Anglia, Anglia Julian Barnes

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Anglia, Anglia  by  Julian Barnes

Anglia, Anglia by Julian Barnes
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Imagine being able to visit England--all of England--in a single weekend. Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Stonehenge and Hadrians Wall, Harrods, Manchester United Football Club, the Tower of London, and even the Royal Family all within easyMoreImagine being able to visit England--all of England--in a single weekend. Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Stonehenge and Hadrians Wall, Harrods, Manchester United Football Club, the Tower of London, and even the Royal Family all within easy distance of the each other, accessible, and, best of all, each one living up to an idealized version of itself.

This fantasy Britain is the very real (and some would say very cynical) vision of Sir Jack Pitman, a monumentally egomaniacal mogul with a more than passing resemblance to modern-day buccaneers Sir Rupert Murdoch or Robert Maxwell: We are not talking theme park, he began. We are not talking heritage centre. We are not talking Disneyland, Worlds Fair, Festival of Britain, Legoland or Parc Asterix. No indeed- Sir Jack proposes nothing less than to offer the thing itself, a re-creation of everything that adds up to England in the hearts and minds of tourists looking for an authentic experience.

But where to locate such an enterprise?Soon the perfect whatsit is found: the Isle of Wight- and a small army of Sir Jacks forces are sent to lay siege to it. Swept up in the mayhem are Martha Cochrane, a thirtysomething consultant teetering on the verge of embittered middle age, and Paul Harrison, a younger man looking for an anchor in the world. The two first find each other, then trip over a skeleton in Sir Jacks closet that might prove useful to their careers but disastrous to their relationship.

In the course of constructing this mad package-tour dystopia, Julian Barnes has a terrific time skewering postmodernism, the British, the press, the government, celebrity, and big business. At the same time his very funny novel offers a provocative meditation on the nature of identity, both individual and national, as the lines between the replica and the thing itself begin to blur.

Readers of Barnes have learned to expect the unexpected, and once again he more than lives up to the promise in England, England. But then, that was only to be expected. --Alix Wilber



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