Farce falls short of Frayn's genius

Skios by Michael Frayn. Faber & Faber, €16.35. Reviewed by Kevin Power.

28th April, 2012
Farce falls short of Frayn's genius
Michael Frayn's new novel is lacking in big ideas. Photo: Getty

Skios by Michael Frayn

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The most impressive page in Michael Frayn's new novel appears at the front of the book, and is headed "By the same author". Frayn's backlist is a testament to a lifetime of hard work and high achievement. It includes early comic novels such as The Tin Men (1965) and Towards the End of the Morning (1967); more recent literary novels, such as Headlong (1999) and Spies (2002); several hugely-successful plays, most...

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