South Of The River

South Of The River Divided into parts this novel conjures up a comic and subtle undertow of political and personal disillusion of mythologies and urban myths that circle round our apparently comfortable lives

  • Title: South Of The River
  • Author: Blake Morrison
  • ISBN: 9780701180461
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Divided into 5 parts, this novel conjures up a comic and subtle undertow of political and personal disillusion, of mythologies and urban myths that circle round our apparently comfortable lives.

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    1. I enjoyed the first half of this book and the gradual getting to know the five main characters. Unfortunately, by the time I got to the last third of the book I was really fed up with the lot of them. The book was too long and I just couldn't wait to get to the end. I enjoyed looking back at the events and current affairs of the times though - seems a long time ago now

    2. Interesting proposition, I thought – a novel covering the first few years of the Blair government; I could barely remember what those years were all about, tucked away behind the mountain that is 9/11, Iraq and the War on Terror. And what those years were all about, according to this book wasxes. At least that is what preoccupies all the characters, when they aren’t preoccupied with sex and lawnmowers. Good things about this book – an interesting and even handed look at the fox hunting deb [...]

    3. Mooi geschreven boek waar 5 personen 5 jaar gevolgd worden tijdens het Engeland ten tijde van Blair. Vond het wel vrij moeilijk om te lezen, want rode draad is 'vossenjacht'; een thema dat me niet echt interesseert. Toch vind ik het een aanrader. Heb het boek intussen ook gekocht.

    4. Cold Feetin book form and so undemanding that the publisher may as well have provided a free starter of Pizza Express dough balls as an appetizer.That said, it was enjoyable to read a novel about relationships set against the backdrop of Blair's first half decade - Stephen Lawrence, the foot and mouth outbreak, the 1998 World Cup and Damilola Taylor all make appearances although this is very much a novel about the central, fictional characters. The portrait of those times is well judged and as s [...]

    5. Alas not at all to my liking. Too fragmented. South Of The River is not so much a story as a catalogue of events some of which the reader only becomes aware of some time after they have occurred which only adds to the overall confusion. The synopsis is at least right in that this is not so much a 'state of the nation' novel as a novel of middle-class adultery.Never have I been so indifferent to a novel's characters. Unable to like/dislike them - yes, I found them that mediocre. The nearest I cam [...]

    6. really wanted to enjoy this book. It had all the ingrediants - London, a backdrop of recent political events, middle class people going around their middle class lives and a Tony Parsons endorsement.However - it didnt quite ring true for me and a tad disappointing.It is told in chapters - each by one of the five or so characters, over 5 years from the tories getting into power in 1997 till just after 9/11.The characters are all middle class-ish - A newspaper writer, a professor, a environmental [...]

    7. 'Ten zuiden van de rivier' is een van de beste romans is die ik in jaren heb gelezen. De lezer stapt het leven van de vijf hoofpersonen binnen op het moment dat Labour de verkiezingen wint en Tony Blair premier wordt. Terwijl je de hoofdpersonen gaandeweg steeds beter leert kennen in hun dagelijkse beslommeringen van werk, gezin en relaties krijg je als lezer ondertussen een haarscherp beeld voorgeschoteld van de Engelse maatschappij rond de milleniumwisseling. Intrigerend genoeg loopt door het [...]

    8. Wonderful. Everything a good book should be: rich in detail (period and personal), characters who don't polarise your opinion of them, a quirky leitmotiv running throughout (and rogue urban foxes are ever more topical), keeps your interest by changing narrative style every so often. Reminded me very much of Jonathan Coe which can only be a good thing.Personally, I also love how it started in 1997, being probably my favourite year of my life so far. And how there were a few references to Michael [...]

    9. Did the book really portray how people lived during the first five years of the Blair government (as per the front cover)? Fox hunting was the only subject that got a detailed mention; apart from that it seemed to be business as usual. I enjoyed the inter-relationships between the main characters but the ending was TOO tidy.

    10. A state of the nation book covering five years in the lives of a group of characters living in London. It opens with Blair's landslide in 1997. It's patchy, some characters more interesting than others and way too long. I was ready to be done about half way through, it's 500+ large pages. With some judicious editing this could have been great.

    11. I am being kind rounding up to three stars because this is just about passable but no more. The writing is competent but no more, the story just wibbles on and on, the characters are hard to care about because they are such archetypes, and the whole fox theme is just weak beyond description. A bitter disappointment.

    12. Just a bit too convoluted for its own good. Too many separate stories not always contributing massively to a main thread and this long book just fades away despite a potential "bringing it altogether" last scene.

    13. Love Actually for a more mature audience, this has characters you actually (ahem) care for. Mercifully, although a state of the nation novel, this doesn't try too hard to drive home a political message. I can't say I cared too much for the various endings, though.

    14. A good read but a bit disappointing after my favourite "When did you last se your father". Maybe he's not really a novelist.

    15. Too long and slow. The characters aren't likable as a whole and Nat in particular is quite whiny. I got through the first 350 pages and nothing had happened so I gave up.

    16. It took me a long time to get to the end of this book, and I wasn't entirely convinced I should have made the effort. Probably a case of wrong choice for me. Onwards and upwards!

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