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Capital by John Lanchester

Capital (original 2012; edition 2012)

by John Lanchester

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Authors:John Lanchester
Info:Faber and Faber (2012), Edition: 1st Edition 2nd Printing, Hardcover, 592 pages
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Capital by John Lanchester (2012)

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  jll1976 | Dec 5, 2014 |
This book is a funny, warm and incisive dissection of London society at the time of the financial crisis of 2008. It is a loosely interlinked set of stories, and covers a wide range of characters. It is especially strong on the experiences of various have-not immigrants, and the amorality of the richer residents. Highly recommended. ( )
  bodachliath | Nov 4, 2014 |
A very entertaining novel, ‘Capital’ is set in south London in the course of the year from December 2007 to November 2008. It concentrates on some of the households and workers of Pepys Road, which features a mix of nationalities, ages, incomes and backgrounds as found in many parts of London. The title can be read in two ways; referring to the capital city but also to the financial turmoil that engulfs some and enriches others. Intriguingly interwoven are strands about terrorism, refugees, jealousy and a mysterious threat to the residents of Pepys Road. Lanchester deftly unpicks the lives of his characters and holds your interest and sympathy for their varying problems throughout a captivating story.
  camharlow2 | Oct 7, 2014 |
A multi stranded story of the residents of Pepys Rd in SE London. Lanchester does a good job of bringing the strands together & getting under the skin of a number of disparate characters. ( )
  sianpr | Mar 11, 2014 |
Novels should complicate our sometimes-simplistic understanding of people and situations, not pander to them.

There are a lot of stereotypes in this book, but few actual people. The plot is banal, offering little in the way of insight or depth, and the writing reads at times like an A Level creative writing essay.

Tired cliches drift in and out: an investment banker with a money-obsessed wife, a hard-working polish builder who wants a girlfriend, a middle-eastern shop owner arrested for terrorism, an anonymous graffiti artist who sells his work for millions: all lazy reflections of a city and time that John Lanchester has failed to actually grapple with.

The only chapter worth reading is the prologue. You'll learn more about London and late-capitalism from reading a copy of Metro. ( )
  sometimeunderwater | Mar 11, 2014 |
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Alle Bewohner der Pepys Road suchen nach ihrem Glück: Roger Yount ist ein erfolgreicher Banker - mit zwei Kindern und einer verwöhnten Ehefrau. Dass er nicht die erwartete 1 Million Pfund Jahresprämie erhält, stürzt die Familie in eine Krise. Nebenan zieht die senegalesische Fußballhoffnung Freddy Kamo mit seinem Vater ein - wird ihm der internationale Durchbruch in einem Premier-League-Club gelingen? Petunia Howe lebte schon in der Pepys Road, als diese noch eine einfache Arbeiterstraße war. Pakistanische Kioskbesitzer stehen unter Terrorverdacht, die nigerianische Politesse ohne Arbeitserlaubnis schreibt Strafzettel und der polnische Handwerker Zbigniew liebt die Frauen, und die Frauen lieben ihn. An einem ganz normalen Tag liegt bei allen stolzen Eigenheimbesitzern dieser Straße eine merkwürdige Nachricht im Briefkasten: »Wir wollen, was ihr habt.« Ein Roman voller Mitgefühl, Humor und Protagonisten, die man nicht mehr missen möchte.
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Residents of Pepys Road in London receive odd, anonymous postcards demanding "We Want What You Have" during the financial meltdown of 2008.

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