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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just High, positively stinking Society!, 10 Nov. 2002
This review is from: High Society (Hardcover)
Again Ben Elton has found just the right balance of observational humour mixed with telling points on Britain today. Althouh this doesn't have the laughs of 'Dead Famous' it is still witty in many places but it is the story itself, cleverly wound together with many different characters, all with their own excentricities and dark secrets, that really makes this another must read from Mr Elton. It draws on the many chances for comedy that our political system brings, none more so than the highly comitted Peter Paget MP who's fortunes swing from one extreme to the other in a matter of pages due to the whims of Fleet Street editors. His story should read depressingly familiar to any politician today and could even serve as a warning to them. The story is based on the arguments of what might happen should the government even discuss the possibility of legalising all drugs. This in itself brings a number of laughs as well as provoking the reader to actually wonder 'what if?'. It is typically bitter sweet in places, the story of the heroin addicted prostitute who tries to go straight is a good example and what happens to Paget is grim simply because it reads so true to life. For those of you who like Elton, buy it; for those of you considering buying Elton, get 'Dead Famous' first but this should be on the list as well.
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