32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
This is a huge book (made up of three smaller books), and a huge achievement. Unfairly overlooked nowadays, John Dos Passos's novel is well worth your time.
The three novels here make up one large whole. The book is made up of stories following the lives of various characters from all walks of life. Their lives sometimes intersect, sometimes get better, sometimes get worse and even sometimes end.
In between these stories are shorter experimental pieces: 'The Camera Eye', which is Whitman-esque description of scenes; 'Newsreel' which is a collage of headlines and journalism, to give an idea of the events that are going by as the novel progresses; and Biographies of famous people of the… Read more
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
After the Banquet is probably Yukio Mishima's most readable book. This is largely because of his characterisation of the main character, Kazu. The well rounded Kazu seems very human, very warm. She has flaws, of course, but she is an entertaining person to read about.
The book follows Kazu, the owner of a successful restaurant, as she falls in love with a retired MP, and pushes him back into running for office for the left-wing party he defected to before his retirement.
She has to use a lot of her money to further his career, and the book is very revealing on the role of money in politics, as well as how dirty tricks are used, and other murky aspects of electoral… Read more