A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks

By Sebastian Faulks

A robust modern novel set in London from a grasp of literary fiction.

London, the week sooner than Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we stick with the lives of 7 significant characters: a hedge fund supervisor attempting to carry off the largest exchange of his profession; a certified footballer lately arrived from Poland; a tender legal professional with little paintings and an excessive amount of time to invest; a pupil who has been led off target by way of Islamist idea; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy addicted to skunk and truth television; and a Tube teach driving force whose Circle Line educate joins those and numerous different lives jointly in an everyday loop.

With bold ability, the radical items jointly the advanced styles and crossings of recent city existence. Greed, the dehumanising results of the digital age and the fragmentation of society are many of the topics handled during this savagely funny e-book. The writing at the wall seems to be in letters ten toes excessive, however the characters refuse to determine it — and social gathering on as if the next day is a dream.

Sebastian Faulks probes not just the self-deceptions of this intensely realised team of individuals, yet their hopes and loves in addition. because the novel strikes to its gripping climax, they're pressured, one after the other, to confront the genuine nature of the area they inhabit.

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And the blackest color is behind your eyes. I will never make a map of anything. 27 I will never stop making lifesize maps of the holding cell you make for me in your bad hopes. I was eating some cereal and one of the marshmallows stuck to my lip and then it fell off and went beneath the couch and I am not going to look for it I think I am going to leave it there alongside the muscles I use to hold up my eyelids yeah man. Fail in public like a petty motherfucker champion. Fail and let it make you hard.

When there’s nothing left to say I will go to sleep and you will never hear from me again. The moment I have gained some importance in your life I will be gone—that’s natural. Yesterday I saw a squirrel run out into the street and a car ran it over. The squirrel kind of tried to run away but just fell down. Then the squirrel twitched once, like it was doing a sit-up. Then it was still. I’m glad I saw that because otherwise I would’ve had nothing 30 to think about while I was sitting on the train this morning, waiting to twitch once, then be still.

More of my time is spent thinking about how I could die at any moment rather than setting goals and achieving those goals. And my goal is to be found in someone’s pool. Being dead will be the easiest thing I do. I am not accomplishing anything—my feet are shovels and all my sperm are tailless. Is good feeling. 17 THE NAP At the grocery store today I saw a very huge woman on a motorized vehicle. There were kids running circles around her. When I got outside with my groceries there was snow falling and I knew the snow was disappearing when it hit the ground.

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