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The Wall | John Lanchester
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This book is as dull and monotonous as the endless concrete wall at its center. The dystopian plot is not well thought out nor clever- climate change has caused water levels to rise, walls are built surrounding Britain to exclude “The Others” from being able to enter, while the world seems to somehow continue otherwise unaffected- no food shortages, a persevering economy, etc. What the plot lacks is not offset by the writing... (cont. 👇🏻)

emilyhaldi Lanchester overexplains every thought or action of the narrator to the point that it could pass for a YA novel. I‘m confounded as to why this book has been chosen for the #manbooker long list. 6mo
Megabooks Blech! 6mo
Cathythoughts Interesting!!! Some of these Booker books ... I don‘t get it 6mo
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TrishB And I had been tempted by this one. I‘ve found I like them less and less each year. (edited) 6mo
Kalalalatja Well, I‘m in no hurry to get to this, then 😅 6mo
Redwritinghood Agree. This is definitely not the strongest of the Booker contenders this year. One thing that bothered me was how he said they produced all their own food, but they kept drinking tea and coffee. I was so distracted thinking “there‘s no way they could grow tea and coffee in England” every time a character drank tea or coffee. It was annoying. (edited) 6mo
batsy I love an entertaining pan like this one 😆 Nice review ! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I wasn‘t drawn to this one when I read the synopsis..🤷‍♀️ Nice review 👍 6mo
emilyhaldi Right! @Redwritinghood So many details that didn‘t correspond with the narrative. 6mo
emilyhaldi Glad to be of service 😆 @batsy 6mo
Reviewsbylola You‘re not a dystopian fan tho so why did you read this? 😆 6mo
BarbaraBB I did like this one but I recognize all you say about it. I think I liked the premise and was maybe not very critical. 6mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB and I, on the other hand, tend to hate dystopian plots, so I was hyper-critical 😆 since this made the long list I thought I would give it a try but I need to stop trying to make dystopian fiction happen!!! 🙅🏻‍♀️ 6mo
BarbaraBB Haha. I do like dystopian sometimes. Do you hate them all? 6mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB my hate for them grows with every additional one I read 😆 feels like the same trope to me each time. 6mo
Mdargusch Yuck. I never would‘ve picked this up. #justsaynotodystopian 5mo
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