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3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  80 ratings  ·  4 reviews
President Bliss is handling a tricky situation with customary brio, but after months of ceaseless rain the city is sinking under the floods. The rich are safe on high ground, but the poor are getting damper in their packed tower blocks, and the fanatical 'Last Days' sect is recruiting thousands. When at last the sun breaks through the clouds Lottie heads off to the opera, ...more
ebook, 347 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Saqi Books (first published 2004)
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I got half way through this book which is the furthest I've ever got in a book that I wasn't enjoying. Indeed, I actually started this book three times because I couldn't remember who was who in the mass of characters. This time, when I made it half way through, I still couldn't. Nobody was particular meaningful or engaging and (unless I missed it when I started to skim read) there was little reference to what I had expected to be the main arc of the book (the post-apocalyptic politicking). If t ...more
I recall that I read 'The White Family' by Gee when it was nominated for the Orange Prize and quite liked it.

This novel has some of the characters from that in it, along with some from another Gee novel - it seems once she has invented a character she likes to get her moneys worth! But otherwise its a wholly different kind of novel.

A dystopian world where everythings gone a bit wrong with politics, people and mostly the weather. And other that that it lost me a bit.

I couldn't connect with the ch
Markus Bakke
Interesting book, with some good stories. The endind was disappointing, but that's only a matter of taste. I would probably enjoy it more if I read it a second time, but was okay the first time.
Jul 29, 2011 Sara marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Maggie Gee is an English novelist. She was born in Poole, Dorset, then moved to the Midlands and later to Sussex. She was educated at state schools and at Oxford University (MA, B Litt). She later worked in publishing and then had a research post at Wolverhampton Polytechnic where she completed the department's first PhD. She has written eleven novels and a collection of short stories, and was the ...more
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