Very enjoyable. Loved the way it seemed to capture the mood of the period and the characters inhabiting the book seemed very natural. Wry humour contrasts with some poignant detail.
Winner of the Booker prize. I wanted a taste of good literature, and I got one. I should read novels more often.
Creating likeable characters was not the main point. nick is a rather classical anti-hero, he has no charisma and he is opportunistic. All he does is passing through history , taking the best from his rich pals and skipping the damages some of them encounter. but the prose is subtle and sophisticated and the taste for beauty is melancholic. I particularly like the character of Leo, well shaped. In general I've found it a clever, beautiful novel, with a classical touch that impressively counterbalance the 80s setting...Continua
None of the characters are likable, it doesn't really try to drive home the satirical possibilities of the Thatcher era and it was only the quality of the writing that enabled me to persevere until the end.
In the end a certain depth of understanding of Nick the main character develops but it's not really full return on the time spent reading....Continua
Beautiful prose and acute social observations. Reading through this novel, you'd really feel like living as a borderline socialite in the 1980s in the UK. However the book leave me with a sense of irrelevance - as if you've driven by a beautiful house, peeked into that beautiful front bay window, saw the beautiful people moving around. And that's it....Continua