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Capital by John Lanchester
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Jul 28, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 28 to August 09, 2012

The financial crisis of 2007-2008 should provide the basis for novels for years to come. In Capital, Lanchester follows the lives of the residents of a fictional street in Clapham, London, in 2007 and 2008 - including a banker and his wife, an ailing woman in her eighties, a shopkeeper and his family and a Zimbabwean refugee working illegally as a parking enforcemen officer.
There are numerous plot lines involving the various characters and, interestingly, the author does not really have their lives intersect in any way, perhaps illustrating how cut off city dwellers are from the lives of those around them.
It is a quick read even at 592 pages. It does not drill too deeply in terms of moral lessons or experimental fiction techniques. The storytelling is straightforward and it is a fun read. Save it for a rainy weekend.

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