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Capital by John Lanchester
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Jan 02, 2012

it was amazing
Read from January 02 to 09, 2012

This book details the events and past history of several families in Pepys Road, Lambeth from late 2007 to late 2008. I liked most of the characters, my favourite probably being Ahmed and Roger. There's a woman nursing a dying relative, a lost fortune found, the ubiquitious Eastern European builders and nannies, the crash of the banking system, Muslim terrorism, the lazy spoilt wife of a banker and the Asian family working all the hours that Allah sends in their newsagent/mini-mart shop plus a local prankster irritating the whole street which rapidly gets out of hand, necessitating the local police being called in to investigate. I loved it and read the bulk of it in one night - I couldn't put it down until I really needed to sleep, in my anxiety to see what happened next. I especially enjoyed seeing the various strands tied up, with a lot of satisfaction at the lesser pleasing characters receiving what could childishly be called 'just desserts'. If you love family sagas, a lot of strands in your story and a fast-moving story then do beg, borrow or steal a copy when it comes out.
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Sonia 5 stars??? that good aye?

Lisa I loved it - ummed and urred between 4 and 5 stars though.

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