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Compulsive Reading. Brilliant.,
This review is from: Crusaders (Paperback)
This book deserves every accolade that it has enjoyed, including the much vaunted "The Great British Novel of This Decade".
It bears comparison with Dostoyevsky, Dickens and (most specifically) Trollope's "The Way We Live Now": its thematic seriousness and political engagement are very reminescent.
Analogies don't do it justice, but the final comparison I would make is with David Hare's "State of The Nation" trilogy of plays. What makes this comparison particularly seductive is that Kelly shares with Hare a terrific ear for dialogue (it's unsurprising to discover that he is an esteemed film critic and author), and compassion he has for his characters - however unappealing many of them can seem at different stages in the story.
Anyway, this is much the best contemporary novel I've read in the last ten years. It's a big book, but it is richly rewarding. Get it now, so that you can get the copy that proves you recognised its greatness before it won the awards it so certainly will.