The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom. Estranged from his father, newly divorced, unable to communicate with his only daughter, he realises that while he may have 74 friends on Facebook, there is nobody in the world with whom he can actually share his problems. Then a business proposition... show more
Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom. Estranged from his father, newly divorced, unable to communicate with his only daughter, he realises that while he may have 74 friends on Facebook, there is nobody in the world with whom he can actually share his problems. Then a business proposition comes his way - a strange exercise in corporate PR that will require him to spend a week driving from London to a remote retail outlet on the Shetland Isles.Setting out with an open mind, good intentions and a friendly voice on his SatNav for company, Maxwell finds that this journey soon takes a more serious turn...Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. Among his novels, What a Carve Up! won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The House of Sleep won the Prix Médicis Étranger and The Rotters' Club won the Everyman Wodehouse Prize. He also published a biography of the novelist B.S. Johnson, which won the Orwell prize.
Publish date: March 1st 2011
Pages no: 339
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
The single-parent father is gay and doesn't know it. The single-parent son, 48, is gay and doesn't know it. A smug con artist of a writer makes a one page appearance and makes all this rubbish disappear. That's the miracle I was waiting for. If I've helped one person who thinks this book is good and...
Jonathan Coe did it again. A pretty decent effort of a novel spoiled by an abrupt, clumsy (and metafictional!) ending. Pity, because 'The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim' has its good moments and includes some brilliant dialogues and ideas. There's just too much here: too many characters, too many s...
Inhalt: Maxwell Sim wurde mit 48 Jahren von seiner Frau samt Tochter verlassen. Jedoch erhielt er sechs Monate nachdem dies passiert war ein Flugticket nach Australien zu seinem Vater, welches sie ihm noch gebucht hatte. Nach seinem Besuch in Australien ist die Beziehung zwischen Max und seinem Vate...
Die ungeheuerliche Einsamkeit des Maxwell Sim? Eher die ungeheuerliche Langeweile. Zu allererst: Ich habe das Buch nicht zu Ende gelesen. Manchmal muss man zu einem Buch einfach "Nein" sagen und seine Lebenszeit für bessere, lustigere, schönere Bücher nutzen. So ging es mir bei diesem Roman.Aber nic...