- File Size: 403 KB
- Print Length: 152 pages
- Publisher: Arcade (August 7, 2018)
- Publication Date: August 7, 2018
- Sold by: Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0746S4YPK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
Price set by seller.
2020: A Novel Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
“Impressive . . . This novel is so realistic that it is reminiscent of Orson Welles’ classic The War of the Worlds fictional radio broadcast, which many listeners believed. . . . 2020 offers a short, sharp reminder of how delicately balanced many modern societies actually are.”Booklist
"Kenneth Steven’s dystopian novel 2020 is as tightly compressed and explosive as a block of Semtex. By focusing on a small group of interrelated characters in and around a Northern English town in the near future, 2020 explores an all-too possible scenario in which race, religion, politics, and opportunism lead to a seemingly unstoppable cycle of violence and heartbreak."Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer- and Tony Award–winning writer of Building the Wall
"2020 could not be more appropriate and necessary. An honest and at times horrific view of the state of the nation, but run through with humanity and ultimately hope . . . Kenneth Steven has written a parable for our times, and one which we would do well to take note of."Scots Whay Hae
"An important book that should be read by everyone. . . . A gripping and compelling narrative."Undiscovered Scotland
"2020 is a compelling and difficult study of the darkness and pain of societies in conflict. Disconnection and misunderstanding feed the narrative, and leave the reader with no choice but to keep reading more.”—Eric Barnes, author of The City Where We Once Lived
"Steven's first novel robustly and sensitively explores the debilitating consequences of abuse, violence and the lack of love. It promises even greater things to follow."Scotland on Sunday
"Some of the things Steven imagines are chillingly plausible, not to say prescient."Scotsman "All too credible…Exerts the unsettling fascination of events that could easily come to pass."The Herald
"Artfully constructed . . . The tension is perfectly pitched.The List
A poetic voice of great sensitivity."Alexandaer McCall Smith
"Kenneth has a rare gift of being able to transmute the mundane into the mesmerizing, in a kind of poetic alchemy."Countryman --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
And than it does. A train going from Edinburgh to London is attacked by terrorists with hundreds killed by the bombers. The reaction by the public with many differing opinions about what should be done to forestall future terrorism allows a far right wing group called White Rose to form. An untried leader coming from White Rose indicates that he will be able to fix the problems of the nation. The population splinters even more than before with no firm direction being taken to attack the internal mess that characterizes the country. Opinions and demands for action rush out of the many groups that have formed making up a population that is frozen and unable to act.
It might be that 20 20 could lead to a 1984 scenario with an embedded dictatorship but most probably it would lead to the exact opposite. A nation completely splintered with no real direction and unable to solve the real problems facing it. A very provocative opinion piece with a large amount of what is forecasted being the norm today.
Top international reviews
It describes, from a host of different perspectives, including empathic, the contemporary mess and brokenness of England – divided by location, north and south, and differences of privilege, power, race, religion, which so easily breed misunderstanding, fear, bullying, isolation and an unstoppable cascade of extremist ideologies of radicalisation, resentment, revenge, destruction and death (often of innocents).
The format is a series of interviews and the reader has to form his/her own opinion about who is speaking. Sometimes this is obvious but at other times less so. What strikes me are the similarities of sentiment coming from both sides of the divide, emphasising their common humanity even as they express their fear of and ill will towards each other. I read a couple of interviews each morning and mulled them over, sifting them for those sad similarities. The ending has horrific undertones in the midst of mundane events and activities. It is significant that an unknown 'miserable' uncovers the depth of that horror by accident.
Written in 2015, it is a work of fiction, uncannily prescient when we look back at recent events in Manchester and London. Its 154 pages come in bite sized chunks, where the reader must figure out whose voice is speaking. Many threads form the tangled knot of this dystopian, post-religious society. Who can possibly unravel and straighten out the complex web of escalating violence? Not the male PM, who can fix the economy but is incompetent to heal the fractured country. Many bystanders look on with a sense of powerlessness, horror and despair, but ultimately a voice of hope is heard from an unexpected source.
I strongly recommend this challenging book to thinking people and to reading groups for further discussion and reflection.
I liked the reportage and different voices but ending didn't seem to lead anywhere I could believe in.
It did not offer any route to better understanding between communities or shed any light on managing these sudden eruptions of rioting and bad feeling which I had hoped it would and we most urgently need, considering the state of tension currently throughout the world.
Writer clearly perceptive having been written some years ago.