Sebastian Faulks ' A Week in December turned out to be an apropos choice for the week in which Canada was plunged into a national election that will force the country to choose between corporate greed and public compassion, between blind ideology and common sense, between the rule of law and the law of the jungle. It was my first adventure with Faulks. I confess I found the lack story in favour of a massive cast of characters difficult. I found the financial explanations tedious. While elements did draw me into the narrative, nothing really touched my heart or tickled my fancy. Still, election or no, the novel's argument is a good one, an essential one: whether a person is a psychopath or sociopath, whether they are armed with a bomb or a financial scheme, whether their megalomania is sparked by visions of a god or a commodity, they are a danger to the planet. It's an argument that bears repeating and rereading. It's an argument that Faulks makes very well.
Agree with all comments above. This was a tedious book to read. I stuck with it hoping for an interesting denouement. There was none. Don't waste your time on this one.
Follows the lives of seven individuals as the holidays approach.
Disappointing. Hard to care about the characters.
This book was a disappointment. It starts off with a daunting cast of characters that fortunately gets whittled down to a manageable bunch. The plot builds steam towards what would seem like a cataclysmic finale and then just peters out. One of my all time favourite novels is a Faulk's work, Birdsong, but A Week in December is nothing like its predecessor. And what's with the mystery riders on the bicycles?
Seven days, seven characters, central hedge funds and urban life. Disappointing. Who cares about these people?
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