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Circolo chiuso (Rotters' Club #2)

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Circolo chiuso è il seguito de La banda dei brocchi e si snoda lungo un arco che va dagli anni settanta del primo romanzo ai giorni nostri. Ma, mentre La banda dei brocchi è il romanzo dell'innocenza, Circolo chiuso è il suo opposto: è il romanzo dell'esperienza.
Non più ragazzi, molti dei personaggi devono lottare contro la tristezza, le responsabilità e le ragioni dell'et...more
Paperback, 403 pages
Published 2005 by Feltrinelli (first published 2004)
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Jim
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...more
Tancredi
"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,...more
Tiziana
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...more
Francesca
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...more
Agatha
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!
Boyd
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
Ian Mapp
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...more
Elsa
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
Karen
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
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
Holly
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
Wolfpabiru
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.
Sera
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.
Opunzia Espinosa
Mi sono innamorata di Jonathan Coe anni fa (credo una decina, forse qualcosa di più), leggendo La Banda dei Brocchi. Quel romanzo mi ha spinta a leggere tutto o quasi di Coe. Come potevo tralasciare il sequel dell'opera che mi ha fatto scoprire ed apprezzare un autore così talentuoso? Circolo Chiuso, però, è stato una mezza delusione. Due stelline sono poche, me ne rendo conto, eppure non me la sento di regalargliene tre. Se non altro perché ho letto sbadigliando tutta la parte centrale del roma...more
Philtrum
This, The Closed Circle (TCC) is a straightforward sequel to The Rotters’ Club (TRC) and there would be no point reading this having not read the earlier book.

The same characters from TRC are now 25 years older, with kids of their own. There were some unanswered questions from the first book and this book pretty much ties up all of them.

Sadly, I think it would have been better if TCC had not been written, but it was and, having enjoyed TRC immensely, I felt compelled to read TCC.

Even though we f...more
Kairi Hayakawa
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...more
Taylor K.
Jul 22, 2014 Taylor K. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Colleen
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Blair
This is the second Jonathan Coe book I've read - I read What a Carve Up at the beginning of the year but for some reason never got round to writing a review, so I may as well say now that I loved that book, and I loved this one. My enjoyment of them both can be attributed to similar factors - a large cast of believable characters you either love or love to hate, social and political commentary seamlessly woven into the narrative, a healthy dose of satirical humour, a varied narrative composed of...more
Writerlibrarian
This is the follow up to The Rotter's Club which I liked a lot. This one is more of a "where are they now?" The narrative starts in 1999 and ends where the first book ended.

In between we follow and find out what happpened to the gang. Claire and her search for her gone long ago sister Miriam. Claire who married Philip, divorced him, ran to Italy and is worried she wasn't a good mother to their son Patrick. Philip remarried, made a comfortable life for himself. Small time journalist he's going a...more
Jack
Jonathan Coe's book is actually a continuation of a story he began in an earlier novel, which I had not read. This in no way diminishes the enjoyment to be derived from this sprawling tale, set across years with a small but internecine group of friends and relations.

There are moments where the stretch to make events occur might cause Thomas Hardy to blush at their contrivance. But overlooking the author's love of chance and coincidence, the story is filled with a rich and nuanced portrait of a p...more
Inês
Este foi o livro mais fraquinho que li do Jonathan Coe. Os primeiros dois terços são desinteressantes, as próprias personagens parecem insípidas e arrastam-nos no seu quotidiano trivial. Para o final o enredo adensa-se e há um vislumbre da genialidade deste escritor.
São muito importantes as referências políticas. Jonathan Coe faz questão de incluir episódios históricos como o 11 de Setembro e a invasão do Iraque para referir o ambiente que se vivia em Inglaterra, por alturas do segundo mandato d...more
Liz
Overall, VERY well written. Coe manages to perfectly balance narrative and dialogue with apparent ease, giving a lovely flow to the plot and making it both easy and pleasurable to read.

'The Closed Circle' is also a fantastic sequel to it's predecessor 'The Rotter's Club'. Thirty years later, the characters are now attempting to function under the trials and tribulations of Blair's New Labour, which serves as a lovely contrast to the socialist backdrop of the first book. Disillusioned and jaded,...more
Elisabetta
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Jamie
For a while, I thought this would wind up being a three star book. The chronology is all over the place and there are too many POVs, some less significant than others, that at some points it almost felt like I was reading the script for a British TV drama. But the underlying themes of the book (the disillusionment that comes with age, 1970s nostalgia versus the angst and uncertainty of post 9/11) and the way its stories complete the loose ends in 'The Rotters' Club' were, ultimately, satisfying....more
Libby
I don't have particularly cogent thoughts about this novel or my response to it, a fact which may be a byproduct of my initial heightened expectations and their subsequent dramatic deflation. I loved The Rotters' Club and was as excited as could be to read this novel, its sequel. The most exciting thing about the book though turned out to be incidental; it was my first Central Library loan. Sad face.

Almost everything that I loved in TRC was absent here, despite the two works' similar structural...more
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