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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Kay Jennings, January 14, 2013 (view all comments by Kay Jennings)
The author of Capital, John Lanchester, was new to me in 2012. I picked up this novel primarily because I lived in London briefly a couple of decades ago, and I like to keep up with the city. Most of the action in Capital could have easily taken place on the street I lived on in northwest London, and every time I opened this delicious book I was transported back.

Beyond the London familiarity, however, this novel brought the 2008 financial collapse to life, and gave a tragic, sad, and sometimes funny look at the impact on what felt like real people...people whose lives you can't help but get caught up in.

I envy those of you who knew about Lanchester before me, but I now have the pleasure of seeking out his earlier works.
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wk in la, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by wk in la)
Stories of several people, connected by where they live and the influence of money in their lives. Touches of humor and some moments of sadness. Also, very moving at times. A well written novel.
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liappleman, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by liappleman)
Spectacular! Best Lanchester since "The Debt to Pleasure."
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Product details 528 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393082074 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lanchester (The Debt to Pleasure) follows on the heels of 2010's I.O.U., a nonfiction dissection of the great recession, by covering much of the same territory in this barely allegorical study of class conflict and reversal of fortune. The affluent residents of London's Pepys Road suburb are a handy cross-section of late-2007 types: Roger Yount, a banker riding high and counting on his bonus to cover mortgages and the needs of his spoiled wife; Shahid, the son of Pakistani immigrants working the family shop; the 17-year old soccer prodigy Freddy Kamo; Quentina Mkfesi, an educated Zimbabwean refugee turned traffic warden; the elderly Petunia Howe, living repository of Pepys Road's postwar rise; and Petunia's grandson, a Banksy-type artist named Smitty. This is just a sample of the cast, most of whom begin receiving mysterious cards reading 'We Want What You Have.' Like clockwork, the quality of life on Pepys Road goes south, with arrests, injuries, illnesses, and financial undoing. But it's hard to care, with predictable and seldom insightful plot threads, and Lanchester reducing his characters to their socio-economic parameters as surely as the market itself. The result is an obsequious, transparent attempt at an epochal 'financial crash' novel that is as thin as a 20-dollar bill. Agent: Caradoc King, AP Watt. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "If I had to pick one novel I'm most anticipating this year (and would love to have read in time for this preview) it's this one, a 600-page epic account of how people across all classes and walks of life, from traders to hedge funders to those just getting by, wrestle with the seeds of the financial crisis. Lanchester was working on the book when the economy melted down in 2008, which led to his fantastic I.O.U. (published as WHOOPS! in his native UK), the book I press upon people if they need a quick-and-dirty primer on how things went so spectacularly wrong. (He explains credit default swaps more lucidly than many whose careers depended on knowing this stuff.) Buzz out of the UK suggests this book should be one of the obvious Booker Prize contenders — so long as the judging panel goes along with the consensus — largely because it humanizes the real-world, we're-so-screwed effects of the crisis upon ordinary and privileged people alike without being didactic about it. If enough booksellers agree, Capital, and Lanchester, should find the critical audience he deserves here."
"Review" by , "Effortlessly brilliant — gripping for its entire duration, hugely moving and outrageously funny."
"Review" by , "Searching, expert, on the money. I loved it."
"Review" by , "Capital comes in a great tradition of novels which are filled with the news of now, in which the intricacies of the present moment are noticed with clarity and relish and then brilliantly dramatized. It is clear that its characters, its wisdom, and the scope and range of its sympathy, will fascinate readers into the far future."
"Review" by , "An exceptionally capacious and involving tale about disparate lives in turmoil on London's Pepys Road.... Lanchester makes us care deeply about his imperiled characters and their struggles, traumatic and ludicrous, as he astutely illuminates the paradoxes embedded in generosity and greed, age and illness, financial crime and religious fanaticism, immigration, exile, and terror. A remarkably vibrant and engrossing novel about what we truly value."
"Synopsis" by , From the best-selling author of The Debt to Pleasure, a sweeping social novel set at the height of the financial crisis.
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