Killed in the name of freedom. Killed in the name of oil and steel. Choked on carbon monoxide and strangled with a pair of fluffy dice.
How did it come to this? How did the ultimate freedom machine end up paralysing us all? How did we end up driving to our own funeral, in somebody else's gravy train?
Deborah and Geoffrey know, but they have trans ...more
The protagonis ...more
The one thing about Elton is that he always keeps me on my toes - the twists and turns he throws out there are always (or almost always) a complete surprise. I never (or rarely) see them coming. I am constantly surprised when ...more
By the television comedy writer of "Blackadder" and "The Young Ones," this is an ecological disaster novel written with humor but containing an underlying seriousness. Gridlock is when a city dies. Killed in the name of freedom. Killed in the name of oil and steel. Choked on carbon monoxide and strangled with a pair of fuzzy dice. How did it come to this? How did the ultimate freedom machine end up paralyzing us all? How did we end up driving to our own funeral in somebody else's gravy t
As things moved a ...more
The political BS framing the road vs public transport argument, jokes aside, can be easily extrapolated to frame any other argument really, especially when words like 'personal rights' and 'economic scarcity' are bandied about.
Makes a ripe reread ...more
As is often commented, stick to this and the other early stuff, assume he stopped writing in the late 90's and you'll be on the right track.
The book has great observations about British society (for instance, speeches that are given at party conferences. Elton remarks that one of the party's ministers could talk absolute nonsense, copulate a dog while on stage, and s ...more
The language used is a bit dated, but I could see what Ben Elton was doing. I am possibility a bit sensitive about the wrod 'spastic' since I am challenged by spasticity each day.
The first half of the novel was slow and lacking in much excitement but things started to get quite gripping towards the last 100 or so pages.
Not a serious read but would be ok as a holiday read.
It feels as though he wrote a list of issues he wanted to say something about, thought of some humour to make his point, and then wove it into a narrative. The narrative is cluttered with too many issues. The point he wants to make that he gets spot on is making our two disabled heroes brave, loveable and coping well with an unfriendly world.
His career as both performer and writer encompasses some of the most memo ...more
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‘Yes, boss... it’s true. There’s hardly any buses, the trains are hopelessly underfunded, and hence the entire population is stuck in traffic”