7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Lanchester is TOO nice! But a great read,
This review is from: Capital (Hardcover)
I thoroughly enjoyed this but would not have bought it if I hadn't read WHOOPS! which is excellent. However, that was non-fiction and this is story-telling with a rich cast of characters. I found myself skimming the football bits and wanting more from Amanda, the banker's wife. But I was always gripped and keen to continue. My only complaint is that I wish there'd been a body count - a bit of blood would have dressed this up nicely. I think the book needed that. It always stayed civilised. I'm not sure all aspects of London are civilised. Where were the drugs, the messed up teenagers etc? Everyone in this book is nice and civilised and clean living! The Banksy character is level-headed and wakes early, the traffic warden is keen to improve her figure, the banker isn't cut-throat AT ALL, the Polish guys are so sweet and hand-working, the woman set to inherit loads when her mother dies is beyond discreet about that fact, the teenage footballer is a gentle puppy, the harridan Indian matriarch is actually just a sweetie, the put-upon Indian muslim is just being friendly to the floppy terrorist when he invites him to stay. MY God, everyone is so lovely!! I love them all because none of them got up my nose but I WANTED them to get up my nose! Even the criminal in the end was gentle and ineffectual. The cop is paternalistic. Lanchester should move to the countryside where the REAL VENOM is. This is home of the bankers and their greed and corruption. I think the nicey-nice bankers stay in London and the real bastards live in the countryside.