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Suljettu piiri (Rotters' Club #2)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  2,511 ratings  ·  122 reviews
The Closed Circle follows the adolescent characters from The Rotter's Club into middle age. On New Year's Eve of 1999, with Tony Blair presiding over a glossy new version of Britain, Benjamin Trotter watches the celebration on television in the same Birmingham house where he'd grown up. Watches, in fact, his younger brother Paul, now a member of Parliament and a rising sta ...more
Hardcover, 587 pages
Published 2006 by Otava (first published 2004)
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Coe writes about frustration - professional, creative, and sexual; frustrations in relationships and a loss of faith amidst the crumbling of personal verities. It can be a little depressing, but it's also cathartic and very, very compelling, with a subtle humor rooted in a very dark sense of irony. His books are perfect for those of us who have reached a certain age, who suspect that the world is broken and who are looking for the words to describe a creeping sense of malaise.

Like all of Coe's n
"Le parole possono avere il significato che vuoi, nell'era dell'ironia."

La banda dei brocchi incontra la famiglia Winshaw: e il cerchio finalmente si chiude.
Sebbene sia ormai aduso alla narrativa di Coe (e anzi, forse proprio per questo) mi risulta particolarmente difficile recensire questo romanzo. O anche soltanto scegliere il giusto giudizio. Forse, a ben vedere, è ancora troppo forte e troppo nitido il ricordo de La banda dei brocchi, che mi aveva esaltato e affascinato. E in questo romanzo,
Aw, Paul Trotter, what have you turned into...
In this follow up to The Rotters' Club Paul's character is the only one that I really struggled to reconcile with his younger version in the former book. The 'creepy little thing' turned MP for New Labour has lost a lot of his scariness and become a laughable figure. A bit of disappointment there is inevitable, for a lover of black humour like me.
In fact, a lot of the characters haven't (yet) fulfilled the promises they had as teenagers, and we find
Questo libro è il seguito de "La banda dei brocchi". I due libri sono da leggere in sequenza dal momento che "Circolo chiuso", oltre a trattare di tutti i personaggi de "La banda dei brocchi", è imprescindibile dagli eventi avvenuti nel volume precedente.
Sono entrambi due libri scritti in modo impeccabile. Ho apprezzato molto il fatto che, all'interno di uno stesso volume, Coe usi diversi metodi di narrazione. Anche il fatto che la narrazione non sia solo ed esclusivamente lineare rende più intr
I love love loved The Rotter's Club and this sequel/ending to the saga of British youth during the tumultuous 70s/80s fell flat. Some surprises of incest and religious zeal...but not worth it. You're better off imagining an ending for these characters yourself!
Big and shapeless. At the end of THE ROTTERS' CLUB--which I liked--Coe indicated that the book's many questions and unfinished narratives would be elucidated and/or resolved in the sequel, but apparently the thing got away from him, and after a strong beginning, the story grows increasingly bloated and meandering. People keep disappearing for months or years and reappearing suddenly and going off on underexplained junkets and brooding tragically (and endlessly) about their unhappy lives while tu ...more
Ian Mapp
Where to start with a beast of a book like this. In retrospect, it appears to be larger than it actually was - so many characters and so much stuff is in it.

A sequel to the excellent Rotters club, it has most of the same characters. All of them in their 40s and disappointed by life.

In very much the same vein as the RC - politics and personal lives intertwine. So much so that one of the Trotters is a blairite MP which gives the author plenty of chance to comment of the Iraq war, terrorism (very a
Ceux qui étaient passés à côté de leurs rêves.

Voici la suite de l'excellent Bienvenue au club, qui nous plongeait dans la jeunesse des années 70. Si Bienvenue au club avait une petite touche de folie et de frivolité, le goût est cette fois-ci plus amer et nous place dans la noirceur des années récentes. Cette suite est plus critique et acerbe, n'hésitant à écorner la politique de Tony Blair. Aujourd'hui, cette jeunesse a 45 ans, s'est dégarnie et a pris du ventre. Nous retrouvons avec plaisir no
La banda dei brocchi di Jonathan Coe si legge tutto d'un fiato.
Ci si appassiona alle vicende, si vuole sapere ad ogni costo come finiranno le storie di questi adolescenti che sono la scusa di un affresco preciso dell'Inghilterra degli anni Settanta.

Grande è la gioia quando alla fine una nota dell'autore preannuncia che ci sarà un seguito intitolato "Circolo chiuso".

Purtroppo devo dire che questo seguito non è all'altezza delle aspettative.

