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very two thousand and eight,
This review is from: Capital (Hardcover)
It's nearly great. Very, very nearly. The characters are, mostly, well put together. There are plenty of laughs along the way...but..but.. there are a few things which just dont work well. For example the parking attendant has nothing to do with the street.. she could very well have been a completely different short story.(And yes.. I understand she's there for 'contrast' but without a link to the other characters she seems totally incidental).
Or the Pakistani family.. I get the dad and his mum.. but his wife and one of his brothers are just not fleshed out at all. Most annoying is the idea that the Polish builder gets himself into a lather when he finds a hidden suitcase full of old tenners.. totalling half a million quid. They're very old notes and effectively worthless as they've been taken out of circulation. However, despite being depicted as a thoughtful and inventive chap.. he never bothers to look up the notes on the internet but worries himself into a moral quandary about handing it over or doing a bunk.
Still.. a very good read and Mr Lanchester should seriously consider a follow up novel based entirely on the Younts.