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The Rotters' Club By Jonathan Coe The Rotters Club Birmingham England c industrial strikes bad pop music corrosive class warfare adolescent angst IRA bombings Four friends a class clown who stoops very low for a laugh a confused artist enth

  • Title: The Rotters' Club
  • Author: Jonathan Coe
  • ISBN: 9780375713125
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Rotters' Club By Jonathan Coe Birmingham, England, c 1973 industrial strikes, bad pop music, corrosive class warfare, adolescent angst, IRA bombings Four friends a class clown who stoops very low for a laugh a confused artist enthralled by guitar rock an earnest radical with socialist leanings and a quiet dreamer obsessed with poetry, God, and the prettiest girl in school As the world appears tBirmingham, England, c 1973 industrial strikes, bad pop music, corrosive class warfare, adolescent angst, IRA bombings Four friends a class clown who stoops very low for a laugh a confused artist enthralled by guitar rock an earnest radical with socialist leanings and a quiet dreamer obsessed with poetry, God, and the prettiest girl in school As the world appears to self destruct around them, they hold together to navigate the choppy waters of a decidedly ambiguous decade.
    The Rotters' Club By Jonathan Coe

    The Rotters Club TV Mini Series Jan , With Geoffrey Breton, Kevin Doyle, Rebecca Front, Alice O Connell Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Coe about three friends growing up in The Rotters Club Coe, Jonathan The Rotter s Club is a great rollercoaster ride of emotions, full of moving moments and great humor. The Rotters Club novel The Rotters Club album The Rotters Club by Jonathan Coe, Paperback Barnes Noble Feb , About the Author Jonathan Coe has received the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the Prix Mdicis Etranger, and, for The Rotters Club, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for the most original comic writing He lives in London.

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    1. Anna on said:

      1970 , , 70, , , , , , Coe 1975 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , c est la vie , 80 90 , , .

    2. Chris_P on said:

      It was the world, the world itself that was beyond his reach, this whole absurdly vast, complex, random, measureless construct, this never ending ebb and flow of human relations, political relations, cultures, histories How could anyone hope to master such things It was not like music Music always made sense The music he heard that night was lucid, knowable, full of intelligence and humour, wistfulness and energy and hope He would never understand the world, but he would always love this music H [...]

    3. Vit Babenco on said:

      Telling his controversially romantic story Jonathan Coe is at the same time most ironic and nostalgic.When we grow up it seems to us that we live in the best of times But reality may be quite different And the middle of the seventies was the time of stagnation They sat and drank their pints The tables in which their faces were dimly reflected were dark brown, the darkest brown, the colour of Bournville chocolate The walls were a lighter brown, the colour of Dairy Milk The carpet was brown, with [...]

    4. Homer on said:

      , , , 70, , , , , , , , view spoiler fish and chips, 19 , hide spoiler , , , , .

    5. Taylor on said:

      Much to my delight, this held up very strong on the second read Before I re read it, I browsed through some of the reviews others had written on this site, and it made me nervous maybe I just loved this book so much because I was young and it s about youth, so I just connected to it out of a common vim and vigor.Not the case.Not only did I love it the second time around, I think I liked it even .As much as I don t like to compare authors so much, I can t help but describe this as Rushdie meets M [...]

    6. Eleni on said:

      Great guy wishes groovy chick to write, into Tull, Pink Floyd, 17 28 Wanted girl friend, any age, but 4 ft 10 in or under, all letters answered Guy, 18, cat lover, seeks London chick, into Sabbath Only Freaks please Freaky Guy 20 wants crazy chick 16 for love Into Quo and Zep Leeds boy with scooter, looks OK, seeks girlfriend 17 21 for discos, concerts Photo appreciated Note the above are quotations from genuine lonely hearts advertisements in Sounds 1973 Why the hell had I not read any of Jonat [...]

    7. Ophelinha on said:

      My second reading of The Rotters club has made me notice so many little things I had somehow missed the first time round This is Coe at his sharpest, unveiling inconvenient sides of England the elitism, the socialStratification, the racism, the destruction of welfare state under Thatcher, the war conducted against trade unions the dark side of a country I have come to love so much, told by characters who stick with the reader long after the novel has been finished and put back in the shelf More [...]

