Bournville: From the bestselling author of Middle England

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Bournville: From the bestselling author of Middle England

Bournville: From the bestselling author of Middle England

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There are some amusing moments and it is enlightening to be reminded of how things have changed over the years.

She will have three sons and two of them will have children and THOSE children will have children and, in the meantime, things will inexorably change. For anyone who has felt lost in the past six years, it is like meeting an ally -- Rachel Joyce, author of Miss Benson's Beetle Full of vibrant characters and fabulous dialogue, which switches from laugh-out-loud funny to extremely poignant * Independent * The changing face of postwar Britain is brilliantly captured * FT * As the latest in J Coe's Unrest sequence, Bournville is one of the most warm-hearted, brilliant and beguiling of his State of the Nation novels. Good concept and well-written, but muddled and tedious in plot, overly biased/blatant in approach, and lazy in the characterisation of too many characters who are only shades different from each other, with very few exceptions.

At a meeting between the German and English branches of the family, an argument develops about whether British or German chocolate is better. This is fine, except Coe clearly hates the monarchy - or at least thinks it's utter nonsense - so all he does is have his characters snark and gripe about it in response. Attorno a lei ruotano tutti gli altri familiari, per lo più racchiusi nel distretto di Bournville, sobborgo di Birmingham noto per la fabbrica di cioccolato. Whilst they went about their own business and had their own personal family experiences, they were encountering the same historical happenings as the rest of us which fostered a kind of solidarity with me as a reader.

It could be about any one of us and our family history and that's what makes it such a strong and engaging read. As we travel through seventy-five years of social change, from James Bond to Princess Diana, and from wartime nostalgia to the World Wide Web, one pressing question starts to emerge: will these changing times bring Mary's family—and their country—closer together, or leave them more adrift and divided than ever before? Jonathan Coe- η οποία κάνει την πρώτη της εμφάνιση τη μέρα της νίκης στο μικρό της χωριό και αντέχει μέχρι… σχεδόν το τέλος του βιβλίου. share that particular crown - it was a consistently good one, and it wins bonus points for ridiculing that awful, awful arserag, Boris Johnson. One of the better choices in the book is to have one candidate as a lobbyist for Cadbury in the long-running Chocolate Wars as some other European countries refuse for years to allow English chocolate (with its fat content) to be sold as chocolate – the character’s wife ultimately becoming an MEP based on the strong working knowledge of Brussels they gain.

It seemed to hold out a different model of capitalism to the one that came to dominate Britain, a vision of “industry and nature existing in harmony, symbiotic, co-dependent”. And the novel has a surprisingly strong ending also with a passage which echoes one from the start and shows the continuity of societal issues – which is a fundamental theme of the novel (and of course proven by the events since the novel was written - the overdue defenestration of Boris, another Royal death and another Royal coronation … and probably another James Bond film but I do not follow movies).

The chocolate wars on the definition of the amount of fat allowed was strangely fascinating, but I felt that there could have been more on Brexit than a few opposing opinions. This book has an interesting and ‘novel’ structure, excuse the pun: it is the story of one woman’s life, and that of her family, told in the context of seven memorable occasions in their lives and the life of the nation – the UK that is. Una fabbrica di cioccolato, un piccolo borgo alle porte di Birmingham e quasi un secolo di storia inglese, questi sono gli ingredienti che fanno di questo romanzo una chicca imperdibile! If Brexit has brought us little else of value, it has at least reanimated the career of the arch-Europhile.

Set in Coe's nativeMidlands and told through thelives of four generations of onefamily, beginning with 11-year-oldMary in 1945, Bournville is apoignant, clever and witty portraitof social change and how theBritish see themselves. Unbeknownst to me, COVID was sneaking up on my family and by the time that I picked up the story about Mary and her family at the end of World War II, I would be sick with COVID. As somebody who enjoys reading about 20th century history and loves social history, this book was a dream for me to read. B ournville, we learn from Jonathan Coe’s notes at the end of the novel, is the fourth in a planned quintet he’s writing under the general title of Unrest. Jonathan Coe, με τίτλο Bournville, είναι έργο της συγγραφικής του ωριμότητας, στο οποίο κινείται με χαρακτηριστική άνεση στο χρόνο, από το ξέσπασμα της πανδημίας στο τέλος του Β Παγκοσμίου πολέμου∙ στο τόπο, από το Mπέρμινχαμ στο Βερολίνο, την Ουαλία και τις Βρυξέλλες∙ και σε διαφορετικούς αφηγηματικούς τρόπους.



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