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England, England (1998) [Novel]
by Julian Barnes Rating: Weighted - 6.7 / Average - 6.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

Picture an England where all the pubs are quaint, the Royals behave themselves (more or less), and the cliffs of Dover actually are white. Now imagine that the principal national treasures - from Stonehenge to Buckingham Palace are grouped together on the Isle of Wight. This is precisely the vision that Sir Jack Pitman seeks to realize: a "destination" where tourists can find replicas of Big Ben, Wembley Stadium, the National Gallery, Princess Di's grave, and even Harrods (conveniently located inside the Tower of London), and visit them all in the course of a weekend.

Martha Cochrane, hired as one of Sir Jack's resident "no-people," ably assists him in realizing his dream. But when this land of make-believe gradually gets horribly and hilariously out of hand, Martha develops her own vision of the perfect England.

Original title: England, England
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire

Edition #1: England, England

England, England (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A brilliant, Swiftian fantasy: a virtual England." The Economist
  • "A wonderfully nasty satire . . . perfectly counterbalanced with unexpected poignancy." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Barnes uses his copious talents as a writer--his lapidary prose, his eye for the askew detail, his ear for the circumlocutions of contemporary speech--to turn the saga of England, England into an uproarious farce that mocks both our postmodernist suspicion of the authentic and our Disney-like willingness to turn that embrace of the ersatz into a money-making machine." The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani
  • "...a treasure chest of wordplays, ironic imagery and gemlike phrasing that's sure to amuse.... Mr. Barnes has crafted not only a very funny satire about England and the world. He has also skillfully dissected the discomforting ways in which we all have grown to accept, and even depend on, illusion." The Wall Street Journal
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England, England (April 11, 2000)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0375705503
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.0 x 0.6
Pages: 288

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