This book is possibly not one that I would have chosen for myself. However, I have to say I did enjoy it.
I liked all the various characters (although somewhat stereotypical), and enjoyed how the characters lives interlinked in some way. I found the crash course in finance slightly difficult to follow in parts and I thought the discussion about Islam interesting and made me realise how little I actually know about it. I thought the character of Veals particularly odious, although I could quite easily imagine this type of person being alive and working in the financial market. On the downside, I thought the novel anti-climatic. I was waiting for some great event to happen at the end that would transform the world that the 7 characters lived in. But then again, maybe that is the point of modern living, that there is no satisfactory ending.
A little too focused on the financial crisis of recent years for my liking. It had great promise but I don't think it really delivered in the end. Worth a read though and I have Birdsong on my shelf which I may now try and read too.
Book Club average score: 4/10