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on 19 April 2004
Maggie Gee has pulled off a remarkable piece of writing in The Flood. She manages to juggle serious political issues, a HUGE cast of characters and a highly interconnected plot-line with verve and flair. The Flood never falls short of being gripping.
The world of the novel is a very plausible version of our own, where global climate change and political instability combine to create a firghtened world on the blink. The president Mr Bliss is a convincing spawn of our own Mr Blair and the characters are ourselves in slightly more tense circumstances: war is raging in the hotter continents and conscription is being rumoured all to deflect attention from the political turmoil at home, where constant rain threatens our whole infrastructure. But for some life goes on, gilded gondolas carry the rich to the opera house across the flooded streets, books are written, read and published. There's a particularly enjoyable satire of modern publishing running through the book as well. I think there is something of Doris Lessing's post-apocalyptic Mara and Dann and Gee confidently knocks spots off the clunky satire of JG Ballard's Millenium People.
The book is definitely a 'message' book - but what makes it so wonderful is the living breathing characters that populate it so amply. My best read of the year so far. It would also be a great one for a reading group to get its teeth into.