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A Week in December (2010)

by Sebastian Faulks

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This is a character study, set in London. Multiple characters, all very different. The story culminates at a millionaires dinner party. I found this a bit hard going in places but laugh out loud funny in others. My favourite characters were the female tube train driver, the reluctant teenage Islamic terrorist and the billionaire hedge fund manager who never laughs. ( )
  cathymoore | Apr 18, 2014 |
I wanted to like this book more than I did, but I found the satire to be strained and to betray an awkwardness with some of the concepts (e.g. online gaming, reality tv) that were being portrayed. I was pleasantly surprised by the ending, but overall found it pretty dull going. ( )
  Kirstie_Innes-Will | Apr 18, 2014 |
For me this book just didn't work - it tried to pack too many topical themes into the book and I didn't feel like it did them well or that they came together in a satisfying way. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Apr 16, 2014 |
Faulks weaves a taut story involving a group of disparate characters whose lives intersect and then disperse over a week in London. This book packs a punch when it comes to the super rich, their vacuous and amoral lives obsessed with money, status and power. There are also some heart warming moments in amongst the very unlikeable characters. ( )
  sianpr | Jan 26, 2014 |
This book took me quite a while to read because it's one of those books I thoroughly enjoyed when I was sitting down reading it, but I didn't have an urge to keep going back to it the way I do with most books.
The characters are very well written and, for the most part, likable even it they aren't good people. R. Tranter was my favorite character. He's a bitter remora of the the literary world and I had to laugh while sympathizing a bit with him.

I won a copy of this book on First Reads. ( )
  Athenable | Jan 10, 2014 |
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...a compelling tale of contemporary London.
 
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'Zolang de muziek speelt, moet je overeind blijven en dansen... We dansen nog steeds.'
Chuck Prince, bestuursvoorzitter, Citigroup, interview Financial Times, 9 juli 2007
'Als je met God praat, dan bid je. Als God met jou praat, dan heb je schizofrenie.'
Dr. Thomas Szasz, psychiater, The Second Sin, 1973
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From the author of the bestselling Birdsong comes a powerful novel that melds the moral heft of Dickens and the scrupulous realism of Trollope with the satirical spirit of Tom Wolfe.

London: the week before Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we follow the lives of seven major characters: a hedge fund manager trying to bring off the biggest trade of his career; a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland; a young lawyer with little work and too much time to speculate; a student who has been led astray by Islamist theory; a hack book reviewer; a schoolboy hooked on reality TV and genetically altered pot; and a Tube train driver whose Circle Line train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop.

With daring skill and savage humor, A Week in December explores the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life; as the novel moves to its gripping climax, its characters are forced, one by one, to confront the true nature of the world they—and we all—inhabit.

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London, the week before Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we follow the lives of seven major characters. With daring skill, the novel pieces together the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life.

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