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Not Great, But You Must Read It!!
on 11 May 2017
Oddly enough, even though I have given it only three stars, I think this book deserves to be famous. Julian Barnes predicts what may happen when Brexit leaves us isolated and the Scots leave us, making us half the size, and the parts of England the tourists like are hived off to a private company positioned on a small island - we become a nation of poverty-stricken smallholders, a trading backwater. He predicts a return to the Maypole dancing, village fete sort of England that some people yearn for, and this was written twenty years ago. One day, perhaps, he will be famous for his clairvoyance.
There is a female lead character - very well described in the first part of the book, which makes the reader like her, and in the second part of the book she seems to undergo a personality transformation making her unsympathetic; hard, ironic, ruthless - but we may conclude that the cut-throat capitalist system does this, to her and to many people. In the third part of the book - well You Must Read It!