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The Syllabus of Errors is a story seuence a mixture of contemporary and historical episodes A cast of loners and romantics explore how our anxious present is mirrored in the uncertainties of the inter war period with its crashes and crises Ultimately it conveys a coded warning from history about what can come to fill I am so glad I read this book of stories Stunningly stylish writing Memorable characters and settings Brilliant wit and a kind of fearlessness The title story was one of the funniest I ve ever read The opening story was utterly gripping in its intensity it left me breathless Each story has its delights and its surprises They linger with you and like dreams they become part of your experienceAs you move through the book you know that you can trust the voice It won t let you down It doesn t And when you finish the last tale you get a sense of the whole and it leaves you inspired by what can be done in the short form but than that it leaves you hungry for life and for historySome really smart linking between the stories gracefully done I cannot recommend this book highly enough A superb collection Do yourself a favour and check it out I look forward to Ashley Stokes next collection I will certainly be reading it Double Jeopardy uncertainties of the inter war period with its crashes and crises Ultimately it conveys a coded warning from history about what can come to fill I am so glad I read this book of stories Stunningly stylish writing Memorable characters and settings Brilliant wit and a kind of fearlessness The title story was one of the funniest I ve ever read The opening story was Einsteins Generation utterly gripping in its intensity it left me breathless Each story has its delights and its surprises They linger with you and like dreams they become part of your experienceAs you move through the book you know that you can trust the voice It won t let you down It doesn t And when you finish the last tale you get a sense of the whole and it leaves you inspired by what can be done in the short form but than that it leaves you hungry for life and for historySome really smart linking between the stories gracefully done I cannot recommend this book highly enough A superb collection Do yourself a favour and check it out I look forward to Ashley Stokes next collection I will certainly be reading it

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The void when universally accepted notions of democracy and liberal capitalism are being uestioned as nowThe restless and rootless characters dream of idealized cities or moments in the personal or historical past which they feel could offer their escape Historically Sally Bowles and Fritz Lang's M join hands in Wei I m a greedy reader If I m enjoying a novel short story or memoir I ve a tendency to devour but there are works that demand to be savoured to be read slowly carefully given serious thought They re so rich that gobbling is rendered nigh on impossible Ashley Stokes s short story seuence The Syllabus of Errors is one such bookDavid Rose s splendid introduction prepares the reader for an erudite and considered collection and invites readers to draw comparisons with the work of Joseph Roth and Roberto Bolano The settings of the stories range from pre fascist Italy Weimar Berlin and modern day London and many feature characters with a keen interest in Hitler studies and the history of the interwar years But that s not the end of itThemes of persecution real and imagined obsession and as Stokes so elouently puts it Getting in a State thread through the narratives The weight of history is ever present the threat of violence lurks in the shadows In I Remember Nothing a gifted impressionable school boy endures a heroic act of post colonial resistance from another pupil and finds intellectual stimulation with a war criminal hiding out in suburban Surrey in The First Suggestion of Night the bullying of a politician by Mussolini supporters in pre fascist Rome is rather sinister and organised Men obsess over women and careers on the skids in Post Leading Man Ultima Thule and Abyssinia and missed chances in Island Gardens and Storming the Bastille Characters from one story appear as extras in another and one even claims authorship of an earlier story Inventive brilliantI ll talk a little about Abyssinia not only because it s my favourite story in the collection though it s a close call with I Remember Nothing and The First Suggestion of Night but also because for me it encapsulates all that is to be admired in the twelve tales well structured compelling narratives insightful pin point accurate characterisation compassion and oodles of wit As in the best tragedies laugh out loud moments are juxtaposed with the shocking and moving the poignancy all the powerful for the humour that precedes it In Abyssinia we follow Mellis an art historian and alcoholic facing dismissal from his post as he leaves AE and wanders through the city recalling a missed opportunity with a woman he met at an exhibition His insectoid fascist Human Resources Manager is now this woman s beau Mellis s growing rancour at a world where mediocrity and stupidity are celebrated slides into realisation he is haunted by the ghost of what he once was and what he must become again a visionary dreamer A ghost if you re lucky enough to have one returns you to the glimpse of a frontier you saw ahead long ago a Great Wall The portrayal of a man on the edge is intricately and compassionately depicted All the characters in The Syllabus of Errors are exiles in some way from their hopes dreams younger happier selvesAnd just as the stories examine the tensions and concerns of our times drawing parallels with those of history characters look inwards at their personal histories asking that perennial uestion what if Perhaps the best way to sum up the seuence is to draw on Stokes s own words In I Remember Nothing history teacher Mr Priskin observes There is no truth People in the past found their times as confusing as we do our own There are only uestions and versions Just make sure you always choose the human version OK These stories are beautifully human versions of truth which raise some important uestions Thought provoking and profound Often a platitude but not so with these stories You ll read them again and again Divine Fishes of the Open Ocean universally accepted notions of democracy and liberal capitalism are being Out of Bounds (Boundaries, uestioned as nowThe restless and rootless characters dream of idealized cities or moments in the personal or historical past which they feel could offer their escape Historically Sally Bowles and Fritz Lang's M join hands in Wei I m a greedy reader If I m enjoying a novel short story or memoir I ve a tendency to devour but there are works that demand to be savoured to be read slowly carefully given serious thought They re so rich that gobbling is rendered nigh on impossible Ashley Stokes s short story seuence The Syllabus of Errors is one such bookDavid Rose s splendid introduction prepares the reader for an erudite and considered collection and invites readers to draw comparisons with the work of Joseph Roth and Roberto Bolano The settings of the stories range from pre fascist Italy Weimar Berlin and modern day London and many feature characters with a keen interest in Hitler studies and the history of the interwar years But that s not the end of itThemes of persecution real and imagined obsession and as Stokes so elouently puts it Getting in a State thread through the narratives The weight of history is ever present the threat of violence lurks in the shadows In I Remember Nothing a gifted impressionable school boy endures a heroic act of post colonial resistance from another pupil and finds intellectual stimulation with a war criminal hiding out in suburban Surrey in The First Suggestion of Night the bullying of a politician by Mussolini supporters in pre fascist Rome is rather sinister and organised Men obsess over women and careers on the skids in Post Leading Man Ultima Thule and Abyssinia and missed chances in Island Gardens and Storming the Bastille Characters from one story appear as extras in another and one even claims authorship of an earlier story Inventive brilliantI ll talk a little about Abyssinia not only because it s my favourite story in the collection though it s a close call with I Remember Nothing and The First Suggestion of Night but also because for me it encapsulates all that is to be admired in the twelve tales well structured compelling narratives insightful pin point accurate characterisation compassion and oodles of wit As in the best tragedies laugh out loud moments are juxtaposed with the shocking and moving the poignancy all the powerful for the humour that precedes it In Abyssinia we follow Mellis an art historian and alcoholic facing dismissal from his post as he leaves AE and wanders through the city recalling a missed opportunity with a woman he met at an exhibition His insectoid fascist Human Resources Manager is now this woman s beau Mellis s growing rancour at a world where mediocrity and stupidity are celebrated slides into realisation he is haunted by the ghost of what he once was and what he must become again a visionary dreamer A ghost if you re lucky enough to have one returns you to the glimpse of a frontier you saw ahead long ago a Great Wall The portrayal of a man on the edge is intricately and compassionately depicted All the characters in The Syllabus of Errors are exiles in some way from their hopes dreams younger happier selvesAnd just as the stories examine the tensions and concerns of our times drawing parallels with those of history characters look inwards at their personal histories asking that perennial Grass, Sky, Song uestion what if Perhaps the best way to sum Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos up the seuence is to draw on Stokes s own words In I Remember Nothing history teacher Mr Priskin observes There is no truth People in the past found their times as confusing as we do our own There are only The Illusionists uestions and versions Just make sure you always choose the human version OK These stories are beautifully human versions of truth which raise some important O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, uestions Thought provoking and profound Often a platitude but not so with these stories You ll read them again and again Divine

