camberwick Green or Trumpton, but, as always with Mills' books, there's a claustrophobic feeling that all is not as pleasant as it appears on the surface.

One of Magnus Mills' great strengths is being able to take the most boring existences and make them seem fascinating, or at least make you understand how the people who do these jobs can fall under their spell and become unable to see anything outside them.

A very quick read, this book, but that doesn't mean that it's slight.

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