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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.
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on 11 March 2012
I've read all Elton's previous books and found this one to be more of the same witty, sharp, clever writing. Was perhaps a little slow in the first half but makes up for it with a roller coaster second half. I perhaps expected Elton to rail against the excesses of the past few years in the financial sector but instead the book is a pleasing, believable story of people who did well for themselves and had it all come crashing down. The main characters were likable and you couldn't help but feel sorry for them by the end. Oh, and I laughed out loud! Lots!!
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on 10 November 2017
All of Ben Elton's books are witty and readable.
They do suffer from stock characters and very few plotline variations.
A case of read the right 3 and you've read them all (apart from the serious novels) just the dialogue varies!
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on 16 June 2015
I read this on the train over the course of a few weeks and found the story really gripping. I'm quite new to Ben Elton as an author, but will definitely be reading more. This book is great if you're interested in politics, but also if you're not.
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on 16 April 2016
very disappointed. having re-read Time and Time Again I was so up for reading another Ben Elton book. maybe I just didnt choose wisely but very disappointing. to me it was just boring. sorry
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on 11 June 2012
MeltdownBen Elton has done it again. A funny, witty book with the impact of a sledge hammer. He really does know how to write humour. His stand up routines maay have passed but his writing skills are just being honed. Great book.
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on 11 July 2017
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on 10 May 2012
I have read most of his books and, unfortunately, I think they are getting worse, badly written, predictable characters; this one was just phoned in and is just a vehicle to express his own political ideologies which seem slightly(!) watered down from the Ben in the Thatcher years. It's a shame because I loved Stark, Popcorn and Gridlock but I will think twice about trying another one. Sorry.
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on 22 March 2016
A good easy read, typical Ben Elton
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on 8 December 2015
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