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In his latest novel Michael Frayn explores the same comic territory--the ethically murky corners of British public life--he staked out in A Landing on the Sun, which the Washington Post called "marvelous . . . wise and witty . . . a true page-turner". If anything, Now You Know is even funnier and more irresistibly readable.
Hardcover, First American Edition, 282 pages
Published 1993 by Viking
(first published February 1st 1992)
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Frayn is in good form with this satire about secrets and lies. Terry runs an organization that campaigns for open government. Perhaps predictably, his own life is a tissue of obfuscation, cover-up and delusion. There's nothing biting here, and the characters might well come from a West-End farce. Terry as lothario is particularly implausible. But Frayn is a master of plot and he is fully in control of this one. Not his best, but still very enjoyable.
This novel gets off to a rocky start, due to the primary narrator’s annoying voice. But other voices are added to more and more as the novel progresses, until all the characters get a chance now and then. Clever, tough to follow when you don’t read straight through, and yet both effective and entertaining in Frayn’s hands.
i tried and tried to like this book, but i just couldn't get into it at all. and i figure, i have too many books to read to waste my time on something that doesn't grab me right away. unless someone out there tells me i'm making a huge mistake, it's going in the donation pile.
Michael Frayn is an English playwright and novelist. He is best known as the author of the farce Noises Off and the dramas Copenhagen and Democracy. His novels, such as Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong and Spies, have also been critical and commercial successes, making him one of the handful of writers in the English language to succeed in both drama and prose fiction. His works often rais ...moreMore about Michael Frayn...