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Not in the same league as his more recent books
on 23 April 2002
Having read What a Carve Up, House of Sleep and, most recently, Rotter's Club I was quite looking forward to reading this. You can see that this is a Coe book, the borad themes of young adolescents, rights of passage, some form of academic institution and a writer / budding writer as a key character. However, unlike the other books, it was enormously difficult to have any sympathy whatsoever with any of the characters. More or less all of them needed to have their lapels shaken. To be honest, this made the book a real struggle. It wasn't as if there was much else there to enjoy. At least Carve Up and Rotters club were evocative for those of us old enough to remember the 70s. My advice: unless you (like me) obsess about reading all of an author's output (like some sad stamp collector) give this a wide berth.