    8. Nasia on said:

      One thing is certain I thoroughly enjoy reading everything written by Coe, his prose is to the point, cynical and very very British I learned quite a lot about Britain in the 70 s and I absolutely loved the longest English sentence, comprising of 13,955 words.

    9. Jackie Molloy on said:

      The Trotter family, Mum Sheila, Dad Colin children Ben going to King William s , Lois working and Paul still at school, are the central group who see new people come and go through the years as they work, play, study and fight Ben s friends Philip Chase and Dougie Anderton are at the same school so depending upon their particular likes and dislikes, get involved with the music scene often quoting the NME New Musical Express , the school magazine, the fights, the way life moves and bends them, th [...]

    10. Justin Evans on said:

      This gave me almost everything I want What do I want from a novel I want it funny but sincere hard nosed but sentimental readable but formally interesting restrained but also balls to the wall Ideally it ll be concerned with social events while grounding them in personal lives RC isn t laugh out loud funny, but it s pretty funny I felt a bit bad laughing at people who get excited at the culinary possibilities of sour cream and sometimes Coe takes too many cheap shots of the boy the seventies sur [...]

    11. Paolo on said:

      Il club dei rotter il titolo originale, preso in prestito da una canzone, un gioco di parole con il cognome della famiglia del protagonista principale del romanzo, Benjamin Trotter lascia soddisfatti a met Forse perch il libro di fatto un incompiuto, separato artificialmente dal suo seguito naturale pubblicato poi in Circolo chiuso , ma il sapore che resta al termine della lettura copre, fino quasi a sfumarlo, il gusto di aver assistito a un maestoso, cupo affresco dell Inghilterra degli anni se [...]

    12. Tahira on said:

      It took me at least 100 pages to finally settle into The Rotter s Club It certainly does not fit the kind of profile of book that I tend to read, but I was feeling a little uninspired and this book was recommended to me.It was hard to keep track of the layered plot lines initially, but I eventually got a hold of them I also felt as though I would have been better equipped had I known about Britain during the 1970s But there was something charming about a lot of the characters, perhaps because e [...]

    13. Neil Fox on said:

      In physical years, the 1970 s are closer to the end of WW2 than they are to where we sit today in 2017 But as a State of mind, the 70 s seem light years away, an anomaly of a Decade or a unique State of Mind that was very different to the Swinging 60 s preceeding it or the 80 s that came after For myself and my contemporaries now in our late 40 s, the 70 s inhabit a dusty, murky corner of Childhood memory, and for friends of mine in their 50 s they define an adolescence with a context that was m [...]

    14. Philtrum on said:

      It s something of a mystery to me how I missed this book for so many years It was published in 2001 but I didn t get around to reading it until 2013.I had been aware of it, vaguely Had I know what it was about, I m sure I would have read it much sooner.Why Well, aside from the fact I couldn t have written it not having the necessary literary skills it might have been about my life.The story concerns a group of four boys who attend a public private school in Birmingham UK in the 1970s, and the na [...]

    15. Elisa on said:

      I feel bad about giving this 2 stars, because I love the way Jonathan Coe writes But unfortunately I only made it to the three quarters mark before I decided not to continue It s not a bad story, but it s so slow I just got too bored If it was a quarter of the length, I d probably give it 4 stars It doesn t help that I m not interested in politics either, this being a major part of the story I mainly like the way he writes about relationships and interactions, but affair after affair begins to g [...]

    16. Simona on said:

      Penso che il titolo originale The closed circle sia maggiormente indicativo per questa opera di Coe The closed circle o La banda dei brocchi un circolo al quale si ha quasi paura di accedere, paura di disturbare, perch non sai se sarai accolto Ora, su, si disse il padre di Philip, questa la devi sapere Asino, no Cinque lettere Brocchi Beh, c entra ma non comincia con R I brocchi non ce la fanno Sono di razza inferiore.La banda dei brocchi non altro che un quartetto di amici che affrontano le pro [...]

    17. Luc Sponger on said:

      Alleen al het laatste hoofdstuk van een razend puberbrein maakt dit origineel vertelde verhaal de moeite van het lezen waard In het grauwe Engeland van de jaren 70 en begin 80 van de vorige eeuw , tegen een achtergrond van stakingen , de IRA ,racisme en opkomende punkmuziek volgen we een groep middelbare scholieren in Birmingham Rauw , grappig en soms hartverscheurend melancholisch wordt niet alleen knap een tijdsbeeld geschetst maar ook fraai een verhaal verteld van de verwarring en onzekerheid [...]

