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Capital by John Lanchester
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Aug 08, 12

bookshelves: adult-fiction
Read in July, 2012

Of course I gave it 5 stars. I'm a total sucker for a big, neatly plotted, wry novel like this. In the years before the 2008 financial meltdown, an ordinary street in East London has suddenly become a fabulously gentrified neighborhood of working-class housing amped up on million-pound price tags. Now meet the neighbors, a combination of families who haved lived there for decades and the rich and famous newcomers. Throw in a disturbing, vaguely threatening prank a la guerrilla artist Banksy and it's a terrific read. I'd give it to patrons looking for classic social commentary/humor, whether in the great 19th-century novels or, more recently, "King of the Badgers," "Union Atlantic," or "The Priviledges."
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