Tuesday, 19 October 2010
'A Week in December' by Sebastian Faulks
Must say I loved this sophisticated satirical Dickensian novel. Other reviews were mixed. Here's The Telegraph. I only hope the nation isn't quite as amoral as depicted. If you don't understand hedge funds, futures, the recent banking crisis and matters of that ilk you might have more of a clue after reading this book. John Veals, the financier, is a vile automaton and the lit critic convincingly horrible. The author also has a go at the book(er) prize world, modern art and even modern canapés - all of which made me smile in recognition. Not sure the footballer really worked out as a character and I didn't entirely believe in the tube driver, also the other women (minor characters) were embarrassingly silly. Slight anti-climax at the end. All the same, you should definitely read this sparkling book.