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Suljettu piiri (Rotters' Club #2)

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Coen edellinen romaani Konnien klubi, joka sijoittui 1970-luvun koululaismaailmaan, oli romaani viattomuudesta. Suljettu piiri on sen vastakohta: romaani kokemuksesta. Vuosituhannen vaihteen aattoiltana, jolloin Tony Blair hallitsee päällisin puolin hyvännäköistä ja iskukuntoon viritettyä uutta Britanniaa, Benjamin Trotter seuraa juhlallisuuksia vanhempiensa televisiosta s ...more
Hardcover, 587 pages
Published 2006 by Otava (first published 2004)
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George Georgiadis
Ο Κόου καταφέρνει κάτι εκπληκτικό, να καταπιάνεται με πολλά θέματα όπως οι οικογενειακοί δεσμοί, οι διαπροσωπικές σχέσεις, η εσωτερική αναζήτηση νοήματος και σκοπού, εντάσσοντάς τα εντός ενός ευρύτερου κοινωνικοπολιτικού πλαισίου χωρίς να χάνει τον στόχο του. Όλα αυτά βεβαίως με τον γνώριμο διεισδυτικό και αιχμηρό σχολιασμό που άλλοτε είναι ευθύς και άλλοτε υποβόσκων, δημιουργώντας ένα γλυκόπικρο και σχεδόν ελεγειακό μυθιστόρημα, ένα πολυεπίπεδο character study με τον τρόπο που μόνο αυτός μπορεί ...more
Emily
Το βιβλίο αποτελεί τη συνέχεια της "Λέσχης των Τιποτένιων" και το καλύτερο θα ήταν να ξεκινήσει ο αναγνώστης από εκεί. Ο "Κλειστός κύκλος" ξανασυναντά τους έφηβους ήρωες της Λέσχης, 20 χρόνια μετά και παρακολουθεί τη ζωή τους, ανασκοπώντας παράλληλα τα χρόνια που πέρασαν.
Μου αρέσει πολύ η γραφή του Κόου και ίσως αδικείται σε ένα audio book, γιατί δε σου δίνεται εύκολα η ευκαιρία να ανατρέξεις σε προηγούμενες σελίδες ή να κρατήσεις σημειώσεις για κάτι που σου τράβηξε το ενδιαφέρον.
Ο Κόου έχει την
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Jim
Mar 05, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ana Carvalheira
Jan 26, 2016 Ana Carvalheira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“O Círculo Fechado” constitui uma narrativa superlativamente inteligente e bem construída, quer do ponto de vista da estruturação literária, quer da ação, dos temas que aborda, prenhes de contemporaneidade, vistos, analisados, experienciados por um grupo de personagens notáveis!

Em plena era Tony Blair e do Labour Party, numa Inglaterra neoliberal, Claire, Benjamin, Paul, Doug, Steve, todos colegas na mesma escola quando adolescentes, relatam-nos, passados vinte e cinco anos, o seu dia-a-dia, os
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T4ncr3d1
Mar 01, 2011 T4ncr3d1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inglesi
"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,
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Tiziana
Jul 10, 2010 Tiziana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ophelinha
Mar 13, 2016 Ophelinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coe remains one of the greatest critics of the British society
Agatha
Jan 15, 2008 Agatha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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!
Natalie
Feb 26, 2017 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, in conjunction with The Rotters' Club, was awesome. I was surprised at how moved I found myself while reading both. Highly recommended. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Coe's work.
Ian Mapp
Nov 07, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Stefano Zorba
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
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Francesca
May 12, 2014 Francesca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Elsa
Jul 29, 2011 Elsa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: société, angleterre
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
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Boyd
Jul 07, 2010 Boyd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Karen
May 18, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim
Dec 25, 2010 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Atticus06
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.
Holly
Apr 15, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Johnlondesborough
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
Sera
Dec 15, 2012 Sera rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kim
Jul 12, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great sequel to The Rotters Club, continuing the story of Benjamin and Lois Trotter and their friends and family, resolving many of the issues left unresolved at the end of the first book. Great read - 9/10.
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

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dirimpa
Letto (anzi, quasi divorato), sull’onda dell’entusiasmo de “La banda dei brocchi”, alla fine mi ha decisamente deluso. A dirla tutta, sembra quasi che Jonathan Coe avesse un paio di bollette di troppo da pagare, e un contratto già firmato con l’editore, e abbia voluto costruire un intero romanzo intorno a un paio di punti lasciati in sospeso nel primo romanzo. Senza oltretutto brillare in quello che a lui generalmente viene così bene, e cioè descrivere il mondo attraverso le sue storie, ricche d ...more
Ross Brown
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The Boy Bands Have Won
Jonathan Coe è un furbetto. Uno che mescola riflessioni e immagini dei tempi che corrono e che correvano - alcune particolarmente vivide e riuscite -, con storie di amori e tradimenti, esaltazioni, disperazioni, sconfitte. In certi punti è così sfacciato, Jonathan Coe, che ti viene voglia di andarlo a trovare e chiedergli come si aspetta che la gente gli creda: che il mondo sembri ruotare intorno allo stesso gruppetto di amici, che si incontrano e si scontrano come Kiss-Me-Licia, si accoppiano e ...more
Kairi
Dec 10, 2013 Kairi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coup-de-coeur
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
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Sue Pit
Sep 16, 2016 Sue Pit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british
This book is the follow up to Jonathan Coe's "The Rotter's Club". It was a timely read for me as I was attending around this time a high school reunion and thus seeing people after many years, just as "The Closed Circle" follows up decades later regarding a group of people who attended school together in the 1970s and the surprises that entails. As "Closed Circle" regards a group who grew up in Birmingham, England, there is a British perspective including the puzzlement of Tony Blair joining for ...more
Taylor
Aug 04, 2007 Taylor rated it liked it  ·  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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