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2.0 out of 5 stars Tough going, 17 Dec. 2009
This review is from: A Week in December (Hardcover)
Surprisingly, Faulks has written a bad novel with "A Week in December". Usually, he engages us with characters you actually want to know about, and develop some concern for; but not this time. Weaving together stories from several unlikeable characters, this sprawling book reminded me of "Mother London" by Michael Moorcock, in its shape and ambition, and it just didn't read like a Sebastian Faulks novel should.

Perhaps a spell "writing as Ian Fleming" has had a lasting impact on Faulks. It struck me here at times that although he'd done lots of research into the world of finance and dodgy deals, he's written about it in a way that didn't feel entirely authentic, and if anything he's made the topic of finance even more dreary. Fleming could sometimes be accused of the same - research into subjects that didn't always translate well in the Bond novels. So, perhaps there are dangers in writing as someone else!

Disappointingly, this latest offering from Sebastian Faulks is a bit of mess, hard going in places, and although wide-ranging in showing the author's knowledge on several different contemporary topics, it all feels a bit laboured and smug.
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Initial post: 22 Nov 2010 17:16:29 GMT
I agree wholeheartedly with this review. A very disappointing book

Posted on 8 Feb 2011 20:53:08 GMT
Linda James says:
i agree

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2011 10:56:17 GMT
B. Devine says:
I agree totally with J.A. Roberts. I received this book as a stocking filler for Christmas. I have found it hard going in parts, especially if you are not familliar with the world of finance. I did not find myself warming to any of the characters, was thoroughly bored and could not wait to finish the book. It was a very disappointing read!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2011 12:22:11 GMT
You are all mad, or lacking in intelligence, or trying to be clever by emulating the character in the book who slags off everything. This is an utterly fantastic book.

Posted on 2 Sep 2014 14:48:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Sep 2014 14:49:06 BDT
J A Gardham says:
I can't agree with your review, I loved the fact the characters were from all walks of life and yet Faulks managed to intertwine them very cleverly. One of my favourite Faulks books second to Birdsong for me.
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