Benjamin Trotter nonostante sia sposato non ha dimenticat
Lorenzo Berardi
The Closed Circle is the follow-up of The Rotters Club characters' story twenty five years later on paper. In the real world three years are passed by between the release of the two books.

Well, the question is: what's happened to Jonathan Coe in the meanwhile?
Apparently he has lost his touch in just a few dozens months.

Where The Rotters Club was funny and ironic, The Closed Circle is merely ambitious. Where The Rotters Club was sensible and melancholic, The Closed Circle is unemotional.
The same
Derek Baldwin
This is a well-written and thoughtful book but it has little of the emotional depth of The Rotters Club and very few laugh-aloud moments. As a document of its time (the early 00's) it isn't especially resonant either. But I was glad to be able to find out the fate of Miriam, grim thought it was, as well as the later lives of the principal characters from the earlier novel. And it was enjoyable to finally read some of Benjamin's, ahem, poetry.

Part of what made The Rotters Club such fun was the ra
I really liked this book, but found it less compelling than The Rotter's Club. I especially loved the story of Claire and Miriam, and thought that Claire's character and story were the highlights of the novel. Claire actually seemed so real to me that I can't stop thinking about her, several days after finishing the book. The Closed Circle was more sober than The Rotter's Club, which could have worked if the characters were more likeable. I was especially disappointed with the choices the author ...more
Hmmm. I liked this, really enjoying it, until I read some stinging criticisms of it on Amazon. And they were so true. The unbelievable coincidences; the near desperation to close circles left open from The Rotter's Club; the shallowness of some of the characters who seemed to be fleshed-out as opposed to fleshed-in from the first novel; the political posturing; the neo liberalism. All true. Once I was aware of them, the book went limp in my hands. It was all wrong. Fortunately I had only fifty p ...more
I genuinely enjoyed this book - I loved getting back to the characters that had been so well developed in The Rotter's Club - but I can honestly not imagine enjoying this book without reading the prequel. The loose ends this book tied up were all started in the previous book. Only a few of the new issues were concluded in a satisfying way (the whole premise of this book seemed to be wrapping up the last book... and if that's what it was meant to be, then fine, but the plot of this book was just ...more
This sequel to the Rotter's Club was not as enjoyable for me as the Rotter's Club itself, perhaps because I'm old enough to remember the seventies (when RC happens) with nostalgia. But both books are really well written and their social comment on the changes (mostly sad) in Britain during my life time struck me as very acute.I don't know if books can do anything to improve society by making readers think about it, but if so The Rotter's Club and Closed Circle may do som good as well as being gr ...more
Mi ha preso meno di La banda dei brocchi e penso che in alcune scelte sia un po' improbabile. Sono indeciso se definire il finale(il colpo di scena) un po' furbetto.
Forse questo seguito non era necessario. Sembra che volesse dare un seguito alle storie di tutti ma la sensazione(personale) è che sia forzato.
Mi ha ricordato un po' John Irving ma con meno ironia e meno trasporto.
O forse sono io che voglio tenermi il ricordo ingenuo e fanciullesco dei ragazzi invece dei problematici e tristi adulti.
Paul The Uncommon Reader

Middle age, disillusionment, decay, renewal, closure

I had a strange experience when I initially started to read this book. I knew it was the sequel to The Rotters’ Club – especially after I had read the author’s note – and that it only made sense to read it if I had read that first book. The thing was, I was convinced that I had read The Rotters’ Club, and it was only after reading the first ten pages or so of The Closed Circle that I realised this was making no sense. Why was this woman w

