The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

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The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

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George Cleverley, his wife Beverley, son Nelson, daughter Elizabeth, and son Achilles were a comfortable family as the kids were growing up. Furthermore copies are now scared of these people so when someone voices an opinion that is ‘wrong’ that person may be out of a job as that company does not want their reputation tarnished. But George cannot stop expressing his views and, with mistake number three, he goes one step too far, referring to other sections of society in a-less-than PC manner. Elizabeth dreams of being an influencer possessing THAT longed-for blue tick and is prepared to go to any lengths to fulfil her ambition. They’re connected in more than just a familial way, - and it will result in their downfall, they just don’t know it yet, which results in hilarious secrets being revealed, and boy it makes for a fascinating and fun read.

To conclude my ramblings, this novel will appeal to some people more than others, depending on where you find yourself on the woke/outrage scale. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been adapted for cinema, theatre, ballet and opera. It’s another of his books that will almost certainly divide opinion but I for one thoroughly enjoyed it. We get a satirical story that confronts all those contemporary scenarios with witty consequences to an array of dislikeable characters.

I had no idea how a tortoise would fit into the plot and guessed the cover picture was metaphorical but I was wrong, as becomes clear in the first few chapters. John Boyne is one of my favourite contemporary authors, and I know I’m biased from the outset, but he has been that good to warrant it. He's from Ukraine and as the book opens he is going home to a funeral for his dad and leaving Beverly at the airport. Thanks to great reviewers, especially the one written by Peter, I was able to read this book in full and I’m glad I did.

Echo chambers can create misinformation and distort a person’s perspective so they have difficulty considering opposing viewpoints and discussing complicated topics. I've read a few Boyne books, and with all of those I found that the characters are always well fleshed-out, interesting and even rather relatable, but in this book, I disliked every single one of them. They try to navigate the online world of political correctness, trying to boost their followers and fame. It’s just the sort of book that I thought I’d hate, and yet I kept picking it up and reading a little more and before long I’d ploughed my way through most of it. The tangled mess they get in series to show how far we have as a society, fallen into the trap of instantaneous gratification and how ridiculous and extreme it has become.

If you’re at all oversensitive about your phone usage and/or your social media interactions, this is not the novel for you. I liked this, a lot, the representation of their unravelling as a family unit as more social media platforms became available. and i know that its unlikely to love everything an author has written, so im just going to chalk it up to a personal miss and eagerly wait for JBs next book! What is so funny about being rented permanently brain damaged over night, and for so many losing our jobs, home, partners, life as we knew it? Daughter Elizabeth and her Boyfriend Wilkes are used to showcase virtue-signalling and the ethics of us

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