Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this "commanding and imaginative achievement" ("Sunday Times" (London)) tells the story of Sir Jack Pitman, who seeks to realize a "destination" where replicas of all of England's national treasures--from Stonehenge to Princess Diana's grave--can be conveniently gathered together for tourism purposes.Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this "commanding and imaginative achievement" ("Sunday Times" (London)) tells the story of Sir Jack Pitman, who seeks to realize a "destination" where replicas of all of England's national treasures--from Stonehenge to Princess Diana's grave--can be conveniently gathered together for tourism purposes.Read Less
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Julian Barnes is a writer with great virtuosity, which he displays in ENGLAND, ENGLAND about greedy business interests who want to transform England into a dystopian, fantasmagorical Disneyland-like theme park. But what the population doesn't know is that the 'theme park' is a fantasy designed for tourists to be able 'to do' the country in a week-end albeit on the Isle of Wight. Barnes seess his country and the rest of the world with unchecked cynicism. His concerns focus upon what he sees as a world full of charlatans and shysters, a disenchanted populace who walk through each day in a fugue state. ENGLAND, ENGLAND is a cautionary tale mixed with the elements of a listing moral aesthetic. This book is a meditation on a future that Barnes sees in jeopardy ... his remedy is that people must keep asking questions of the powerful people and institutions who make the rules. An excelllent read.
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