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Μέση Αγγλία

(Rotters' Club #3)

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Η Μέση Αγγλία ξεκινά το 2010 στο Μπέρμιγχαμ –όπου το οικονομικό και κοινωνικό τοπίο αλλάζει ραγδαία, καθώς τα άλλοτε ακμάζοντα εργοστάσια αυτοκινήτων έχουν παραχωρήσει τη θέση τους σε μαζικά εμπορικά κέντρα–, περνάει από το Λονδίνο, όπου οι πολιτικές ταραχές παραδίδουν τη σκυτάλη στον πυρετό των Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων, και φτάνει έως το σήμερα.

Συναντάμε τους νιόπαντρους, τον Ία
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Paperback, 608 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Πόλις (first published November 8th 2018)
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    Pamela I started reading this without knowing it was part of a trilogy, and it does certainly work as a stand alone, but once I had finished I couldn't wait…moreI started reading this without knowing it was part of a trilogy, and it does certainly work as a stand alone, but once I had finished I couldn't wait to read the other books in the series. The book perfectly captures the last few years of England's social and political history with astute perception and great humour. Can't recommend it enough.(less)
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    Paromjit
    Jonathan Coe continues on themes that have been his natural areas of interest, this time he acutely observes the painfully divisive and depressing state of the nation since 2010 and Brexit through previous characters he once again resurrects along with the creation of new ones. Cameron as Prime Minister breaks Britain apart with his partner in crime, Osborne, inflicting an austerity on the poor and middle class whilst those who created the economic crisis, the bankers, walk away with impunity. C ...more
    Blair
    Middle England revisits characters from Coe’s earlier novels The Rotters’ Club and The Closed Circle – I suppose the three books could be said to form a loose trilogy – and follows them from 2010 to the present day. Their experiences are juxtaposed with a wealth of political developments and newsworthy events: the Conservative/Lib Dem coalition, Amy Winehouse’s death, the London riots, the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, the run-up to the EU referendum, Victoria Wood’s death, the murder of J ...more
    Roman Clodia
    Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Set between the general election of 2010 that ushered in the coalition government and September 2018, this is a 'state of the nation' novel that tells the story of our times. Anyone who voted Leave may want to approach this with caution and have the blood pressure tablets handy; the rest of us can relive the tumultuous events of the last 8 years from the riots to Jo Cox, from the Olympics to the emergence of Jeremy Corbyn, and all the hideous hatred and vitriolic rhetoric that Brexit has legitim ...more
    Marina
    Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    There are only a few books which I’ve read more than once. Pride and Prejudice is one of them; Brave New World another. And in this rare group you’ll also find Jonathan Coe’s What a Carve Up!
    Sadly, his latest book, Middle England, will not be joining my fiction hall of fame. It seems Coe was asked to write a book about Brexit and that’s what he did. He resurrected his characters from The Rotters' Club (another great novel) and put them into Britain’s turbulent 21st C political landscape. And ye
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    Anni
    Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Jonathan Coe has been one of our foremost British exponents of the ‘state of the nation’ genre, with a series of novels following a group of friends throughout their formative years, starting from their schooldays in 2001 with The Rotters Club. His current novel covers eight years from 2010 and includes many memorable news references:- Gordon Brown’s faux pas about the ‘bigoted’ woman, Ed Miliband’s bacon sandwich, the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, and his main topic here - the political fault ...more
    Bettie☯
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    Description: Set in the Midlands and London over the last eight years, Jonathan Coe follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change and disruption in Britain. There are the early married years of Sophie and Ian who disagree about the future of Britain and, possibly, the future of their relationship; Sophie's grandfather whose final act is to send a postal vote for the European referendum; Doug, the political commentator, whose young daughter desp
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    Jonathan Pool
    I gather that this is the third part of a series of books written by Jonathan Coe, over several years. The same characters populate the stories. Does this matter? I don’t think so. If you had not told me that there were prequels, I would not have guessed it.
    I read Middle England during the week in which the UK parliamentary vote for the Brexit agreement (scheduled to come into force on 29 March 2019). (it was postponed at the eleventh hour).
    The “Brexit” ruminations in Middle England were thoug
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    Sarah
    Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    3.5 rounded up

    I came to Middle England not realising it was part of a series, and this probably impacted slightly on my enjoyment of it. However it is still an enjoyable story chronicling a period of great change in modern Britain.

