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The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

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He does touch lots of important topics and I do think that it is a great read, but I’m absolutely sure that this book will not please the majority of readers. However, I commend JB for taking on these issues as he is no stranger to tackling institutional abuse and social misconduct. It’s another of his books that will almost certainly divide opinion but I for one thoroughly enjoyed it.

He does it throughout the novel, which elevates this saga to something higher than just a send-up in bouts of laughter of our own madness. a brilliant reflection on the landscape we now live in' Joanna Cannon _______________What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is. Today we live our lives online - photos, thoughts and opinions are all out there for all to see and judge. Overall, it’s a mixed bag for me, some parts are devastatingly funny, acutely observed and enjoyable while others are bizarre and odd.On one level it’s simply a pointed attack on the role overt political correctness has had on modern society. Seems he has drawn on his inner snarkiness to give us a tale about the ridiculous of our social media addicted society. Still, he’s at his most persuasive when he remembers to pull back a little and dissect the real culprits: “I blame Steve Jobs.

The story itself is simple: TV personality, George Cleverley, mistakenly uses the wrong pronoun when speaking about a transwoman on Twitter.Meanwhile her husband George is being told by his fling that she's pregnant and he had already sort of moved on by this point. Although skillfully written, this is one of those books that you need to be careful not to judge it badly just because you hate all the characters. Up to a few years ago, George and Beverley had a very loving relationship, enjoying each other’s company and having their children around them.

Without giving away any spoilers as the story progresses each family member is used to demonstrate the downfalls and absurdity of social media.

none of the characters are likeable and, even if they were, theyre presented in such a caricature way that prevents me from taking any of them seriously.

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