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By Jonathan Coe

A contact of Love is Jonathan Coe's delightfully comedian and relocating novel approximately now not becoming in.

Robin, a postgraduate scholar in Coventry, has spent 4 and a part years no longer writing his thesis. He and his educational colleagues, united by means of pallor, social ineptitude and sexual inexperience, as soon as spent hours discussing their theories, yet they by some means by no means made it into print.

Now his unfinished thesis languishes in a drawer, and Robin hides in his room, more and more apprehensive by means of an international he doesn't comprehend. His associates have failed him and romance eludes him. His in simple terms outlet is his brief tales, scribbled in notebooks and expressing his mystery obsessions and frustrations.

Then, while an unlucky and embarrassing incident in a public park lands him in deep trouble, Robin's existence ultimately spirals uncontrolled. . .

A contact of Love is a superb, bittersweet booklet that would be loved by means of readers of David Nicholls, Nick Hornby and fanatics of comedian fiction.

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16 Cf. Kullmann 2002, 97 – 138, where certain cornerstones of the hypothesis of Latacz were treated critically. For instance, as stated on pp. , it is not correct that post-Homeric geographers were unable to locate the three places mentioned in Il. 500 (Eleon, Hyle, Peteon) and on Mycenaean tablets found in Thebes, as Latacz claims (2010, 314). Strabo was able to locate them (9,2,12; 9,2,20; 9,2,26). Latacz refers to Visser 1997, 261 – 266, but Visser only says that we today are unable to locate them with certainty and that Eleon does not even possess an article in the Realenzykopädie (RE).

Up to now, I have expressed the idea of relatively more rigidity by utilizing the metaphor of crystallization. 74 In terms of this new metaphor that I am now using, I can say that Homeric poetry flowed through a longer bottleneck than did Hesiodic poetry. 75 The flow in the course of the second bottleneck slowed down so much that it gradually froze over, facilitating 70 Janko 1982, 231. 71 Janko 1998, 1. A critique of Janko’s methods in calculating relative chronologies has been offered by Jones 2010.

Strabo was able to locate them (9,2,12; 9,2,20; 9,2,26). Latacz refers to Visser 1997, 261 – 266, but Visser only says that we today are unable to locate them with certainty and that Eleon does not even possess an article in the Realenzykopädie (RE). Unfortunately I. Hajnal in his book (2003, 56 n. 11) accepts Latacz’ claim (2001, 261 ff. = id. ), without looking at the passages himself. Afterwards, in the sixth edition of his book (2010) on p. 431 n. 117, Latacz takes offense that instead of Hyle Strabo only detects Hylai (plural) at the Hylike¯ Limne¯.

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