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This review is from: Blind Faith (Hardcover)
This (surely conscious) retelling of Orwell's 1984 strikes me as different to most of Elton's other novels. Firstly it is not funny, and though this author has never been notable for his subtlety he has previously displayed a talent for drawing sympathetic characters that softens the undoubted anger of his satires and makes them a pleasure to read.
If anything this book is bleaker than it's famously bleak prototype. If Orwell sees hope in his downtrodden and brutalised proles Elton seems to view their bigged up sexualised cousins with nothing less than open disgust. These characters are Swiftian Yahoos and as such are profoundly depressing, for the first time one senses a streak of genuine misanthropy and it is not at all attractive.
This may well be a good book, it probably deserves a second reading, just don't buy it if you want a good laugh.