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 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.From the Trade…
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    Alice Joneshas quoted4 years ago
    at least this sealed sub-baronial unit would probably be considered Sir Jack’s personal folly rather than an element in their own design statement. As long as no-one congratulated them on its ironic post-post-modernism.
    Alice Joneshas quoted4 years ago
    Martha had already discovered that she could make almost any boy fancy her as long as she didn’t fancy him.
    Alice Joneshas quoted4 years ago
    Had she been older, Martha might have thought the cruellest thing to do was let Jessica James and her smirking courtier continue in knees-together smugness until the day they walked up the aisle past the Crusader with his feet on the dog and into the sunset of the rest of their lives.

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