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    The Wall [E–pub/E–book] Dull pedestrian dystopiaI’m not really sure who the target readership is for The Wall John Lanchester’s Booker longlisted novel about a post climate change future As a work of genre fiction – a cli fi dystopia – i

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    characters Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John Lanchester The Wall [E–pub/E–book] Longlisted for the Booker prize 2019I very much enjoyed this suspenseful and atmospheric dystopian novel Maybe because it is so plaus

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    review The Wall characters Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John Lanchester John Lanchester ↠ 0 read Now Nominated for the Booker Prize 2019 The genius of Lanchester's The Wall is that this dystopia simply envisions what might happen if we go on like this The sea levels have risen dramatically due to climate change Britain has build a wall around the whole island and people who flee from the South to the North are comb

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    The Wall [E–pub/E–book] We're not short on dystopian stories these days One would think that readers might like to escape the daily news cycle of doom and g

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    characters Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John Lanchester John Lanchester ↠ 0 read review The Wall I had been brought up not to think about the Others in terms of where they came from or who they were to ignore all that—they were just Others Wall  A high thick masonry structure forming a long rampart or an enclosure chiefly for defense Merriam Webster DictionaryFor millennia humans have built walls to keep people in and to keep people out  We've all unfortunately heard trump's spiel about how we need to build a

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    characters Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John Lanchester The Wall [E–pub/E–book] Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019My fifth book from this year's Booker longlist this is the first which I think is lucky to be there I don't read much dystopian fiction but I have already read two much imaginative ones this year the best of which was Zed Neither is this Lanchester's best work he has never improved on his debut Th

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    review The Wall John Lanchester ↠ 0 read The Wall [E–pub/E–book] John Lanchester’s new novel “The Wall” sounds like the best timed book of the year It arrives smack dab in t

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    The Wall [E–pub/E–book] I read this book due to its long listing for the 2019 Booker Prize although I have in fact read all four of the author’ should previous novels and his most famous work of non fiction I loved his Whitbread now Costa First `novel prize winning “The Debt to Pleasure” but struggled to engage with much of his writing si

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    The Wall [E–pub/E–book] review The Wall Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestTHE WALL by John Lanchester falls into a genre that I call unapologetic lad lit It's written for men and doesn't really make any secret about it; the manly man protagonist p

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    The Wall [E–pub/E–book] Booker Prize Longlist 2019 Lanchester’s dystopian novel explores a world where sea levels have risen dramatically after ‘the Change’ land is scarce and in need of protection from ‘the Others’ Thus the country similar to t

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review The Wall characters Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John Lanchester John Lanchester ↠ 0 read Ravaged by the Change an island nation in a time very like our own has built the Wall―an enormous concrete barrier around its entire coastline Joseph Kavanagh a new Defender has one task to protect his section of the Wall from the Othe. Now Nominated for the Booker Prize 2019 The genius of Lanchester s The Wall is that this dystopia simply envisions what might happen if we go on like this The sea levels have risen dramatically due to climate change Britain has build a wall around the whole island and people who flee from the South to the North are combated like enemies in a war Is this the most subtle book ever written Hell no but this author does not seem to think that the problems we are facing scream for excessive subtlety and I don t blame him for it At the beginning of the book our narrator Joseph Kavanagh starts his mandatory military service as a Defender yes there s some newspeak hello Orwell At all times 50000 enlistees are standing on the defense wall to keep the Others out Vast parts of the first third of the book mirror the mixture of boredom fear and anger that possesses the soldiers during their service and Lanchester develops a theme that proved to be the most fascinating to me He uestions the dynamics of blame guilt and responsibility Young people blame their parents for letting the Change ie climate change happen but the majority of society as a whole approves of the wall the killing and the enslavement of refugees and also the fact that those Defenders who fail to keep foreigners out are themselves exiled to the sea so almost every young person is threatened to become one of the Others and what would happen then When finally a big attack occurs the novel gains speed and becomes a real page turner I was particularly fascinated by the role of a high ranking soldier who was one of the last refugees who made it into the country without being killed and then became a Defender this character illustrates the connection between perspective fear and ethics At the same time Kavanagh is sometimes hard to bear as a narrator He feels victimized and constantly expects people to apologize which they don t do without realizing that he himself a guy who borrows slaves and stands on a wall to kill refugees certainly cannot claim innocence or moral superiority In this story most people point their fingers at each other and do nothing which is of course how all great man made catastrophes happen So all in all this book is a little crude and it s not the most literary text ever written which at the same time makes sense of course because the narrative voice is true to Kavanagh the narrator You have to give it to Lanchester though that he talks about important issues and points out the cynicism that is at the heart of right wing nationalism And while Lanchester claims that Brexit wasn t his main focus when he wrote the book though he was certainly influenced by it the book is clearly terrifying if you have been following British politics which is currently operating in a mode of self destruction This doesn t mean that this book isn t relevant for and reflective of tendencies in other parts of the world as well For me as a citizen of a country that was divided by a wall where refugees did get shot it s aggravating to think that walls are still discussed as policy when in fact they are a means of war

