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Within A Few Months We D Witnessed Bickering, Desertion, Subterfuge And Rivalry I Was Rapidly Coming To The Conclusion That Only A Miracle Could Save Us Now Two Men With A Passion For Vinyl Create A Society For The Appreciation Of Records Their Aim Is Simple To Elevate The Art Of Listening By Doing So In Forensic Detail The Society Enjoys Moderate Success In The Back Room Of Their Local Pub, The Half Moon, With Other Enthusiasts Drawn To The Initial Promise Of The Weekly Gathering However, As The Club Gains Popularity, Its Founder S Uncompromising Dogma Results In A Schism Within The Movement, And Soon A Counter Group Forms Then The Arrival Of A Young Woman Called Alice Further Fractures The Unity Of The Vulnerable Society As Rifts Are Forged And Gulfs Widen, Magnus Mills Examines The Surreal Nature Of Ordinary Lives The Master Of The Comic Deadpan Returns For His Ninth Novel, A Spectacularly Disingenuous Exploration Of Power, Fanaticism And Really, Really Good Records

8 thoughts on “The Forensic Records Society

  1. says:

    Like a lot of Magnus Mills books, The Forensic Records Society is an understated satire about a group of men and the seemingly trivial rules and obligations through which they interact, and what happens when someone breaks them.The book begins with the formation of the Forensic Records Society of the title A small group of men meet once a week at 9pm in the back room of a pub to listen to records The rules of their society are strict no latecomers are admitted, each member has to bring three 7 vinyl singles to play, and most importantly, the records must be listened to in silence and absolutely not discussed or analysed in any way Soon, a rival society the Confessional Records Society springs up, at which members play their record of choice and then make a confession related to it And then a third record society appearsThis a book in which what isn t said is just as important, often so, than what is None of the men of the record societies ever really talk to each other about anything except records There s only one important female character, Alice, who is every bit as awkward as the men are, and who is hostile towards the book s narrator because she has decided, completely without justification, that he doesn t really like music because some of the records he brings to the society have gimmicky bits in them One character is obsessed with how long records are, believing the perfect pop song to last for three minutes, and is incapable of discussing this in any but the most black and white terms Another character can only talk about music by quoting a single lyric which causes problems when members can t decide whether this contravenes the Forensic Records Society s constitution.Like all Mills s books, The Forensic Records Society is very funny at times, yet also sometimes unnerving in a way that s strangely hard to pinpoint Mills has a clear, matter of fact, calm prose style which somehow makes the occasional inexplicable oddities why, for instance, does time seem to play odd tricks while the Forensic Records Society meets seem all the off kilter It s something Mills really excels at most notably, I think, in his earlier novels All Quiet On The Orient Express and The Restraint of Beasts and it s very much evident here.Apart from being a gently ironic look at that peculiarly British, quietly obsessive way that some people treat their hobbies, there are obvious parallels in politics and religion, and it s pretty clear that Mills is telling a story much bigger than that of a group of men who meet every week in the back room of a pub There are parts of The Forensic Records Society that remind me of Animal Farm, but needless to say it s considerably funnier and at times almost painfully relatable.

  2. says:

    I read Magnus Mills Maintaining Headway and enjoyed it A friend recommended this novel so I read it Just about It is essentially a story about a group of men with a distinct tendency towards obsessive compulsive disorder A little like HiFi only without the laughs or the authenticity There is also a near total absence of any narrative The book reads like a movie with Mills as the camera It s very light on description too and there is no plot If he set out to achieve a book with these missing ingredients, for whatever reason, then he has completed his mission Only curiosity kept me reading, albeit with an increasingly profound sense of irritation as the novel failed to progress If you really like Mills, this may be for you If you re neutral, forget it.

  3. says:

    I have read all of Magnus Mills books I never read books twice but I might make an exception with this one and read it again For one thing, I might analyse if there is any relevance of the record titles And I have this nagging feeling that the landlord once let them continue drinking after he had rung time, but on all other occasions he was very strict about closing time Which would just be typical I feel that the hidden meaning of the book is about the congregations and denominations of churches

  4. says:

    After the disappointment of Field of Gold, Magnus is back on form, funny, well written and very thought provoking One of my most favourite authors

  5. says:

    writes again, another weird story where a story, well, isn t, if you don t understand me.

  6. says:

    This eccentric fusion of High Fidelity and Animal Farm is not Mills at his best, but it s a fun book That said, it s rather slight, just 180 pages with a large typeface.

  7. says:

    a good book Mills has themes that often repeat in his novels, but they are always a good read Mysterious and amusing

  8. says:

    Another subtle read In fact the final page was a tad too enigmatic Very enjoyable though as usual I shall re read in a few weeks.