    18. Margherita Bruscolini on said:

      Comico e profondo allo stesso tempo, ho adorato i personaggi e il mondo in cui sono inseriti In particolare, gli aggettivi utilizzati e il registro linguistico generale risultano perfetti per il tipo di storia raccontata Molto bello

    19. T4ncr3d1 on said:

      Istintivamente ci voltammo tutti verso la finestra e guardammo fuori, verso la spiaggia, e adesso quando ripenso a quel pomeriggio il mio ricordo pi nitido la luce che vedemmo, quel cielo da pittori, grigioazzurro come gli occhi di Marie e dei suoi nipoti, il colore di un dolore che non se ne andr mai.E proprio vero La banda dei Brocchi ha fatto per gli anni Settanta ci che La famiglia Winshaw aveva fatto per gli anni Ottanta un ricchissimo spaccato di societ e vita inglese durante un decennio c [...]

    20. Germano Dalcielo on said:

      Ho comprato questo libro sulla scia delle recensioni entusiastiche che si trovano online, ma, ahim , gi dalle prime 25 pagine volevo lanciare il libro dalla finestra Si viene catapultati nell Inghilterra degli anni 70 in un contesto storico sociale che per un lettore non anglofono non facile inquadrare o ricostruire su due piedi, per non parlare del pallottoliere umano di cui si rinuncia in partenza a fissare parentele, amicizie, legami di sangue o relazioni sentimentali Si prosegue nella lettur [...]

    21. Paul The Uncommon Reader on said:

      My worldAh, this is an easy review to write I loved this book for entirely selfish and ego centric reasons it was written by a man of my nationality, age and social class It is set in his my teenage years, and its references, events, feel and whole approach is so close to my own, that every few pages I felt I was back there, a teenager in 1976 whose life centre consisted of pretentious prog rock bands, strange encounters with utterly non world changing things like girls and personal religion but [...]

    22. mrs rin on said:

      view spoiler 1970 , , , , bullying, , and the list goes on and on , , , , , , , , , , hide spoiler 2016

    23. Sera on said:

      I had read The Rain Before It Falls and the House of Sleep by the same writer before I loved those two books as well but they are definitely not as good as the Rotters Club I am even going to say nothing than nice reads when they are compared to this one As one of those impressing novels which is both hilarious and touching at the same time with all those bittersweet moments of characters, The Rotters Club is than an average coming of age story The political background and 70s in the UK have v [...]

    24. Jane on said:

      A very well written, witty novel Set in Birmingham in the 70 s in the midst of industrial action, IRA bombings, a political time and later on the punk rock era The story is set in a boy s grammar school very much like the one my husband attended on the other side of Birmingham Viewed by labour voters, socialists and communists as elite, only attainable by an entrance exam You feel the competitiveness to achieve in academic studies and sports It is very easy to imagine school bullies looking for [...]

    25. Valentina on said:

      3.5Ecco la recensione della mia prima lettura del 2017 La banda dei brocchi segue le vicissitudini di un gruppo di ragazzi che frequentano il King Williams, una scuola d lite di Birmingham, negli anni 70 e delle loro rispettive famiglie nel clima politico del tempo.Nonostante sia stata una lettura molto piacevole e a tratti divertente, per certi aspetti ricorda molto Nick Hornby, mi ha lasciata insoddisfatta Avevo sentito parlare molto bene di questo libro, soprattutto per la sua capacit di cala [...]

    26. Lee Foust on said:

      The phrase that jumps to mind, critically, as I sit to compose a response to this novel is Jack of all trades, master of none The Rotter s Club does many things pretty well smooth read, engrossing enough plot, interesting enough characters, fine evocation of time period 1970s and place Birmingham , political social commentary observation on class and race in that place and time so pivotal, in retrospect, to those of us of that generation, in forming today s horror show I also personally loved th [...]

    27. Jim on said:

      This reminded me of The Secret Lemonade Drinker , but this book had greater depth or is that true, when Bellamy s novel has stuck in my memory for such a long time A novel like this just usually doesn t appeal to me, and normally I d be asking What s the point by page five What s the point of creating vaguely comic fiction over vaguely interesting characters set in a vaguely interesting time But the novel drew me in with its easy style, likeable characters and occasional strong narrative, like t [...]

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