6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Funny. Clever. Insightful.,
This review is from: England, England (Paperback)
I am listening to England England on CD in the car and decided to check to see what else the author has written and was amazed to see how few stars it gets. This is the first time I've read/ listened to anything my Julian Barnes and I am absolutely loving it. It's so well written and brilliantly funny. It makes me laugh helplessly every time I drive anywhere. (A bit dangerous sometimes!) The megalomaniac businessman -Sir Jack - is hilarious. ((@$£! the Puffins' has become a catchphrase in my house!) Anyone who has ever sat in a meeting will recognise the subtle and vicious power play that Barnes describes. But there's so much more to this book than comedy. The opening chapter where we learn about Martha's childhood (especially the riffs on memory) is just beautiful and Barnes' ideas about identity and authenticity are fascinating. Everyone I know will be getting this for Christmas. If I don't know you, you'll have to get it for yourself!