    The story covers the period between April 2010 and September 2018, and we (well, the characters) relive many of the major events throughout this period - the Coalition government, the London riots, the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, Jo Cox's murder, the Referendum, and
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    Stephen
    Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thanks to netgalley and the publishers for a free copy in return for an open and honest review.

    This novel is mainly set in the western midlands and timescale is events leading up to the brexit vote and afterwards through different relationships. The author uses characters from both sides remain/leave and left/right. You can feel as though you are part of this even though its still fresh in the mind.
    MJ Nicholls
    Senryu Review:

    The Brexit zeitgeist:
    Coe’s mild pageturning prose screams
    “Sky adaptation!”
    Alan
    Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: novels
    Enjoyed this novel which traces the UK's political development from the 2010 election to (almost) present, through the eyes of the characters from the The Rotters' Club (read) and its sequel The Closed Circle (not read). It was interesting to see the arc of UK history from austerity, the 2011 riots, the Olympics (2012), to the divisions and impasse of Brexit. And how little moments have made such a difference, eg did Labour lose in 2010 because of Brown's 'bigot' remark about the woman who asked ...more
    SueLucie
    Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Since I’ve spent the last four years as a welcomed guest in the Netherlands, this distillation of the major events of the decade in the UK (just England really as the title suggests) came along at just the right time for me and I would guess many others of us living across the channel, looking on aghast at the chaos at home and considering our future. Interesting that the upbeat ending should lean so heavily towards Europe.

    I have enjoyed Jonathan Coe’s writing over the years, but haven’t read ‘
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    Rebecca
    In 2015 I very much enjoyed Number 11, Coe’s state-of-the-nation novel about wealth, celebrity and suspicion in contemporary England. Middle England uses roughly the same format, of multiple linked characters and story lines, and seems to makes many of the same points, too. However, by embedding his book so completely in 2011–18 history, he limits its fictional possibilities. I often wonder how the history books will look back on recent events (Brexit, Trump), but revisiting them in fiction feel ...more
    Ken Paterson
    A journey through recent times that is often enjoyable, sometimes moving and frequently funny. As a modern satire, however, somewhat underwhelming.
    Mandy
    Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    In his latest novel Coe takes the characters from The Rotters’ Club and The Closed Circle and subjects them to the turmoil of the Referendum and Brexit. He does this with his usual keen and observant eye, but disappointingly chooses to do so with an unrelenting series of set-pieces, which, whilst often entertaining in themselves, avoid nuance and insight and offer little to the political debate. His potentially interesting characters are not explored in any depth and none of them mature or chang ...more
    Sid Nuncius
    I have enjoyed much of Jonathan Coe’s previous work and he writes as well as ever here, but overall I struggled with Middle England.

    Having dealt with wealth, poverty and finance in modern Britain in Number 11, Coe’s latest state-of-the-nation novel takes us through the politics of the last eight years from the 2010 General Election to the political earthquakes in 2016 and beyond. As ever, he writes beautifully and readably and creates convincing, if slightly exaggerated, characters. The trouble
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    Kate Vane
    I’ve had mixed responses to Jonathan Coe novels over the years. I loved The Rotters’ Club and What a Carve Up!, I thought The Closed Circle (follow up to The Rotters’ Club) and House of Sleep were okay, and I’ve started one or two others that I couldn’t get through at all.

