John Lanchester “Capital”

June 25th, 2012

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John  Lanchester

As the 2008 financial crisis looms, as-yet unseen on the horizon, the characters in John Lanchester‘s novel “Capital” are preoccupied with the lives of plenty they have built for themselves.

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On a street filled with homes worth millions live a banker and his shopping-addicted wife, a teenage soccer phenom, an old woman, a Pakistani famioy, among others. Like an elaborate pointillist (PWAN-till-ist) painting, Lanchester’s book uses the brilliant colors of characterization to render an epic story that is, in fact, very intimate.

But ultimately the question Lanchester raises is, what kind of capital is really the most valuable?

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