By Sebastian Faulks
A strong modern novel set in London from a grasp of literary fiction.
London, the week sooner than Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we stick with the lives of 7 significant characters: a hedge fund supervisor attempting to deliver off the largest exchange of his profession; a certified footballer lately arrived from Poland; a tender attorney with little paintings and an excessive amount of time to invest; a scholar who has been led off target through Islamist conception; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy addicted to skunk and fact television; and a Tube educate driving force whose Circle Line teach joins those and numerous different lives jointly in a regular loop.
With bold ability, the unconventional items jointly the advanced styles and crossings of contemporary city existence. Greed, the dehumanising results of the digital age and the fragmentation of society are many of the subject matters handled during this savagely funny ebook. The writing at the wall looks in letters ten ft excessive, however the characters refuse to work out it — and occasion on as if the next day to come is a dream.
Sebastian Faulks probes not just the self-deceptions of this intensely realised team of individuals, yet their hopes and loves besides. because the novel strikes to its gripping climax, they're compelled, one after the other, to confront the genuine nature of the area they inhabit.
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A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks