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By Sebastian Faulks

ISBN-10: 0091794455

ISBN-13: 9780091794453

A strong modern novel set in London from a grasp of literary fiction.

London, the week earlier than Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we persist with the lives of 7 significant characters: a hedge fund supervisor attempting to deliver off the most important alternate of his occupation; a certified footballer lately arrived from Poland; a tender attorney with little paintings and an excessive amount of time to take a position; a scholar who has been led off target via Islamist concept; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy addicted to skunk and truth television; and a Tube teach driving force whose Circle Line teach joins those and numerous different lives jointly in an everyday loop.

With bold ability, the unconventional items jointly the complicated styles and crossings of contemporary city lifestyles. Greed, the dehumanising results of the digital age and the fragmentation of society are many of the topics handled during this savagely funny publication. The writing at the wall seems to be in letters ten toes excessive, however the characters refuse to determine it — and occasion on as if day after today is a dream.

Sebastian Faulks probes not just the self-deceptions of this intensely realised team of individuals, yet their hopes and loves in addition. because the novel strikes to its gripping climax, they're pressured, one after the other, to confront the real nature of the realm they inhabit.

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A mania que cultivei aqui, de anotar o que ouvia, me permitiu encher alguns cadernos com transcrições da fala dos outros. '' 70 4 A viagem terminou num lugar que seria exagero chamar de cidade. Por convenção ou comodidade, seus habitantes teimavam em situá-lo no Brasil; ali, nos confins da Amazônia, três ou quatro países ainda insistem em nomear fronteira um horizonte infinito de árvores; naquele lugar nebuloso e desconhecido para quase todos os brasileiros, um tio meu, Hanna, combateu pelo Brasão da República Brasileira; alcançou a patente de coronel das Forças Armadas, embora no Monte Líbano se dedicasse à criação de carneiros e ao comércio de frutas nas cidades litorâneas do sul; nunca soubernos o porquê de sua vinda ao Brasil, mas quando líamos suas cartas, que demoravam meses para chegar às nossas mãos, ficávamos estarrecidos e maravilhados.

Ao contar histórias, sua vida parava para respirar; e aquela voz trazia para dentro do sobrado, para dentro de mim e de Emilie, visões de um mundo misterioso: não exatamente o da floresta, mas o do imaginário de uma mulher que falava 91 para se poupar, que inventava para tentar escapar ao esforço físico, como se a fala permitisse a suspensão momentânea do martírio. Emilie deixava-a falar, mas por vezes seu rosto interrogava o significado de um termo qualquer de origem indígena, ou de uma expressão não utilizada na cidade, e que pertencia à vida da lavadeira, a um tempo remotíssimo, a um lugar esquecido à margem de um rio, e que desconhecíamos.

Emílio foi junto com ela. Em Manaus, um sempre fazia companhia ao outro nas idas ao cemitério e à igreja. Nunca me perguntaram se eu era religioso, mas talvez condenassem secretamente este estrangeiro que vivia no mato entre os índios, que nunca entrara numa igreja, e no entanto podia rezar uma Ave-Maria em nhengatu. Emilie e o marido praticavam a religião com fervor. Antes do casamento haviam feito um pacto para respeitar a religião do outro, cabendo aos filhos optarem por uma das duas ou por nenhuma.

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