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Ezicash is set in 2060 in a post-EU dystopia where safety and health have become all-consuming for the citizens of DOSH-1-TERMINUS-UK (Department of Safety and Health). DOSH1 residents are part of EZICASH (Eurozone Investigative Coordinating All Safety and Health) and they live a carefully controlled, micro-managed lifestyle in a super-size, all-encompassing dome. But one day there is a problem which can only be fixed by an outsider - someone who doesn't live in the dome. It becomes apparent early on in the novel that there is an alternative to the sanitised dystopia of dome life. This is explored through the narrative of Philip Lud, an old fashioned plumber whose lifestyle, and that of his friends, is the very opposite of DOSH1.
Ezicash is a most unusual, satirical and highly entertaining novel. The author has, amazingly, created an extraordinary but completely plausible alternative world in EZICASH. This is because so much of DOSH1 is seen through the eyes of the very down to earth outers. I enjoyed reading the novel and look forward to reading more by Ian Thompson.
This first paragraph of Chapter 15 in "Ezicash" by Ian Thompson sums up the gist of this quirky satire most eloquently. I admire a writer who can make me laugh and truly respect one who can do that while actually scaring the pants off me at the same time. This political satire about a Totalistic, Utopian society where there is no need to think or take any personal responsibility in the "safer" world hits a homerun in both entertainment value and as a profound statement on current societal ills.
Ian Thompson's tone and style brought to mind Douglas Adams and the book's funniest moments come from his eccentric observations and the throwaway remarks of his characters. While it suffers at times for failing to resist cruder gags, with the pub's name Fat Dicks responsible for most of these, you can forgive this as the overall reading experience is so enjoyable.
In these post-Brexit times, the themes of Ezicash resonate more strongly than ever and one can only hope the absurd future painted by Ian Thompson doesn't come to pass, although we would be guaranteed a few laughs if the worst did indeed happen. This is an imaginative and enjoyable book that's well worth a read, whether you're sitting in the kind of soft, luxurious sofa that graces Pope's living room or perched on a pointy wooden antique that would set off alarm bells inside the dome. I will definitely be checking out more of his stuff.
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