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The Echo Chamber: John Boyne Paperback – 12 May 2022
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'The funniest book I've read in ages. Savage but compelling' Ian Rankin
'A fearless romp with big laughs along the way' Graham Norton
'Funny, rumbustious, unstinting and wonderfully Hogarthian' The Observer
'His relish is infectious' Times
What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is. Six ounces of metal, glass and plastic, fashioned into a sleek, shiny, precious object. At once, a gateway to other worlds - and a treacherous weapon in the hands of the unwary, the unwitting, the inept.
The Cleverley family live a gilded life, little realising how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster. George, the patriarch, is a stalwart of television interviewing, a 'national treasure' (his words), his wife Beverley, a celebrated novelist (although not as celebrated as she would like), and their children, Nelson, Elizabeth, Achilles, various degrees of catastrophe waiting to happen.
Together they will go on a journey of discovery through the Hogarthian jungle of the modern living where past presumptions count for nothing and carefully curated reputations can be destroyed in an instant. Along the way they will learn how volatile, how outraged, how unforgiving the world can be when you step from the proscribed path.
Powered by John Boyne's characteristic humour and razor-sharp observation, The Echo Chamber is a satiric helter skelter, a dizzying downward spiral of action and consequence, poised somewhere between farce, absurdity and oblivion. To err is maybe to be human but to really foul things up you only need a phone.
'Sharp, funny, and beautifully written, but it's also a brilliant reflection on the landscape we now live in' Sunday Times bestselling author, Joanna Cannon
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A fearless romp with big laughs along the way ― Graham Norton
A comedy of manners and lack of manners ... good fun and cheeky as hell ― Ryan Tubridy
His relish is infectious ― The Times
Funny, rumbustious, unstinting and wonderfully Hogarthian― The Observer
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The Cleverley family live a gilded life, little realising how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster. George, the patriarch, is a stalwart of television interviewing, a 'national treasure' (his words), his wife Beverley, a celebrated no
- Publisher : Penguin; Heruitgave edition (12 May 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529176743
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529176742
- Dimensions : 12.85 x 3.3 x 19.84 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creativity is an unusual mistress, perhaps something has changed in Boynes personal life or Covid has negatively impacted his muse but this readers is Absolute 100 percentage locked on garbage
The book focusses on one family and their lives. It highlights their veneers, their insecurities and wraps it all up in a wonderful story that simply zips along. I read this in just three sittings and loved it.
I may forget this book quicker than The Hearts Invisible Furies but it was still the perfect summer read to lift the spirits during our Covid era.
I found all the name dropping/ super modern references and jokes eg Leonardo dicaprio’s girlfriends so jarring as well.
I don’t think it’s as good as his other outstanding books. If you want to support this brilliant author then buy the book but prepare to be a little underwhelmed.