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The Closed Circle (2004)

by Jonathan Coe

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A smashingly satisfying follow-up to The Rotter's Club. ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 3, 2013 |
Clever structure, the characters are all comically familiar, and spot-on cultural references. ( )
  LARA335 | Sep 10, 2011 |
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  Stef.Gyssels | Aug 3, 2011 |
Doug scratched his head, genuinely baffld by the direction the conversation was taking. 'Paul, the years haven't made you any less weird, you know. What do you mean "friends"? How could we ever be friends? What would this friendship consist of?'
'Well . . ' Paul had already worked out the answer to this. 'Malvina thought, for instance, that since you and I had children of about the same age, we could maybe introduce them and see if they wanted to play together.'
'Let me get this straight,' said Doug: Your media advisor is suggesting that your children and my children should play together? I've never heard anything so ridiculous!'


Starting when the teenagers of "The Rotters Club" are in their mid-thirties, this book follows them through the next few years. The story unfolds as New Labour ditches its socialist principles in favour of the 'third way' and BMW threatens to close Rover's Longbridge plant at Birmingham, where some of the characters' fathers used to work. ( )
  isabelx | Mar 8, 2011 |
Some readers may have found the lack of a nostalgic veneer a reason to find it ‘less good’ but I actually found the loose structure and sudden sverves of narrative more of a problem. Whereas The Rotter’s Club raises childhood/teenaged ghosts, The Closed Circle is a swipe at C21st British politics and, as such, seems less measured.

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1 vote moosiferjones | Jul 19, 2009 |
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Coe bemoans the collapse of any vestige of civic solidarity in the new gilded age as forcefully as the Australian Elliot Perlman or the American Thomas Frank, and deploys Doug Anderton as a lone voice of protest at the euthanasia of Old Labour by New: “The left’s moved way over to the right, the right’s moved a tiny bit to the left, the circle’s been closed and everyone else can go fuck themselves.”
 
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That would be satisfying, on some level; would have about it something of the symmetry he tended to spend much of his life vainly hunting for: the sense of a circle being closed ... (New York: Alfred A. Knopf 2005, p. 215)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375713956, Paperback)

The characters of The Rotters’ Club–Jonathan Coe’s beloved novel of adolescent life in the 1970s–have bartered their innocence for the vengeance of middle age in this incisive portrait of Cool Britannia at the millennium.

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Set against the backdrop of the Millenium celebrations and Britain's increasingly compromised role in America's 'war against terrorism', 'The Closed Circle' lifts the lid on an era in which politics and presentation, ideology and the media have become virtually indistinguishable.… (more)

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