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The Rotters' Club


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Publisher:Knopf, 2002



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"At once uproariously entertaining and deadly seriousa comedy of manners and mores, but also a conscientious and politically charged reminder of an age quite easily forgotten, yet not far removed from our own.
Henry Hitchings, Times Literary Supplement

The acclaimed author of The Winshaw Legacyan epic satire of the eightiesnow turns to the previous decade, which is to recent history what adolescence is to life itself: awkward, fervent, confused, sweetly naïve, and oh-so-painfully familiar, yet also far less tiresomely ironic than what weve come to.

Our principal guides to this collective coming-of-age story are four boys, classmates and friends, who must cope with their own hopes and traumas as well as their countrys, at a time when industrial and uncool Birmingham is on the cutting edge of Britains economic crisis and the air is filled with upheaval and changefrom class antagonism and Northern Ireland to new music and morals.

As for parents, it goes without saying that they dont help one little bit. Witnessing marital dissatisfaction lends no assurance to anyone facing the difficulties of holding a band together; of refining ones creativity, politics, or (god forbid) faith; of surviving classroom rivalries and racism and romance.

Comic, wistful, revisionist, and even romantic, seamlessly adjoining issues both intimately personal and broadly political, the novel is filled with characters whose destinies we care about, whose welfare moves us, wrote William Sutcliffe in The Independent (U.K.). This is the simplest, but the highest calling of literature. The Rotters Club is a book to cherish, a book to reread, a book to buy for all your friends.

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