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Lighter than the usual Coe, though..,
This review is from: Expo 58 (Hardcover)
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Mr. Coe has previously written novels about the social and political climate of the 1960s and 1970s, and now its the 1950s turn, with this gentle comedy which knowingly channels Ealing Studios movies, Hitchcock, Graham Greene and other iconic popular culture of the era into the tale of Thomas Foley, a civil servant lifted out of suburban tedium when he is chosen to run Britain's contribution to the 1958 Expo in Brussels. High jinks ensue as our hapless hero gets involved with espionage and exotic ladies.
Some reviewers have dismissed this 50s pastiche as as too fluffy, but I think what Mr. Coe is doing is contrasting the escapist pop culture of the period with the grim reality of life in the post war era, , and given this the book reveals a more serious purpose. For myself, I enjoyed it just as much as I have all of his other, both as an an excellent pastiche of British culture of the era and a serious look at what we have gained and lost as a nation since then. Recommended.