What A Carve Up

What A Carve Up If Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie had ever managed to collaborate they might have produced this shamelessly entertaining novel which introduces readers to what may be the most powerful family i

  • Title: What A Carve Up
  • Author: Jonathan Coe
  • ISBN: 9780140234213
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • If Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie had ever managed to collaborate, they might have produced this shamelessly entertaining novel, which introduces readers to what may be the most powerful family in England and is certainly the vilest A tour de force of menace, malicious comedy, and torrential social bile, this book marks the American debut of an extraordinary writer.

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    1. Με τον Coe έχει συμβεί το εξής παράδοξο: 20 χρόνια πριν, όταν διάβασα το Πλιάτσικο για πρώτη φορά, είχα ξετρελαθεί. Ζούσα κ στην Αγγλία τότε, είναι κ υπέροχο βιβλίο-απ'τα 3-4 κλασσικά της γενιάς μου;;- οπότε λογικό. Το περίεργο είναι ότι έκτοτε δεν διάβασα τίποτα άλλο δικό του. Έχω σ [...]

    2. Από τότε που θυμάμαι τον εαυτό μου ήμουν με ένα (λογοτεχνικό) βιβλίο στο χέρι. Η μόνιμη επωδός των δικών μου ήταν "θα χαλάσεις τα μάτια σου παιδάκι μου". Μεγαλώνοντας δε μου πέρασε η αγάπη για τα βιβλία αλλά κάτι η δουλειά, κάτι η καθημερινότητα και οι (ευτυχώς προς το παρόν λίγ [...]

    3. One of the true joys in life, in my opinion, is the right to differ. Few things can be compared to the feeling you get when you read a book (or see a movie) which everyone has been raving about and realize that it's utter crap. I really wanted that to be the case with What A Carve Up, although, having read Coe in the past, I knew there wasn't much chance for that. It's one of those books that I feel there's not much point talking about. No matter what I say about it, you cannot grasp the true br [...]

    4. θα κουβαλάω αυτο το βιβλίο στην τσάντα μου πάντα, θα ρωτώ τους περαστικούς αν το έχουν διαβάσει και αν μου λένε όχι θα τους το δίνω. κι ύστερα θα το ξανααγοράζω γιά να κουβαλάω αυτο το βιβλίο στην τσάντα μου πάντα

    5. 4.5* επειδή το τέλος ήταν μια μεγάλη έκπληξη γι' αυτό "το μυθιστόρημα της νεωτερικότητας",όπως χαρακτηρίστηκε!Δεύτερο βιβλίο του Coe για εμένα και για μια ακόμη φορά με ξαφνιάζει ευχάριστα.Και να πως έχει η ιστορία και έπεσε στα χέρια μου αυτό το βιβλίο:τον τελευταίο καιρό μέσα [...]

    6. Το βιβλίο αυτό το βρήκα σε ένα από τα μαγαζιά με τα μεταχειρισμένα βιβλία που μου αρέσει να συχνάζω και το άρπαξα χωρίς δεύτερη σκέψη. Είχα ακούσει τα καλύτερα από ανθρώπους που εκτιμώ πολύ την άποψη τους, αν και με τον Τζόναθαν Κοου δεν είχα ποτέ παρε-δώσε. Παρόλο που η κατάσ [...]

    7. Μέχρι στιγμής είμαι τρομερά ενθουσιασμένηδεν μπορώ να σταματξήσω να διαβάζω!!!!Τί να πω γι αυτό το βιβλίο!!! Είναι γροθιά στο στομάχι. Όλοι φανταζόμαστε το μέγεθος της πολιτικής και οικονομικής διαφθοράς αλλά ο τρόπος που περιγράφονται στο βιβλίο είναι συγκλονιστικός. Θα το [...]

    8. "Το να πετάς δεν είναι ποτέ επικίνδυνο. Επικίνδυνο είναι το να συντριβείς"Ένας πρωτότυπος, ιστοριογραφικός, πολυπρισματικός, ιδιοφυής Κόου πάλι.Αυτό που κάνει, που διηγείται την ίδια ιστορία από μια οπτική, μετά επανέρχεται κάποτε και την διηγείται από μια άλλη, τα μπρος-πί [...]

    9. What a Carve Up! is so much more than a political novel, though it is certainly that. The Winshaw peeps represent all that was wrong with the greed decade (1980s) in Britain (when people I cared for couldn’t get a job or proper medical treatment on the national health). In spite of my disgust with those times, I’m delighted by Coe’s absolutely horrid, unabashedly over-the-top ‘baddies’ who represent what can go wrong when creeps rule. Also a plus is the ever-shifting narrative from fir [...]

    10. «Το κόλπο είναι να κάνεις πάντα σκανδαλώδη πράγματα. Δεν υπάρχει λόγος να περνάς μια σκανδαλώδη νομοθεσία και μετά να δίνεις στους άλλους το χρόνο να προετοιμαστούν σχετικά. Πρέπει να παρεμβαίνεις αμέσως και να την επικαλύπτεις με κάτι ακόμα χειρότερο, προτού η κοινή γνώμ [...]

    11. Δεν ξέρεις από που θα σου ´ρθει στο τέλος. Πανέξυπνο και απολαυστικό.

    12. Non dire gatto se non ce l'hai nel sacco. Crisi esistenziali che Amleto levati e famme sfoga'.Sentendomi alquanto frastornata, gironzolo per casa ciabattando, tentando di arrivare ad una decisione: quanto peso possono avere, quanta importanza posso concedere alle ultime novanta pagine de "La famiglia Winshaw", romanzo corposo ed elaborato e mirabolante?Bisbigli a destra: "Come puoi dimenticare le quattrocento pagine che ti hanno illuminato i sensori emozionali e tecnici di lettrice? Come? Frega [...]

    13. Comincio dalla fine.Avete presenti quei pomeriggi domenicali invernali, quando fuori è freddo, in tv non c’è nulla di interessante da vedere, i dvd da guardare sono sempre gli stessi e allora, per passare il tempo, si decide di fare una partita a Cluedo? Il pomeriggio vola, a me il Cluedo piace da matti, e giocare per scoprire se l’assassino è Miss Scarlett, con la rivoltella, in sala da ballo o il colonnello Mustard, con la corda, in veranda mi appassiona molto di più che leggere un gia [...]

    14. This book is absolutely wonderful. I'd read it before a few years ago, and was itching to get my hands on it again. I'm not sure exactly why it's so great - fantastic characterisation, a hugely twisting and turning plot, hilariously funny, consistently surprising has it all.Micheal Owen is an out of luck writer who was commissioned to write a history of the Winshaw Family, a hugely rich and hugely powerful family who between them manage to carve up pretty much every influential sphere of British [...]

    15. Remember when Hollywood used to keep putting out extremely similar movies, two by two, at exactly the same time, like The Truman Show and Pleasantville, or Antz and A Bug's Life? This novel is the companion piece to Iain Banks' slightly better Complicity; in both someone goes around murdering representatives of the vile English establishment in amusing ways. The point is to spin some riffs on the various ways these creeps run the UK. It's all a big revenge fantasy and quite amusing and all that, [...]

    16. Το διάβασα για δεύτερη φορά μετά από 14 χρόνια, εξ αιτίας της συμμετοχής μου σε αναγνωστική λέσχη, και το βρήκα ακόμη καλύτερο, ίσως γιατί το διάβασα σε κάποιο άλλο χρονικό σημείο της ζωής μου που μου επέτρεψε να "διαβάσω" διαφορετικά, περισσότερο πολυεπίπεδα. Επαληθεύεται γι [...]

    17. This book was recommended to me by a friend who stated it was a "fun read". Oh my god, is this your idea of fun? Are you crazy, woman? Tired, dull, not-as-funny-as-it-thinks-it-is, satire on 1980's Tory Britain. Blah - the Tories are not funny whichever way you spin them (for those of you wishing to indulge in an experiment to prove this point, feel free to move to the UK and suffer under the current government like the rest of us). I just didn't see the point of this book and it is now filed un [...]

    18. "Quando uscimmo dall’auto, il cigolio e lo schianto delle portiere aperte e subito richiuse parvero sbriciolarsi ed essere assorbiti anch’essi dalla pace che avevamo intorno: e mi fecero pensare – chissà perché – a segni di punteggiatura abbandonati sul bianco di un foglio vuoto."Sia lode a Jonathan Coe! Questo è un romanzo capolavoro, anzi, è il romanzo, il romanzo per eccellenza! Che stile, che arguzia, che brio!Da dove cominciare? C'è così tanto.Partiamo dalla struttura stessa d [...]

    19. Le malefatte di una famiglia britannica ricca e potente, i cui componenti sono viscidamente abbarbicati ai posti più prestigiosi nella società (finanza, politica, media…) e fanno del thatcherismo il punto di forza della loro sconsiderata avidità, si intersecano con le avventure private di un giovane scrittore, Michael Owen, incaricato di ricostruirne le vicende per scrivere una loro biografia. Il romanzo presenta spunti tematici molto interessanti, offrendo bozzetti ironici e disincantati d [...]

    20. It's a bad and a good thing I read this one this year for the first time. Bad, because the details of the events in G.B. those days are fading away in my memory, but good ,for now it is easy to evaluate the truth of the story and the impact of that period on today's status in Europe. It is a brilliant ,bitter, black humored story that needs more than one reading.

    21. Black comedy at its finest and a perfect introduction to Jonathan Coe's style. Genuinely harrowing in places (I don't think I will EVER forget the chapter focused on Dorothy) but this is an excellent, effectively told, gripping and funny story - and I loved Michael.

    22. Nella famiglia Winshaw c'è “un branco di bugiardi, imbroglioni, truffatori, ipocriti” e Tabitha, la matta del gruppo che però mostra di conoscerli bene, intende smascherarli commissionando allo scrittore Michael Owen un libro verità, “tremendo, senza precedenti, fatto in parte di memorie private, in parte di cronaca sociale, tutto mescolato insieme in una miscela letale e devastante”. Al procedere del lavoro di Owen, in effetti, la storia della famiglia Winshaw, legata a quella del na [...]

    23. As someone who was parked in front of a lot of 80s-90s British television at a formative age I have an attachment for the Britain of that period that is probably much the fonder for not having to have lived there. As such, What a Carve Up! was right up my alley. Coe's rage at the decline of Great Britain's post-war settlement is palpable throughout but diminished by repeated explication (by contrast Mitchell's Cloud Atlas has a similar central theme but leaves it to the pedantic 19th century nar [...]

    24. Η πρώτη μου απόπειρα να ασχοληθώ με audio book με οδήγησε σε ένα μακρύ κατάλογο συγγραφέων από τον οποίο έπρεπε να διαλέξω έναν. Πρώτη φορά ήταν, προτίμησα κάτι σίγουρο : Τζόναθαν Κόου.Η χρησιμότητα της ενέργειας αυτής ήταν μία και μόνη. Να καλύψω την ανία του γυμναστηρίου και τη [...]

    25. I read this book when it first came out in the mid-1990s, and it's still my favourite Jonathan Coe novel -- well, maybe joint favourite with The House of Sleep. It sizzles with rage, and yet makes you laugh out loud as well. As Michael, the reclusive failed writer who is the "hero" of the novel writes in a book review:We stand badly in need of novels, after all, which show an understanding of the ideological hijack which has taken place so recently in this country, which can see its consequences [...]

    26. Back in 1997 , I was hooked to Radiohead’s OK Computer, an album which focused on society’s fixation with computer technology , pre-millennial angst and the changing political system of Britain. I was 18 at the time and Thom Yorke’s lyrics meant a lot to me during that time. However there’s one song called Fitter, Happier where a computerized voice is detailing a sort of horrific future wasteland and I was always puzzled about the words.youtube/watch?v=My10F (Fitter Happier)Upon some res [...]

    27. Normally if I don't enjoy a book that someone recommends me I assume that I must be missing something, they like it there must be something great about it. I don't feel that way about this book. Even though nick hornby says coe is the greatest modern writer and Karen said this was his best book. I am not saying this book is bad, it isn't. It just didn't strike me as horribly amazing. What was great were both endings in the novel. Coe really starts to figure out what people like me want to read w [...]

    28. Oh, de personages zijn slechter dan slecht, de humor is fantastisch, het leven van het hoofdpersonage zorgt toch voor een sterk emotioneel moment en het tweede afsluitende deel is als het vuurwerk dat het feest afsluit. Dit boek is zo ontzettend vlot geschreven en boort van de eerste tot de laatste pagina de bron "puur leesplezier" aan dat een lezershartje als het mijne hier ontzettend gelukkig van wordt.Ik dacht eerst maar vier sterren te geven omdat ik de politieke geschiedenis in Engeland nie [...]

    29. This one proved to be a treat. I laughed aloud and found myself exposed, so much of my insecurity was stitched into our broader tale of oligarchy and eroding standards imposed upon those who can't afford anything else.This is a horror novel and not in the sense that a gruesome revenge is exacted. What remains terrifying is how conservative forces render and corrupt matters in the name of freedom and choice: underfunded schools populated with ill fed children only serves one agenda. What does Vol [...]

    30. The most angry, beautiful, cathartic, devilish, elaborate, fulsome, generous, haunting, intricate, joyful, kaleidoscopic, lustrous, mysterious, naughty, oracular, phenomenal, questing, robust, Satanic, titanic, upsetting, and venomously wild novel I've had the pleasure of reading thus far this year.

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