THE TERRIBLE PRIVACY OF MAXWELL SIM by Jonathan Coe

A couple of weeks ago, I watched the film “The Social Network.” I expect most of us know what the film is about, but for those who don’t, it’s the fictionalized account of the creation of the social networking internet site: Facebook. I liked the film a lot, and one of the things that remained with me after the credits rolled is the changing idea of friendship. In the age of the internet, what does friendship mean? It used to be that we made friends in school, at work or at university, but now many of us have friendships with people online that we’ve never actually met in person. Are these relationships real? Are they substitutes, or are they a facsimile of the “real” thing.

The authenticity of relationships is just one of the many things that trouble the protagonist of Jonathan Coe’s latest novel, THE TERRIBLE PRIVACY OF MAXWELL SIM.

March 11, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE RAIN BEFORE IT FALLS by Jonathan Coe

THE RAIN BEFORE IT FALLS is an elegant, multi-generational saga that draws the reader in with a unique narrative format. Before she died, Rosamund left behind a series of cassettes for her niece, Gil, who must pass them onto someone named Imogen.

April 23, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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