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- File Size: 1070 KB
- Print Length: 572 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HNOXVKC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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And What Do You Do? Kindle Edition
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It's humorous, perceptive of the era and yet will have you in tears at points. It's also one of those books that stays with you afterwards and I found myself going back over things in my mind. The last book that did that for me was 'Me before You' Jojo Moyes.
All in all a great story with real, believable characters and an honesty that strikes a cord. Looking forward to more books from Karl.
I was a little concerned going into the book, almost wanting to enjoy it *too* much, given I'd seen the labour that had gone into it's creation.
Early on, I wondered if the author had written a book that was intended to be the autobiography of a character that he himself had wanted to be. I struggled to like Mike Chubb at first, and felt the book improved as other characters took forefront.
After about 40 pages, I began to get in to the flow of the book, and started reading it not as a mate's book, but simply as an attention grabbing novel. From here on, I enjoyed every page. Even the obsessions with lines from movies and song lyrics.
The path led slowly, but smartly, to a superb ending that had me turning pages (well clicking 'next page') as quickly as I could. It was one of a range of possible outcomes but not the one I suspected.
So, in summary, really enjoyed it. Well written and attention grabbing,
I've just started Ulysses and can say without hesitation Karl Coppack > James Joyce.
I was wrong, though - this is a good book and a compelling book.
As the description and other reviews reveal, it's a tale of a group of friends, split over a period of several years, but honing in on key periods of their lives (and ending on a life-changing event for all). Actually, I found it was really the tale of one of them - Mike. Whilst the others are fleshed out in various degrees and the primary male protagonists all actually orbit the world of Kate Phillips, it's Mike's character which dominates the multiple voices used to progress the narrative and it is to some degree your reaction to him that probably tells you whether the story works for you. As it happens, I like him - I shouldn't (he's cocksure, vain, an insufferable snob and many other things beside), but there's also a lot about him that reminds me of a number of people I know and like and he just about gets away with it!
Having made my point about the "hero" of the book, I have to say too though that the diary-style voiceovers of the characters does help to convey the views and the emotions of the other principal characters - Jimmy, George and Kate also all come through strongly and any one of them has a life that you might wish to see covered in isolation, depending upon your own circumstances and empathy with their situations.
Knowing little of 1990s London (being a provincial who's only had little tastes of the big smoke over the years in question), I have to take on trust the flavour of the place and the social lives of the cast but, being roughly of the same age range as the players in this story, I can at least identify with the social and musical backdrop presented, as well as relate to the changes in their lives and behaviours.
Ultimately, it's this last thing that made the book grab me and made it a thoroughly enjoyable read - for those of a certain age, it captures well our joys, our fears, our regrets etc., during the often turbulent period of our twenties and early thirties and, whether you're still living the same lifestyle as when you were 21, have blown every opportunity you ever had, are happily settled with ankle-biters or done all of the above or more, there's probably something of you in this story. That recognition made the book and the characters real for me.
Having seen the labour of love that this book was, I wanted (needed?) to like the book and was a little afraid of what I would say to Karl if I thought it was rubbish! However, I need not have worried - I was surprised by how immersed I became in the book and how engaged I felt by the characters. The ending had me in floods of tears and it stayed with me for weeks afterwards. Karl can write well (look at his other stuff online) and this book is a cracking read.
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