By Sebastian Faulks
A strong modern novel set in London from a grasp of literary fiction.
London, the week prior to Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we keep on 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 invest; a pupil who has been led off track through Islamist thought; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy addicted to skunk and truth television; and a Tube educate driving force whose Circle Line teach joins those and numerous different lives jointly in a regular loop.
With bold ability, the radical items jointly the complicated styles and crossings of contemporary city existence. Greed, the dehumanising results of the digital age and the fragmentation of society are a few of the issues handled during this savagely funny ebook. The writing at the wall seems in letters ten toes excessive, however the characters refuse to work out it — and social gathering on as if the next day is a dream.
Sebastian Faulks probes not just the self-deceptions of this intensely realised workforce of individuals, yet their hopes and loves in addition. because the novel strikes to its gripping climax, they're compelled, one after the other, to confront the genuine nature of the realm they inhabit.
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On the door to my apartment building, there was a handwritten note taped to the glass: “Need help. L[scratched out letter]ost dog on Malden St. I was on ground having seasure. Had leash and colar too. ” I saw myself in the window of the front door as I went in. My face looked sunk. I still work. I still work! * I lived with my brother. 24 [RONTEL] Our apartment was two studio apartments connected. He lived in one studio, with its own door. I lived in a sectioned off area of the second studio, in a four feet by eight feet room divided by a bedsheet staplegunned to the ceiling and hung to the floor.
It was extremely impressive. Not even going to describe it because I already know I could never do that. Anyone witnessing it would be impressed though. I looked at Rontel and thought about how pretty he was. How much I loved him. How, actually no, if he died it probably wouldn’t affect me. Like, there was nothing to be taken from me that would affect me. Like, I’d trained myself to feel no harm. True sadness. Let me show you how a real man endures true sadness. When I focused on the game, my brother knocked someone over and then I skated up to the fallen player and tried to shoot the puck into his face.
Caressed in foul delight. Such foul delight. Oh North America, how I want to show you such foul delight! * When I was at the Salvation Army buying the pants, I folded them over my arm and walked around the store for a while—just to delay buying them, to prolong the feeling of anticipation, the sex. And out from the toy aisle, an overweight homeless man walked up to me, smiling. He was holding a few board games, each a decade or two old. He was a foot shorter than me and had a huge stomach that hung out of the bottom of his shirt.
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks