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A Week in December: Sebastian Faulks (urspr publ 2010; utgåvan 2010)

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A powerful contemporary novel set in London from a master of literary fiction. London, the week before Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we follow the lives of seven major characters: a hedge fund manager trying to bring off the biggest trade of his career; a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland; a young lawyer with little work and too much time to speculate; a student who has been led astray by Islamist theory; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy hooked on skunk and reality TV; and a Tube train driver whose Circle Line train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop. With daring skill, the novel pieces together the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life. Greed, the dehumanising effects of the electronic age and the fragmentation of society are some of the themes dealt with in this savagely humorous book. The writing on the wall appears in letters ten feet high, but the characters refuse to see it -- and party on as though tomorrow is a dream. Sebastian Faulks probes not only the self-deceptions of this intensely realised group of people, but their hopes and loves as well. As the novel moves to its gripping climax, they are forced, one by one, to confront the true nature of the world they inhabit.… (mer)
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Titel:A Week in December: Sebastian Faulks
Författare:Sebastian Faulks (Författare)
Info:Vintage (2010), Edition: 01, 400 pages
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A Week in December av Sebastian Faulks (2010)

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    Fåfängans fyrverkeri av Tom Wolfe (browner56)
    browner56: Interesting social satire that takes shots at the hubris of the financial services industry
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    Capital av John Lanchester (Nickelini)
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    Huliganerna kommer på besök av Jennifer Egan (jbvm)
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Seven days and seven people; a fund manager, a tube driver, a football star, a poor lawyer, a skunk addicted school boy, a hack book reviewer and a student who is committed to the ultimate cause of Islam.

As these characters lives orbit around London and each other, you start to understand what is driving them, the hack who wants to rubbish a fellow reviewers new novel, the fund manager is trying to pull of the biggest deal of his life by pushing a bank into collapse. His teenage son has just obtained the strongest skunk that he can, and the footballer is finding his feet in this new city. The lawyer and the tube driver are beginning a relationship, and the student is sourcing the materials for a bomb.

As the tension builds and the lives of these seven Londoners become more closely intertwined, the student sets off to make his ultimate sacrifice.

Cleverly plotted, Faulks has written these characters with many flaws. Some of them you end up liking, other detesting, but not the one you may think. Has a nice twist at the end. Overall 3.5 stars as it does feel a little overwritten and careful editing would have made a tighter story. Otherwise good. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Really good book following the story of seven characters over a week in December. ( )
  cbinstead | Dec 26, 2019 |
DNF’d at p.156 - life is too short ( )
  Layla.Natasha | Nov 10, 2019 |
Another great story from an author I really admire. The topic was very dark and the story could have been terribly oppressive. However, it all worked out, with a range of so many different characters, many quite despicable, to keep the pace going. Some readers have criticized the end but it made me happy! ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jul 27, 2016 |
I enjoyed meeting the different characters in this book and learning about their lives. The finale was a bit disappointing, it could have ended in many different ways and I get the impression that the author backed out at the last minute from certain endings. ( )
  sundowneruk | Feb 2, 2016 |
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...a compelling tale of contemporary London.
 

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Mace, ColinBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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A powerful contemporary novel set in London from a master of literary fiction. London, the week before Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we follow the lives of seven major characters: a hedge fund manager trying to bring off the biggest trade of his career; a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland; a young lawyer with little work and too much time to speculate; a student who has been led astray by Islamist theory; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy hooked on skunk and reality TV; and a Tube train driver whose Circle Line train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop. With daring skill, the novel pieces together the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life. Greed, the dehumanising effects of the electronic age and the fragmentation of society are some of the themes dealt with in this savagely humorous book. The writing on the wall appears in letters ten feet high, but the characters refuse to see it -- and party on as though tomorrow is a dream. Sebastian Faulks probes not only the self-deceptions of this intensely realised group of people, but their hopes and loves as well. As the novel moves to its gripping climax, they are forced, one by one, to confront the true nature of the world they inhabit.

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