Wednesday, August 27, 2008

England, England

England, England by Julian Barnes.
Vintage (2000), Paperback, 288 pages

A satirical look at the crazy life and times of our present, where we want instant gratification. an entrepreneur in england comes up with the brillient scheme of marketing English history in accessible, bite sized nibbles, by making a theme park with miniatures of major monuments and tourist spots - the Tower of London, Stonehenge, Harrods and so on. All so time- and money-challenged tourists can claim to have seen the originals by seeing the fake fascimile. The book was funny in the beginning but i started feeling tired of the theme towards the end. There's only so much you can extend a joke/satire.

(Review crossposted on LibraryThing)

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