Expo 58

Expo 58

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Expo 58 - Good-looking girls and sinister spies: a naive Englishman at loose in Europe in Jonathan Coe's brilliant comic novel

London, 1958: unassuming civil servant Thomas Foley is plucked from his desk at the Central Office of Information and sent on a six-month trip to Brussels. His task: to keep an eye on The Brittania, a brand new pub which will form the heart of the British presence at Expo 58 - the biggest World's Fair of the century, and the first to be held… (more)

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Expo 58 is a comedy of manners fused, at times awkwardly, with the lineaments of a thriller. Coe has always enjoyed playing with different forms, but there is a sense here of the author shrinking from something more ambitious.

A comico-serious delight, the novel absorbs from start to finish; rarely has Belgium looked so plain, dark-chocolate dangerous or inviting.

This is entertainment of a very high order, and all the more delightful for being grounded in the more bizarre dimensions of reality, the inspiration of all the best fiction.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Penguin (September 05, 2013)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 288 pages

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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