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JONATHAN COE WHAT A CARVE UP PDF

Apr 1, Guardian book club, week one: John Mullan on What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe. Apr 23, BOOK REVIEW / Clawing, brutish gargoyles: ‘What a Carve Up]’ – Jonathan Coe: Viking’ pounds – Anthony Quinn on a furiously political. Jonathan Coe writes: “After The Dwarves of Death I knew that it was time to write a more ambitious novel. For a while I toyed with a couple of ideas: there had.

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M ichael Owen, the protagonist and occasional narrator of What a Carve Up! He is also lonely and sex-starved, prone to fantasise about attractive women he sees on public transport. Spotting a “Grace Kelly-style icy blonde” on the tube, he lapses into his “favourite fantasy”, in which, “miraculously”, it turns out that she is “getting out at the same stop, continuing on to the same station, catching the same train, travelling to the same town — a series of coincidences which would bring us together while usefully absolving me from the need to take events into my own hands”.

For a character in a novel, coincidences mean that hwat has a destiny.

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And Michael is indeed part of a plot. His discoveries echo the plot twists of some classic English novels. Like Fielding’s Tom Joneshe is destined to find out the true identity of his father.

Like Dickens’s Pip, jonxthan has a secret benefactor who will be revealed to him as the novel reaches its conclusion.

What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe

He has been living out a story plotted by others. The arrangement of his destiny should have been evident to him when he observed a coincidence that would be possible in life, but, occurring in such a carefully plotted novel, must have been designed.

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On a train to Sheffield, a peculiarly attractive young woman sitting opposite him is reading a book — and it is a novel of which he is the author, with his photograph on the back. When he hesitantly introduces ojnathan, she laughs. In fact the encounter is anything but accidental. For coincidence means that what might appear random is in fact following a pattern.

What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe

In this novel we most often experience coincidence by meeting characters that we have already met. Naturally, a few hundred pages later, when Michael’s friend Fiona is admitted to an overstretched emergency department, the senior registrar is the same Dr Gillam.

The Newsnight interview, in which the bullying politician dispatches his less worldly opponent with a hail of statistics, is conducted by one Alan Beamish. Beamish was the same man who introduced Henry’s even more ruthless sister, Hilary, to the world of television in an earlier chapter.

We and the Winshaws will bump into him over and over again.

When Hilary takes over an ailing TV company, it is Beamish who is sacked. When Graham, a political activist, starts working for nasty Mark Winshaw, a successful arms dealer, in order to expose his activities, he receives encouragement from “Alan Beamish, head of current affairs at one of the largest ITV companies”.

Not for nothing was one of Jonathan Coe’s novels called Closed Circle. There is a cast of characters rather than a numerous society. We encounter the same people again and again because care are discovering the pattern in the novel’s events.

Beamish, we might say, stands for every educated, ineffectual, foe liberal. In this novel, we should expect to see csrve we already know. It is unimaginable that this remark could not mean something, and we know that this familiarity will eventually produce the explanation of another cos. Some of the connections between characters are so elaborately coincidental that we hardly notice them.

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Later we find that disgusting Mark Winshaw’s German wife is the daughter of a former Nazi, whose Zyklon B production plant his uncle Godfrey was instructed to destroy in a secret wartime mission.

Jonathan Coe: poking fun at broken Britain

The coincidence will lead us to an explanation of Godfrey’s death. Writing his history of the Winshaw clan makes Michael a believer in conspiracies. One Winshaw or other is involved in everything bad that he observes. If he buys some junk food, it has been manufactured by Dorothy Winshaw’s factory-farm conglomerate. If his local hospital is chaotic, it is because of Henry Winshaw’s reorganisation. Even when he finds a likely girlfriend, she has already been seduced by rakish art dealer Roddy Winshaw.

The Winshaws are, as one of them says, “the meanest, greediest, cruellest bunch of back-stabbing, penny-pinching bastards who ever crawled across the face of the earth”. They are a representative breed, whose members you keep meeting because they are responsible for most of the ills jknathan British society. Topics Jonathan Coe Book club. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

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