Ne "La banda dei brocchi" i liceali del King's college di Birmingham cercavano di tenersi in equilibrio tra vita scolastica, sogni e progetti e il marasma e le incertezze creati dai loro genitori alle prese con matrimoni poco riusciti, amorazzi, problemi lavorativi e lotte sociali (siamo nell'Inghilterra degli anni '70). Proprio le pagine che raccontano le vicende degli adulti sono, secondo me, le migliori di quel libro. Ne ho avuto conferma leggendo "Circolo chiuso"(le due opere compongono, ins ...more
As if it is not depressing enough to see our beloved characters from the first book The Rotters' Club at annoying positions and bleak situations 30 years later (surely it was inevitable especially for Benjamin but some things should have stayed as unresolved issues because life is full of unresolved issues actually), we cannot see the humor of the first book at this sequel either and that's what disappointed me the most.
Το τέλος της "Λέσχης των τιποτένιων" αφήνει αναπάντητα πολλά ερωτήματα και ο "Κλειστός Κύκλος" καλείται να τα απαντήσει. Όπως πολλά βιβλία που έχουν ως στόχο να συμπληρώσουν και να ανταπεξέλθουν σε ένα υπέροχο prequel, ο "Κλειστός Κύκλος" απαντά τα ερωτήματα, αλλά αποτυγχάνει να ξεπεράσει την αρχή του. Οι πρώην έφηβοι χαρακτήρες είναι πλέον ενήλικοι, με ενήλικα προβλήματα, ενήλικους προβληματισμούς και μάλλον ανήλικη αντιμετώπιση. Το μοτίβο των περίπλοκων ερωτικών σχέσεων, του ανεκπλήρωτου, του ...more
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Le strade di coloro che ne "La banda dei brocchi" erano solo ragazzi, ora si intrecciano nuovamente e sfociano in qualcosa di più maturo.
Coe è sempre bravo a muovere i suoi attori e a donare loro dialoghi godibili e per nulla banali. Nel suo modo di narrare c'è una sorta di intimità in grado di avvolgere il lettore e renderlo partecipe al punto giusto, e per fortuna qui non strafà mai.
Questa storia è ricca di intrecci affrontati con leggerezza e mostrati per quello che sono: vite in movi
Anne Claire
Suite de "Bienvenue au Club".
L'Angleterre de Tony Blair entre dans le nouveau millnaire, et les hros de Bienvenue au club dans l'ge mr. Vingt ans aprs, qu'ont-ils fait de leurs idaux de jeunesse ? N'auraient-ils d'autre choix qu'entre compromissions et immobilisme ? Seul l'affreux Paul, leur cadet, un politicien opportuniste, semble s'adapter ces temps nouveaux et aux nouveaux cercles du pouvoir. Mai
Opunzia Espinosa
Mi sono innamorata di Jonathan Coe anni fa (credo una decina, forse qualcosa di più), leggendo La Banda dei Brocchi. Quel romanzo mi ha spinta a leggere tutto o quasi di Coe. Come potevo tralasciare il sequel dell'opera che mi ha fatto scoprire ed apprezzare un autore così talentuoso? Circolo Chiuso, però, è stato una mezza delusione. Due stelline sono poche, me ne rendo conto, eppure non me la sento di regalargliene tre. Se non altro perché ho letto sbadigliando tutta la parte centrale del roma ...more
This, The Closed Circle (TCC) is a straightforward sequel to The Rotters’ Club (TRC) and there would be no point reading this having not read the earlier book.

The same characters from TRC are now 25 years older, with kids of their own. There were some unanswered questions from the first book and this book pretty much ties up all of them.

Sadly, I think it would have been better if TCC had not been written, but it was and, having enjoyed TRC immensely, I felt compelled to read TCC.

Even though we f
Now, first of all I think we should separate the first 3/4 of the story from the last quarter, because they were very different since it’s in the last quarter that the circle closes, and it makes you see everything that has happened before in a new light.

There was this heavy, even kind of gloomy atmosphere all throughout the first 3/4 of the story, and actually the only ray of sunshine in the pale lives entwined in the plot was Sophie, who represented everything that Benjamin, Lois and the othe
Jul 22, 2014 Taylor rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked "Rotters Club"
Closed Circle is the follow-up to one of my favorite books, The Rotters Club. The Rotters Club is all about a group of friends going through their adolescence and Closed Circle finds them in middle age.

Rotters Club had a political undercurrent, but this has a lot more politics in it, which felt a little overwhelming from the standpoint of someone who doesn't know much about English politics. Once it got in to Tony Blair and Iraq, I was fine (obviously), but everything up to that point was a litt
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This is the second Jonathan Coe book I've read - I read What a Carve Up at the beginning of the year but for some reason never got round to writing a review, so I may as well say now that I loved that book, and I loved this one. My enjoyment of them both can be attributed to similar factors - a large cast of believable characters you either love or love to hate, social and political commentary seamlessly woven into the narrative, a healthy dose of satirical humour, a varied narrative composed of ...more
This is the follow up to The Rotter's Club which I liked a lot. This one is more of a "where are they now?" The narrative starts in 1999 and ends where the first book ended.

In between we follow and find out what happpened to the gang. Claire and her search for her gone long ago sister Miriam. Claire who married Philip, divorced him, ran to Italy and is worried she wasn't a good mother to their son Patrick. Philip remarried, made a comfortable life for himself. Small time journalist he's going a
Jonathan Coe's book is actually a continuation of a story he began in an earlier novel, which I had not read. This in no way diminishes the enjoyment to be derived from this sprawling tale, set across years with a small but internecine group of friends and relations.

There are moments where the stretch to make events occur might cause Thomas Hardy to blush at their contrivance. But overlooking the author's love of chance and coincidence, the story is filled with a rich and nuanced portrait of a p
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