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The Closed Circle by Jonathan Coe
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May 18, 2011

really liked it

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 made about Benjamin's character - while I found him interesting and likeable in the first book, I thought he was insufferable in this one. I was also disappointed by the Malvina subplot - I thought her character was an unnecessary (and ultimately disturbing) distraction from the deeper and more complex themes of the novel.
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