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The state we're in
am 25. Dezember 2013
John Lanchester knows his London and enough about the world of finance and the world of non-deported persons to create a street that reflects the extremes of contemporary London (with some of it transposable to other parts of Western Europe). He is good at giving his many characters distinctive voices and makes it easy for the reader to keep them in mind as different people.
Because of all the little stories within the story one is prepared to stay with him, although the supposed main narrative remains flat for much of the book and finds a weak resolution at the end. And this is the one drawback of the book: Lanchester allows himself plenty of space to develop the various strands at the cost of the main narrative and once he has got to crisis point, he seems to feel the need to wind everything up pretty quickly.
Still, as a look of the state we're in it is an amazingly good read (and not as bitter as the novel of that title).