The Rotters' Club (Rotters' Club #1)
Not the case.
Not only did I love it the second time around, I think I liked it even more.
As much as I don't like to compare authors so much, I can't help but describe this as Rushdie...more
The only thing I g...more
‘Wanted girl friend, any age, but 4 ft. 10 in. or under, all letters answered.’
“Guy, 18, cat lover, seeks London chick, into Sabbath. Only Freaks please.”
“Freaky Guy (20) wants crazy chick (16+) for love. Into Quo and Zep”
Leeds boy with scooter, looks OK, seeks girlfriend 17-21 for discos, concerts. Photo appreciated
[Note: the above are quotations from genuine lonely hearts advertisements in Sounds (1973)]
Why the hell had I n...more
RC isn't laugh out loud funny, but it's pretty funny. I felt a bit bad laughing at people who get excited at the culinary possibilities of sour cream and sometimes Coe takes too many cheap shots of the 'boy the seve...more
Και τελικά όσοι μου το έλεγαν είχαν δίκιο,αξίζει.Πολύ!
Υπέροχος λόγος και μετάφραση,αρχικά.Το περιεχόμενο με μετέφερε σε περιοχές και ιστορίες που δεν ήξερα.Επίσης όλο το βιβλίο έχει μουσικές και αυτό το κάνει μοναδικό,με τις υποσημειώσεις του.Επίσης εξαιρετικό το επίμετρο-σχόλιο μιας εποχής άγνωστης στην χώρα μας.Αλήθεια,πόσο φωτίζεται η βρετανική κοινωνία μέσω του Κόου;Πολύ,θα έλεγα.
Οπότε συνεχίζω δυναμικά στον κόσμο του Κόου,καθώς μάλ...more
There's not a lot of plot here, more an episodic approach to a group of friends, a town, a time, but the writing is so original and the characters so appeali...more
E' proprio vero: La banda dei Brocchi ha fatto per gli anni Settanta ciò che La famiglia Winshaw aveva fatto per gli anni Ottanta: un ricchissimo spaccato di società e vita inglese durante un d...more
As one of those impressing novels which is both hilarious and touching at the same time with all those bittersweet moments of characters, The Rotters' Club is more than an average coming of age story. The political background and 70s...more
It was hard to keep track of the layered plot lines initially, but I eventually got a hold of them. I also felt as though I would have been better equipped had I known more about Britain during the 1970s. But there was something charming about a lot of the characters, perhaps be...more
I had been aware of it, vaguely. Had I know what it was about, I’m sure I would have read it much sooner.
Why? Well, aside from the fact I couldn’t have written it – not having the necessary literary skills – it might have been about my life.
The story concerns a group of four boys who attend a public (private) school in Birmingham (UK) in the 1970s,...more
Four families, their stories told mostly by their school age sons, live in Birmingham in the 70's. The book is about England in those times (Freaks, the music scene, hippies, punk, the unions, the working class, the Jamaican immigrants, the IRA) and how lives of ordinary people are impacted by the changing times. Since the main...more
Whether teenage to adult, prog rock to punk, Labour to Tory, racist to tolerant or loner to lover this is a sometimes unnecessarily repulsive but often hilarious story of a group of teenagers and a nation growing up and changing - for better or worse.
Some reviewers complained of being bogged down by too many characters and interweaving stories but I didn't find this confusing or offputting at all.
An enjoyable and easy read which makes...more
Ah, this is an easy review to write!
I loved this book for entirely selfish and ego-centric reasons: it was written by a man of my nationality, age and social class. It is set in his/my teenage years, and its references, events, feel and whole approach is so close to my own, that every few pages I felt I was back there, a teenager in 1976 whose life centre consisted of pretentious prog rock bands, strange encounters with utterly non world-changing things like girls and personal religion (...more
Però, per me le tre stelle de "La banda dei brocchi" sono meno lusinghiere di quello che sembrano. Jonathan Coe, mi ha abituato a libri molto migliori: romanzi che, se fosse stato...more
Easy to read.
I felt for the characters. Initially was won over by the intertwining of personal stories and 70s history.
There were too many changes of voice as the book went on - telling the story through diff...more
My only (slight) gripe is that were are so many other characters involved in the multiple overlapping sub-plots, I had to draw a chart to keep track of them all and the interrelation between them.
Primo romanzo che leggo di Coe, è riuscito a catturarmi senza adottare particolari tecniche di seduzione, lasciando fluire con naturalezza i protagonisti e le loro esperienze, dove la semplicità — grazie al cielo — ha regnato sovrana. Ragazzi come tanti (come chiunque di noi), con le loro speranze e incertezze, che tentano di dare un senso al futuro sapendo di arrancare ancora nel presente.
La leggerezza usata dall'autore, anche negli squarci politici, riesce a rendere partecipi in m...more
This is especially prevalent in the fi...more
Instead of writing about what actually happens in the book (spoilers!) what struck me was the number of unexpected turns the story took. There is very little to say about the book that doesn't end up needing a spoiler alert tacked on the front. So lets just say the story is highly inventive and deeply layered. These are things that are truly com...more
Jonathan Coe, born 19 August 1961 in Birmingham, is a British novelist and writer. His work usually has an underlying preoccupation with political issues, although this serious engagement is often expressed comically in the form of satire. For example, What a Carve Up! rew...more
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