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A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks

A Week in December (2010)

by Sebastian Faulks

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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 |
This is a very clever book, It is about 7 characters in London and loosely links their lifes together.
Interesting book. Faulks brings these characters to life very well. You could also class London as a character in this book. The only bit I didnt really care about was the financial information that was written about John Veals the hedge fund manager but apart from that this is a very enjoyable book. Dont want to spoil the story some of the characters are more likeable than others. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Nov 2, 2013 |
High expectations, unmet. Don't rush to read if you are looking to relive the beauty of Birdsong. This is not it. Faulks attempts to paint a mosaic of important contemporary trends, but is ultimately unconvincing and unsuccessful. ( )
  mabroms | Sep 3, 2013 |
This is a powerful contemporary novel set in London from a master of literary fiction.

Structured like a thriller, A Week in December takes place over the course of a single week at the end of 2008. Set in London, it brings together an intriguing cast of characters whose lives seem to run on parallel lines but, as gradually becomes clear, are intricately related. The central anti-hero, John Veals, is a shadily successful and boundlessly ambitious Dickensian character who is trading billions. The tentacles of Veals’ influence encompass newspaper columnists, MPs, businessmen, footballers, a female tube driver, a Scottish convert to Islam, a disaffected teenager, and a care worker, whose different perspectives build up a tale of love, family and money as the story builds to its powerful climax. All of the characters are utterly believable, and finely drawn, and Faulks displays complete mastery in the manner in which he interleaves their stories.

At times hilarious, yet also strewn with undercurrents of melancholic resignation, this novel also offers some poignant insights. The most striking of these was Gabriel Northwood's passionate lament over the failure of the education system, and the sad descent from a halcyon age when children were taught from a belief that it was simply good to have a wide base of knowledge rather than to equip them to take on jobs that might no longer be there by the time they leave school. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Aug 14, 2013 |
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...a compelling tale of contemporary London.
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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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