By Sebastian Faulks
A robust modern novel set in London from a grasp of literary fiction.
London, the week earlier than Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we stick with the lives of 7 significant characters: a hedge fund supervisor attempting to carry off the most important alternate of his occupation; a qualified footballer lately arrived from Poland; a tender legal professional with little paintings and an excessive amount of time to take a position; a scholar who has been led off track by way of Islamist concept; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy addicted to skunk and truth television; and a Tube educate motive force whose Circle Line teach joins those and numerous different lives jointly in an everyday loop.
With bold ability, the unconventional items jointly the advanced styles and crossings of recent city existence. Greed, the dehumanising results of the digital age and the fragmentation of society are a few of the subject matters handled during this savagely funny publication. The writing at the wall appears to be like in letters ten ft excessive, however the characters refuse to determine it — and social gathering on as if the next day to come is a dream.
Sebastian Faulks probes not just the self-deceptions of this intensely realised team of individuals, yet their hopes and loves besides. because the novel strikes to its gripping climax, they're compelled, one after the other, to confront the real nature of the realm they inhabit.
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