Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Number 11

Elevenses. I stopped counting how many times the number eleven appeared in Jonathan Coe’s eleventh novel which is aptly titled, Number 11. There are a lot of them. Fans of Coe will be delighted that this is a sort-of sequel to The Winshaw Legacy. New readers will find fine writing, confusing or absent transitions, interesting characters, especially Allison and Rachel, and comedy and satire about our contemporary society. I enjoyed Coe’s wit, his sharp social observations, and his well-written prose. Readers who enjoy literary fiction and can tolerate abrupt transitions are those most likely to enjoy this novel. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Number 11 from amazon.com.

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