I was told this book was REALLY funny and a quick read. I am an avid reader and my husband is British and still I had a difficult time getting into this book at first ... but the last third was difficult to put down because I couldn't wait to find out what happened and how it ends. I found myself constantly asking my husband ... what does this word mean? What does this phrase mean? And after being married for 10 years, I know A LOT of the slang!! I think if you didn't have some knowledge in this (because there were a lot of the phrases and words that I did know) that you might find it a hard read and you might lose a lot of the dry British humour.
I will definitely read her other released book called The Autograph Man though ...
I enjoyed this book (it came highly reccomended by an English professor). Common themes of humanity (love, loss and friendship) in a integrative and multicultural setting are seen in a story (or series of stories) that spans several generations.
A fun, often hilarious, read that provides a sober look at hot button issues of the day like racism, sexism, bigotry, religious fanaticism, and charlatanism in science. Highly recommended for thoughtful readers who would help figure out how the novel got its title.
I really liked this book. I found it very funny and also thought-provoking.
Opening scene is compelling. Sheds light on modern-day England. Most characters are sympathetic. Action bogs down in the middle.