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Review: Capital

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Capital by John Lanchester

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish I'd saved this one for summer vacation beachside. The tension was there until the collapse of 2008 and then I am surprised to say, nothing much dramatic happened. The first third of the book was quite engaging and held a lot of promise as we got to know the residents of Pepys Road. I truly felt impending doom and anxiety for them as time barreled on. I had anxiety just reading an accounting of the amount and cost of the life the Younts were leading. It was so extreme a case of affluenza that it wasn't just off-putting, it was suffocating. So when the entire story sort of meandered toward its conclusion, I was left feeling a but let down. Still, it was something of a page-turner and it held my interest quite keenly for about 75% of the way through. It's not the deeper social commentary I'd expected but it is interesting enough to want to finish. I'd recommend this one as good for vacation or time spent during air travel or waiting on jury duty day.

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