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review The Wall characters Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John Lanchester John Lanchester ↠ 0 read Rs the desperate souls who are trapped amid the rising seas outside and are a constant threat Failure will result in death or a fate perhaps worse being put to sea and made an Other himself Beset by cold loneliness and fear Kavanagh trie. I had been brought up not to think about the Others in terms of where they came from or who they were to ignore all that they were just Others Wall A high thick masonry structure forming a long rampart or an enclosure chiefly for defense Merriam Webster DictionaryFor millennia humans have built walls to keep people in and to keep people out We ve all unfortunately heard trump s spiel about how we need to build a wall to keep out all those criminals drug dealers rapists ie Others How we need to defend our great country and keep out all the evil others who would surely harm us and take what belongs to us if given the chance to weasel their way into this great cough cough landAmericans are not alone in wanting to keep out OTHERS Anti immigrant sentiment is on the rise throughout the Western world In The Wall John Lanchester imagines a time in the near future when climate change the Change has made resources scarce in much of the world The novel takes place in an unnamed island country the citizens speak with British slang and I took it to be EnglandUK where a wall has been erected around its entire perimeter Because the citizens of this country have sufficient resources they are worried about Others coming and taking what they think is rightfully theirs Indeed people do try to get over the wall and because of that each citizen excluding the few Elite must do a 2 year stint as a Defender of the Wall As our protagonist Joseph uickly finds out the Wall is a brutally cold place and the shifts are long and tortuous One mustn t ever let down one s guard because Others might sneak over the wall and if that happens whoever is on watch will be banished They will have the chip removed that allows them to function as a citizen of this country and be put on a raft out to sea I loved the first two thirds of this book it is told from Joseph s POV and I loved knowing his thoughts as he began his duty on the Wall I loved learning the rules and rationale seeing how life on the Wall was Mr Lanchester described the extreme cold in such detail that I kept wanting to grab a blanket whilst reading though I didn t really need one And how I LOVED reading about that cold especially every time I was in the middle of a dreaded hot flash However some things didn t make much sense I didn t understand why punishment for an Other getting over the Wall was banishment Why not just extend one s time as Defender We are told that there are a shortage of people to defend the wall thus the reuired 2 year stint of all citizens except those who agree to breed because then they will be creating future Defenders So if you agree to have a bunch of heterosexual sex and pop out a baby or two then you can get off the Wall You would think ALL the young people who are straight or even bi would sign up for that but no They are angry at their own parents for bringing them into this ruined world and do not want to do that to another human being The powers that be are worried about there not being enough people to defend the wall so why don t they just allow some people Others to become citizens And why use banishment as a punishment That makes no sense but since it s a novel it doesn t really have to though it s better when it doesThe first two thirds of this book 5 stars Then we get to the final third and it just petered out I felt like the author got bored writing the book and looked for a uick way to end it As such I found the ending unsatisfactory Perhaps that s just me though and others ha ha will like the ending It s a good story for the most part and one to make us think about who Others really are Instead of hating and fearing those we perceive as different we should instead recognise our common humanity and feel compassion for those seeking refuge or a better life

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review The Wall characters Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John Lanchester John Lanchester ↠ 0 read S to fulfill his duties to his demanding Captain and Sergeant even as he grows closer to his fellow Defenders A dark part of him wonders whether it would be interesting if something did happen if they came if he had to fight for his life. Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestTHE WALL by John Lanchester falls into a genre that I call unapologetic lad lit It s written for men and doesn t really make any secret about it the manly man protagonist plows his way through the story with his testosterone charged mediocrity and all of the women who should be out of his league but aren t end up falling for his oh so average charms There s also war too of course I definitely got a STARSHIP TROOPERS vibe from this book with a bit of Cormac McCarthy s THE ROAD It s war with the meandering pace of McCarthy although without McCarthy s aversion to punctuation thank God and about the ops elements than high octane battle scenes drenched in derring do and copious amounts of alien bloodIt was in a word boringI think THE WALL could have been a good book My impression of THE WALL is that it is set in a post apocalyptic future where the sea levels have risen dangerously and there might be a Nuclear winter wasn t sure why it was so cold where the hero was if it was hot enough to met the seas this aspect of the book wasn t explained super well Resources are scarce so this knock off group of Black Watch soldiers man the wall and keep out The OthersIt seems easy enough but it isn t Because people are desperate and when people are desperate they do ugly things Joseph Kavanagh poor choice of last name imo is the newest recruit to the Wall He bonds with his team and learns the way things run and most importantly he learns how to attack and defend against the Others who want to get over the wall and kill them all But then he learns that as with any government not everything you think know about the current situation is truthTHE WALL s biggest weakness is that it doesn t feel like a fully developed story Is it political commentary against the current president of the US and his dreams of a border wall Is it a treatise on the importance of stopping global warming and preventing water and resource wars Is it just supposed to be a dystopian fiction work of militaristic lad lit to be consumed and enjoyed and hopefully turned into a movie one day with actors who used to be in B movie action films This was not clear and that lack of clarity really sank the book for me and caused the storyline to sufferOverall this wasn t really for me I read a lot of science fiction old and new and this was not something that stood out to me in any way It actually reminded me a lot of a book I read called SOFT APOCALYPSE which had lofty ideas but didn t know how to execute them Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 2 stars

  • Hardcover
  • 254
  • The Wall
  • John Lanchester
  • English
  • 13 October 2018
  • 9781324001638