By Sebastian Faulks
A strong modern novel set in London from a grasp of literary fiction.
London, the week earlier than Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we stick with the lives of 7 significant characters: a hedge fund supervisor attempting to deliver off the largest alternate of his profession; a certified footballer lately arrived from Poland; a tender legal professional with little paintings and an excessive amount of time to invest; a scholar who has been led off course via Islamist idea; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy addicted to skunk and truth television; and a Tube teach motive force whose Circle Line educate joins those and numerous different lives jointly in an everyday loop.
With bold ability, the radical items jointly the advanced styles and crossings of recent city lifestyles. Greed, the dehumanising results of the digital age and the fragmentation of society are a few of the subject matters handled during this savagely funny publication. The writing at the wall appears to be like in letters ten toes excessive, however the characters refuse to determine it — and celebration on as if the following day is a dream.
Sebastian Faulks probes not just the self-deceptions of this intensely realised crew of individuals, yet their hopes and loves to boot. because the novel strikes to its gripping climax, they're pressured, one after the other, to confront the real nature of the area they inhabit.
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Dying! Oh Wisnieski, help me! Please fucking help me. Me: “Wiskieski, just tell me. We used to be so good man. It was me and you. Just me and ol’ Wisnieski. ” Minutes passed. ” And I lay there in the dark, waiting for Wisnieski to respond. To tell me we were all right. But he never did. No. Wisnieski. What happened. Where did you go. I’m never going to get to the post-production party—I thought. I’ll never make it. Never! And I spun the shitty phone around on the floor, sweating. m. m. Somehow it was the worst feeling ever, to watch that happen.
55 [SAM PINK] “You started and I followed,” my brother said. ” And I remembered the gum I had in my mouth. Worried I’d inhale it while catching my breath. ) of my lungs. I saw myself decaying in the corner of a room empty but for a toilet—wheezing in the corner, purple- skinned and seconds from death. My brother gave me the gum a couple days ago and I saved it. It was pink and had been in a dresser drawer for a long time. When I ate it today after my sandwich, the gum crumbled into dust at first.
Randomly. Like I don’t even know if I’m talking to myself or someone’s telling me that or whatever. Which at first was scary. Then I realized I did it to preserve myself in some way and it became comfortable. I kicked some more rocks against a chainlink fence. Both my hands in fists. A part of the city skyline was visible over garages and loading docks. Kill you—I thought. ” I didn’t say anything. Felt like I should. 37 [SAM PINK] But I didn’t. ” Then he punched a branch that hung over someone’s fence and kicked some rocks.
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks