A Week in December

A Week in December

Book - 2009
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A powerful contemporary novel set in London from a master of literary fiction.

London, the week before Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we follow the lives of seven major characters: a hedge fund manager trying to bring off the biggest trade of his career; a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland; a young lawyer with little work and too much time to speculate; a student who has been led astray by Islamist theory; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy hooked on skunk and reality TV; and a Tube train driver whose Circle Line train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop.

With daring skill, the novel pieces together the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life. Greed, the dehumanising effects of the electronic age and the fragmentation of society are some of the themes dealt with in this savagely humorous book. The writing on the wall appears in letters ten feet high, but the characters refuse to see it -- and party on as though tomorrow is a dream.

Sebastian Faulks probes not only the self-deceptions of this intensely realised group of people, but their hopes and loves as well. As the novel moves to its gripping climax, they are forced, one by one, to confront the true nature of the world they inhabit.
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2009
ISBN: 9780091794453
Branch Call Number: FIC Faulk 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 392 p


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brianreynolds Aug 05, 2015

Sebastian Faulks ' A Week in December turned out to be an apropos choice for the week in which Canada was plunged into a national election that will force the country to choose between corporate greed and public compassion, between blind ideology and common sense, between the rule of law and the law of the jungle. It was my first adventure with Faulks. I confess I found the lack story in favour of a massive cast of characters difficult. I found the financial explanations tedious. While elements did draw me into the narrative, nothing really touched my heart or tickled my fancy. Still, election or no, the novel's argument is a good one, an essential one: whether a person is a psychopath or sociopath, whether they are armed with a bomb or a financial scheme, whether their megalomania is sparked by visions of a god or a commodity, they are a danger to the planet. It's an argument that bears repeating and rereading. It's an argument that Faulks makes very well.

Jan 25, 2015

Agree with all comments above. This was a tedious book to read. I stuck with it hoping for an interesting denouement. There was none. Don't waste your time on this one.

MissGloria May 30, 2013

Follows the lives of seven individuals as the holidays approach.
Disappointing. Hard to care about the characters.

Ansel1 Aug 06, 2012

This book was a disappointment. It starts off with a daunting cast of characters that fortunately gets whittled down to a manageable bunch. The plot builds steam towards what would seem like a cataclysmic finale and then just peters out. One of my all time favourite novels is a Faulk's work, Birdsong, but A Week in December is nothing like its predecessor. And what's with the mystery riders on the bicycles?

Jul 27, 2012

Seven days, seven characters, central hedge funds and urban life. Disappointing. Who cares about these people?

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