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England, England - Julian Barnes
England, England
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Booker Prize Finalist"Wickedly funny." --The New York TimesImagine an England where all the pubs are quaint,  where the Windsors behave themselves (mostly), where the cliffs of Dover are actually white, and where Robin Hood and his merry men really are merry.  This is precisely what visionary... show more
Booker Prize Finalist"Wickedly funny." --The New York TimesImagine an England where all the pubs are quaint,  where the Windsors behave themselves (mostly), where the cliffs of Dover are actually white, and where Robin Hood and his merry men really are merry.  This is precisely what visionary tycoon, Sir Jack Pitman, seeks to accomplish on the Isle of Wight, a "destination" where tourists can find replicas of Big Ben (half size), Princess Di's grave, and even Harrod's (conveniently located inside the tower of London).Martha Cochrane, hired as one of  Sir Jack's resident "no-people," ably assists him in realizing his dream.  But when this land of make-believe gradually gets horribly and hilariously out of hand, Martha develops her own vision of the perfect England.  Julian Barnes delights us with a novel that is at once a philosophical inquiry, a burst of mischief, and a moving elegy about authenticity and nationality.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375705502 (0375705503)
ASIN: 375705503
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Karin's Reading Chronicles
Karin's Reading Chronicles rated it
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England, England by Julian Barnes ★ ****note that I am not a fan of satire as a rule, even though I understand it, so this greatly affects my rating and dislike of this novel*** England, England contains a novel within a novel. Enclosed within the story of Martha Cochrane, is the satirical...
Aerin
Aerin rated it
3.0 Review: England, England, by Julian Barnes
An old one - brought to mind by Ceridwen's excellent review of Dark Witch. --- The hardest books for me to review are the ones that I objectively think are quite good, but that, for whatever reason, I didn't actually like very much. This is one of those.On the one hand, I want to tell people: do...
Literary Ames
Literary Ames rated it
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The Library Book"The Defence of the Book by Julian Barnes 5★A previously unseen extract from England, England."
helenliz
helenliz rated it
3.0 England, England
Slightly strange view of a future I don't know that I want, but is too well grounded in real life to be totally unreasonable... Contains a classic piece of advice " you can't blame your parents for anything after the age of 25"
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