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The book suffers in its programmatic attempts to make the four boys and their families symbolize, or represent, something important to do with British life. Doug, for instance, symbolizes Industrial Decline--his dad is a shop steward at the doomed British Leyland Longbridge plant. Sean symbolizes Sexual Liberation--at least he's the one who seems most likely to get his rocks off. And young Ben Trotter would appear to represent A Young Jonathan Coe. But if this aspect of the novel seems contrived, then the author's capricious, deft, wryly comedic, and touchingly empathetic style keeps things chugging along, as he knits together the troubles and tragedies of some fairly ordinary people living through fairly extraordinary years. --Sean Thomas, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is a great book in a series. The author ambitiously portrays his characters with lots of love and compassion. The schoolboys on the cover are not the schoolboys in the book. . Read morePublished 23 months ago by John L. Ahern
I did like this book, very different to what I thought it was going to be. Gets you really involved. Will get the follow-up at some stage.Published on January 2, 2013 by Liz Taylor
Sharp, satirical and poignant. When a novel manages to be funny and moving at the same time, it's fabulous, and Coe is. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Melissa A.
Comic and tragic, charming and haunting, this 2001 novel tells of schoolmates in mid to late 1970s Birmingham, England. Read morePublished on June 30, 2008 by K. W. Schreiter
Insanely great novel by Jonathan Coe. At turns harrowing, funny, poignant, but always exceptionally readable. Read morePublished on December 20, 2007 by Wiggly
"The Rotters' Club" was first published in 2001, and went on to win Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. Read morePublished on September 24, 2007 by Craobh Rua
The funny thing is that I almost didn't get past the fourth page of "The Rotter's Club." I felt the the prologue was a little clumsy and I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue,... Read morePublished on October 26, 2006 by Edward Aycock
Coe is better than most at telling a story, particularly a story set in a particular moment in history not long enough ago to have been memorialized as part of humanity's... Read morePublished on July 30, 2006 by zugenia
At the cover, it's quoted an apreciative NYT review describing Coe as "an Evelyn Waugh of the Left". Read morePublished on May 11, 2006 by C. E. R. Mendonça