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Put down your copy of the Independent and make your way quietly to the nearest exit...,
This review is from: The Closed Circle (Paperback)
Oh dear! I really enjoyed the Rotters' Club but this one left me cold. Apart from the fact that all the characters were given personality transplants, really how many cliches about politics can you cram into one novel? Admittedly it's not as bad as Sue Townsend's "Number Ten", a truely woeful caricature of eeeeevil politicians and smarmy special advisors, but it's close.
Yes, I am sure that many of the left-wing latte sippers who berate the Government from their expensive pads in North London might like it but really this reads to me as nothing more than a protracted and impotent scream of rage of a middle aged hippy who has never come to terms with the fact that politics can occasionally be a nasty business.
And the twist was so bloody obvious as well that it may as well have been signposted from the first page and as for Michael's dramatic "choice" and how he responded to it....ARGH! A more utterly nauseating conclusion couldn't have been dreamt up in the most awful "chick lit" novel.
My advice is - give this book a wide berth and don't let it poison your perspective on the wonderful Rotters Club.