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Mar Berlin a faceless soldier wanders through a war torn city looking for his lost love an artist high on modernism gets caught up in a political assassination in Fascist Italy Personally they dream of capturing that unfulfilled promise that missed perfect kiss that unresolved moment that thing that should have lived According to the blurb The Syllabus of Errors features a cast of loners and romantics trapped in the upheavals of the period between the world wars and tries to convey to us a warning of what may come to fill our current void In this it succeeds Idiomatically too it is bold apercus jostle with loaded apercus historical erudition informs the wordplay and there s not a line wasted All is significance and much is uietly profound Most of it is uite brilliant I particularly liked The First Suggestion of Night Abyssinia I Remember NothingStokes writing is a high wire act mind and there is the occasional wobble These may be stories of obsession but even so the relentless breathless nature of his prose can sometimes seem a little dense An example is The Prettiest Girl in Berlin In a fulsome and informative introduction David Rose says the story takes huge risks with obscurity but also that they are entirely justified I m not so sure Similarly Marmara although written in a less brimming register would perhaps benefit from still space and uietThis is a minor beef when set beside the achievement of The Syllabus of Errors however Its singular nature is such that it is as satisfying as an experiment in the novel as it is as a collection of short stories uite simply books like this don t come along very often O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, up in a political assassination in Fascist Italy Personally they dream of capturing that One for My Baby unfulfilled promise that missed perfect kiss that Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, unresolved moment that thing that should have lived According to the blurb The Syllabus of Errors features a cast of loners and romantics trapped in the We upheavals of the period between the world wars and tries to convey to The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, us a warning of what may come to fill our current void In this it succeeds Idiomatically too it is bold apercus jostle with loaded apercus historical erudition informs the wordplay and there s not a line wasted All is significance and much is The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet, uietly profound Most of it is The Asset (Wounded Warrior uite brilliant I particularly liked The First Suggestion of Night Abyssinia I Remember NothingStokes writing is a high wire act mind and there is the occasional wobble These may be stories of obsession but even so the relentless breathless nature of his prose can sometimes seem a little dense An example is The Prettiest Girl in Berlin In a fulsome and informative introduction David Rose says the story takes huge risks with obscurity but also that they are entirely justified I m not so sure Similarly Marmara although written in a less brimming register would perhaps benefit from still space and Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911, uietThis is a minor beef when set beside the achievement of The Syllabus of Errors however Its singular nature is such that it is as satisfying as an experiment in the novel as it is as a collection of short stories Amazing Discoveries That Unlock the Bible uite simply books like this don t come along very often


10 thoughts on “The Syllabus of Errors

  1. says:

    fascinating and impressive collection by a bloke I met once at a party many years ago and who now edits the very g

  2. says:

    I've had this collection a while I finished it sometime ago and yet despite that distance between reading and reviewing I've found that the characters and stories continue to live with meAshley Stokes has managed to compress engaging lives into the confines of the short story and in doing so has created a very powerful collection of talesThese stories are shot through with history the dark grain of old photographs the

  3. says:

    I am so glad I read this book of stories Stunningly stylish writing Memorable characters and settings Brilliant wit and a kind of fearlessness The title story was one of the funniest I've ever read The opening story was utterly gripping in its intensity it left me breathless Each story has its delights and its surprises They linger with you and like dreams they become part of your experienceAs you move through the book you know that you

  4. says:

    I have seen people comment on how this seuence of stories needed to be savoured and considered and that’s def

  5. says:

    From the first few pages you know you're being well guided through these connected worlds Some of these are juicey peaches Others ar

  6. says:

    I’m a greedy reader If I’m enjoying a novel short story or memoir I’ve a tendency to devour but there are works that demand to be savoured to be read slowly carefully given serious thought They’re so rich that gobbli

  7. says:

    The Syllabus of Errors is a collection of very intelligently written short stories The details in the stories were so intricate and thought provoking that I often found myself revisiting past pages just to re digest interesting parts of the storyThis collection dramatically flings an optimist like myself straigh

  8. says:

    According to the blurb The Syllabus of Errors features ‘a cast of loners and romantics trapped in the upheavals of the period between the world wars’ and ‘tries to convey to us a warning of what may come to fill our current void’ In this it succeeds Idiomatically too it is bold apercus jostle with loaded apercus historical erudition informs the wordplay and there’s not a line wasted All is significance and much is uietly profou

  9. says:

    Andre van Loon A common narrative in the stories is that of the young man waiting to meet the girl he is interested in only for her not to turn up or to reject him when they do meet The wait makes up the narrative the way in which the young man moves through a world in which the young woman will not want him The people that impinge on his consciousness during this anxious time are the grotesues The decisiveness that eludes the loner is se

  10. says:

    We selected this title for our dozen strong book club under an initiative to cover short stories Only two of us

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