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England England Paperback – 18 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (18 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330373447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330373449
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Julian Barnes's England, England is a sharp-edged satire of Englishness at the end of the 20th century. The real England is failing--her empire lost, her aspirations to greatness subsiding, her history fading. Megalomaniacal entrepreneur Sir Jack Pitman hits upon the idea of creating an altogether superior, theme-park version of the original on the Isle of Wight (renamed simply the Island). His creative team includes Martha Cochraine, whose own childhood disappointments and unfulfilled dreams Barnes unfolds to the reader in the opening chapters. For a brief moment it looks as if able Martha will outsmart the ruthless Sir Jack, assisted by her grateful, bespectacled lover Paul Harrison (the operation's "ideas catcher"). But this is fantasy, so humble Paul betrays Martha (it would never do for the feisty woman to win after all). She retreats to the real England of faded glory, nostalgic folklore and regret.

In one section of this short novel the theme-park Dr Johnson talks entirely in direct quotations from his distinguished 18th-century counterpart, before being judged insufficiently convincing. The real, we understand, is less compelling than the fake. There are so many cultural allusions per page that the head of even the most enthusiastic English culture snob will spin. --Lisa Jardine

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"A treasure chest of wordplays, ironic imagery and gemlike phrasing that's sure to amuse." --The Wall Street Journal
"A brilliant, Swiftian fantasy: a virtual England." --The Economist
"A wonderfully nasty satire . . . perfectly counterbalanced with unexpected poignancy." --San Francisco Chronicle" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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