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Wake Up

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For John, a potato isn't just a staple food, it's wondorous, the secret of his success and key to the future. With his brother he has turned their father's greengrocery into Spudnik. Now he wants to change the world by introducing edible vaccines.
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published 2002 by Bloomsbury
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Chelsea Anne
Globalization. Modified technology. Personality Disorders. Human life. Half-truths. Potatoes.

This book was kind of a slow-paced for me. John Sharpe, the main character and narrator of the story drives along the Ring Road while taking us (the readers) into his different experiences and adventures while he was growing up, childhood to adolescence to manhood.

There were a lot of deceiving information throughout the story. John would narrate it as if it really had happened but later reveal that it wa...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

John Sharpe is driving round the ring round; and getting steadily loopier as time goes on. Very little time passes in the course of the book. A whole heap of reflections by an unreliable narrator. Great stuff! There's an underlying semi-pseudo-plot about genetic modification, but it's not how I thought it would be when I read the teasers.

I definitely need to read Pears' other books.

Two brothers run a potato empire. The geeky one is involved in a GM trial that went wrong and is turning himself in psychological knots re his guilt (or otherwise) about that and all sort of other things. The main "shock" is quite predictable, but the other, not at all. A quick read, but a very good one.
Disappointing read years after enjoying In the place of fallen leaves so much. I don't know why he has to be so crass. Apparently the Brits are crazy about him, but I don't think I'll read his other books.
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