Bournville: From the bestselling author of Middle England

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Bournville: From the bestselling author of Middle England

Bournville: From the bestselling author of Middle England

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The reactions of others to events and people reflect the opinions of the time, which can seem jarring through a modern lens. For eleven-year-old Mary, it is the center of her world, the place where most of her family’s friends and neighbors have worked for decades and where the streets smell faintly of chocolate. a posteriori με τους Ουαλλούς εθνικιστές-ακτιβιστές-επαναστάτες και την αποτρεπτική δράση ενός μέλους της οικογένειας, ξεφεύγει από το μοτίβο της προβλεψιμότητας.

In the Birmingham suburb of Bournville, site of a famous chocolate factory, a family celebrates VE Day in 1945. Bournville, ultimo romanzo di Jonathan Coe, è il racconto di un luogo di una famiglia legati a filo doppio. From the bestselling, award-winning author of Middle England comes a profoundly moving, brutally funny and brilliantly true portrait of Britain told through four generations of one family.B ournville, we learn from Jonathan Coe’s notes at the end of the novel, is the fourth in a planned quintet he’s writing under the general title of Unrest.

And the novel has a surprisingly strong ending also with a passage which echoes one from the start and shows the continuity of societal issues – which is a fundamental theme of the novel (and of course proven by the events since the novel was written - the overdue defenestration of Boris, another Royal death and another Royal coronation … and probably another James Bond film but I do not follow movies).the best fictional portrayal of lockdown that I've read * Irish Times * Told with compassion, steadiness, decency and always a glint in the eye, this is a novel that both challenges and delights. That is the overriding mantra of John Coe’s latest book, which tells a nation’s story through generations of the same family. Like a murmurous river, like the incoming wash of the tide, a distant counterpoint to the swish, swish, swish of her broom on the step, a disembodied voice whispering in her ear, over and over, the mantra: Everything changes, and everything stays the same.

The political backdrop has also thrown up extraordinary events already, in the UK, with Johnson and Truss demonstrating how fertile this ground continues to be. All these interweaving plotlines, all the reappearing names, events and, above all, places give the impression of an author whose work is driven by an almost obsessive need to take new perspectives on the past (and its role in shaping the present), to rehearse and re-rehearse foundation myths both personal and national. It does try your patience, though, to be treated like that as a reader: everything being spelled out for you, it makes you feel stupid at times. Once again, I’m happy to express my profound gratitude to Europa Editions for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for an honest review.

Però, per quanto mi dispiaccia dirlo, questo Bournville (e con lui Middle England che ho letto qualche tempo fa) è molto lontano da quel livello di inventiva che mi aveva entusiasmata in gioventù (di Coe e anche mia), ammesso che di inventiva questo libro ne abbia almeno un po'. Whilst they went about their own business and had their own personal family experiences, they were encountering the same historical happenings as the rest of us which fostered a kind of solidarity with me as a reader. The set up is simple but effective – a single family (based around the eponymous Cadbury’s built workers village), and part German descended is followed across seven nation-defining: VE Day; The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth; The World Cup Final; The Investiture of Charles as Prince of Wales; The Wedding of Charles and Lady Diana; the Funeral of Diana; the 75th Anniversary of VE Day (which takes place in the early days of lockdown – a prologue being set in March 2020 as the virus spreads across Europe in real time). Mary will go on to live through the Coronation and the World Cup final, royal weddings and royal funerals, Brexit and Covid-19. Immaginate un luogo nato per ospitare tutti i lavatori di una fabbrica; un piccolo borgo immerso nel verde, nel quale è vietata lavadita di alcolici e bambini sono liberi di scorrazzare per strada!

Bournville έχει φτιαχτεί για να στεγάσει τους εργάτες της Cadbury), με νοσταλγικές και πραγματιστικές νότες παράλληλα, την προσθήκη φυτικού λίπους στις βρετανικές σοκολάτες εν καιρώ πολέμου λόγω ελλείψεων και την μάχη στην Ευρώπη για το αν οι εγγλέζικες σοκολάτες μπορούν να θεωρηθούν «σοκολάτες» ή αν πρέπει να τους αποδοθεί άλλο όνομα (και πώς γράφεται το όνομα "Παπασταθόπουλος"). She will have three sons and two of them will have children and THOSE children will have children and, in the meantime, things will inexorably change. It is an easy read but is not always light – it has its poignant moments, and may just make you shed a tear or two at times. There's nothing new to be learned or experienced in Bournville because the early chapters are far too on-the-nose with historic events we all already know about, the middle is dull and non-eventful and the beginning/end bookends are far too personal. The chocolate wars on the definition of the amount of fat allowed was strangely fascinating, but I felt that there could have been more on Brexit than a few opposing opinions.E anche recentemente avevo trovato Middle England capace di riappacificarmi un po' con questo autore ma qui, che gli è successo? Brexit (για το οποίο είναι σαφές ότι οι Βρετανοί δεν έχουν ακόμα συλλογικά κατασταλαγμένη άποψη), ενώ ένας άλλος, πολύ χαριτωμένα ερωτώμενος αν έχει κάνει ποτέ του κάτι τολμηρό αναφέρει την ένταξή του στο SDP (μετριοπαθέστερο των εργατικών της εποχής κόμμα). I especially enjoyed the description of the European market versus Cadbury chocolate, lots of humour in this book.



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