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2.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing, 30 Mar. 2006
This book doesn't really go anywhere. It starts with a radio shock-jock drinking, taking drugs and shagging around and ends with a radio shock-jock drinking, taking drugs and shagging around.
On the book it states that it is 'a caustic look at the default culture of britain' which i suspect is how most journo's live which is why they thought that.
Whilst reading this book I was constantly thinking "get on with it" as there is some waffle that Dickens would have been proud of in here (although Banks isn't paid by the word).
Some of the characters could have been interesting had there been more exploration of them and there motives.
It seemed that this book was attempting to challenge peoples preconceived ideas about people and supposed anti social behaviour. However, as all the people in the book were doing this there is no yardstick to measure them against.
If you're considering reading this book i would strongly recommend Hunter S. Thompson's Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas instead as this has MUCH more to it and is more truthful (it is also around 30 years old-so much for 'modern default culture').