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A Vicious Circle

by Amanda Craig

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A satire of modern manners, dissecting and connecting modern London, from its literary circuit to its hospitals and slums, as well as giving an amusing and poignant portrait of childbirth and motherhood.
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I got the feeling this book started as a shopping list of 'issues' (AIDS, motherhood, overcrowded hospitals), with some added snippets of the author's own experience in journalism, all strung loosely together to form a plot. Surprisingly it worked fantastically well. This was a terrific read from start to finish, with some great one-liners (the one about the rectal fissure was a highlight; I won't repeat it here....). I would definitely read more by this author. ( )
1 vote jayne_charles | Aug 27, 2010 |
Excellent. Amanda Craig seems capable of keeping an infinite number or plates spinning atop an infinite number of poles, effortlessly weaving her elaborate plots through increasingly sinuous twists and turns while never once compromising her plausibility.
This novel offers a frightening indictment on London Society, and on the relentless trains placed on the National health service. It is also pretty damning of the world of book reviewing, too, so I won't say much more! ( )
1 vote Eyejaybee | Jul 29, 2010 |
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