Before two weeks ago I had never heard of Paul Burke and his books. I found Untorn Tickets in one of my usual walking in the city. It was a saturday afternoon and I was walking around the Navigli, one of my favorite neighborhood, and I went to the bookshop where I usually find my second hand books here in Milan. It was a good day and I found four books. One of them was Untorn Tickets. As I said before, I had never heard of this writer and his work, but I was intrigued by the plot: "Notting Hill - 1978. Dave Kelly and Andy Zymanczyk are classmates at a strict Catholic school. Both, desperate to escape their stifling backgrounds, get part-time work in the local cinema. Here they form a binding friendship and, with the help of one charismatic cinema manager, embark on a voyage of discovery [...]". I read this book in less then a week, it was one of those books that you enjoy to read; when you are reading it, you feel something between relax and happiness. I read different kinds of books and different kinds of novels and one of the things I like the most about it it's that I can switch from a book like this one to one something completely different. Most of the time I use a "relaxing" book after I read something that had completely upset me (in this case I mean it in the most positive way). I didn't know it, but Untorn Tickets was the perfect reading before I started my current reading: Réparer les vivants, by Maylis de Kerangal.
"Quadrophenia, [...] jesus christ, don't you get enough of that sort of things at school? It's too much like hard work. Popular music should be simple. Otherwise, you know, it stops being popular." (p. 135)