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A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
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Jul 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: worthy-of-re-reads

So I picked up this book at the Gatwick airport as I was leaving London. It's my first Faulks. I was sad and all I could do to assuage my grief was book shop. I might have gone overboard. ANYWAY, this was an interesting little book. A Week in December follows the chronicles of 7-odd Londoners and the ways their lives directly and indirectly intersect. Much scathing social commentary is directed at hedge funds, reality shows, religion, book critics, the disgustingly rich, etc.

I wish I could give a 3.5. At moments, Faulks writes with Thackeray-ian verve, other moments he seems to be bemired in Dan Brown-esque banalities. No...that's too harsh. But you get my point. What did resonate the most with me, though, is Faulks' understanding of London. I felt like I actually was riding the District line, attending an art show in Camden Town, being clipped by a wayward bicyclist in Leicester Square. London breathes, seethes, vibrates in Faulks' every page. For that alone, I will surely return to his works.
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Reading Progress

July 5, 2011 – Started Reading
July 5, 2011 – Shelved
December 4, 2014 – Shelved as: worthy-of-re-reads
December 12, 2014 – Finished Reading

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