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Consider the possibilities...
on 4 January 2018
With the conclusion to my reading of this book, I am closing-in on my ambition to read all of the novels by the best-selling author Ben Elton. With the finishing of each novel I look forward to the next one - albeit realizing that, one day, there will be no more to read (until his mind conceives another). However, that does not detract from the worthiness of spending time reading Meltdown, the 13th of Ben Elton's output of fifteenth novels to date, with reach presenting a new pleasure in reading.
The story of Meltdown focuses on the high life enjoyed by City trader Jimmy Corby. For the amiable Jimmy, money was the new "Rock n' Roll".Life was a one big party, living life at the edge and fuelling it with drink and drugs, albeit tempered by the presence of his capable wife Monica. What was the case for Jimmy was also the case for his friends. Their stars burned bright, they lived the dream.
Meltdown is a biting satire of the contemporary credit crunch from this hugely popular and bestselling author. After the bliss of financial boom, Jimmy and his family are forced to confront the extreme possibilities of bust. When it all came crashing down, Jimmy discovered that "anyone can handle success, it's how you handle failure that really matters". How Jimmy and his family survive is a scintillating story and a realistic encounter with a life that goes awry.
The effects of changing fortunes in the lives of these city people is skilfully told by Elton, and not without a touch of sympathy for the manner in which wealth can blind persons to what is most important in life. The varying fortunes of Jimmy friends can be a mirror for those who are over-dependent on wealth and what it can bring.
This is a novel for our times, a time in which economics poses a threat to all other considerations of life.