    Middle England picks up the story of the protagonists of The Rotters’ Club in 2010 and follows their stories up to and after the Brexit referendum. It doesn’t have a conventional narrative arc, it’s more a series of vignettes s
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    Sam
    Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A new book by Jonathan Coe is like greeting an old friend. His books have the capacity to move me like few others. Middle England is his Brexit novel but is so much more than that. It examines the conditions that led up to it, taking in ‘political correctness gone mad’, ‘people like you', and why we never saw it coming.
    Some of the characters return from The Rotters Club, and The Closed Circle although this reads as a stand alone novel perfectly. Coe shows us how we were encouraged to be dissatis
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    Richard
    Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Jonathan Cole is angry about how Britain has changed, overall since 1979 but specifically in the last 8 years for this novel. He is angry about the rise in anger, hatred and division that has increased in Britain. Reviving characters first seen in The Rotters Club he intertwines actual events with fictional ones to take their story right to the present day. It is a funny thought provoking and entertaining read; though maybe less so if you voted leave.
    Lisa Bywell
    Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Obviously 5 stars. The man is a genius!!
    Jaclyn Crupi
    Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I love a book that attempts to take the pulse of a nation. This is perfect post-Brexit reading and a wonderful multi-voice narrative though there were a couple of characters I preferred over others.
    Bridget Simpson
    Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Loved it 😊
    GONZA
    Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I liked this book a lot, especially because there were some of the characters from the Rotter's club and it was like meeting some long forgotten friends whom you really enjoy to see again. The story was not so complicated. but as it was settled from 2010 to now, it was interesting for me to follow what precedes and came right after brexit. After the not so good last book (Numer 11), I enjoyed this new Coe a lot.

    Questo libro mi é piaciuto parecchio, anche perché l'ultimo di Coe (Numero 11) non mi
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    Latkins
    Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    After reading this excellent novel, I feel stupid for never having read a book by Jonathan Coe before. I’ve heard a lot about him, but not got round to reading him until now. This book is an absolute joy – it follows several characters through the past ten years or so in Britain, as Brexit begins to bite and create divisions in families and relationships. It’s also very funny, witty and perceptive about the state of the country today. It features characters from earlier novels The Rotters’ Club ...more
    Keith Currie
    Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Or how the English bounced us out of Europe.

    Interesting people, the English. I have an English friend who claims that he has no accent when he speaks - others do, the Irish, Scottish, Welsh, but not the English – their accent is pure.
    Jonathan Coe’s novel is the third in a loosely connected trilogy, focusing on a number of working class friends who attended a selective grammar school in Birmingham (The Rotters’ Club) and by the events of this outing have reached their mid to late fifties, cynica
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    Siobhan
    Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Middle England is Jonathan Coe's new novel, a satirical and meandering look at the past eight years. It follows a cast of characters around Birmingham and London predominantly, looking at their interconnected lives and how they're affected by politics, Brexit, and British society. Around this, there is also a lot about family, relationships, and finding and changing what you want to do in life.

    Many of the characters have already appeared in Coe's earlier books The Rotters' Club and The Closed Ci
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    Nigel Kotani
    Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Like the previous two books in the series, this is a well-written story about believable characters that one grows to like and care about, but which also subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) explores the background politics of the age.

    The first book, the Rotters Club, was set in the 1970s against a backdrop of industrial action and casual racism; the second, The Closed Circle, is set when New Labour was at its height; and this one is set against the austerity years and the Brexit vote. The three
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    Stephen Goldenberg
    Jonathan Coe is one of our most entertaining novelists. In this ‘state of the nation’ novel, he covers the political and social events of the last eight years through the eyes of the Birmingham based group of friends whose lives he has followed through two previous books, The Rotters’ Club and The Closed Circle’. There’s plenty of humour mixed with righteous anger over Brexit. But don’t be put off by the politics. Just enjoy the company of Coe’s wide range of mostly sympathetic characters - and ...more
    Bob
    Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The writing is extraordinary (as you would expect). The characterisation is also top notch. The story (the fictional one within the recent reality) is totally convincing. I really like Jonathan Coe. The only problem with this is that I've spent hours doing something that I usually do to escape the frustrations of everyday life reading, in depth, about those very frustrations. It hasn't managed to put a positive spin on the reasoning behind people who voted to leave (not that he intended to) and ...more
    Kevin
    Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Yikes! What timing. As I read this book Theresa May's Cabinet was falling apart over the proposed Brexit deal. Old wounds seem to have resurfaced. Only a few days ago I was lectured on the failure of the deal by a pair of Leave supporters who gracefully told me that it was "okay" for me to have voted Remain and the memories of that bitter summer rushed back. Both campaigns seemed contemptuous of the other and as the referendum drew closer their sanctimonious tone seemed to creep ever more into t ...more
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    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
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