The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

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The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

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John Boyne's novel is a social satire that lambasts the social media frenzy and the damage it causes. Boyne comments on good writing: Well, (according to cleverley beverley in conversation with her ghost) a novel must have good sentences that gather together to make fascinating paragraphs . Having only read one of his others, I would hope Boyne will continue to use his unbridled sense of humor in the future! I can’t hear it in my head without hearing the quick drumbeat, the sting, that’s played after the punchline of a joke. However, other scenes that maybe others find funny I just think seem weird, sometimes puerile and leaves me cold as it waffles and goes into mad rambles of the kind made famous by a certain orange man and all they do is make me cringe.

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. To describe them as narcissistic, self obsessed bigots and blinkered, blind and inattentive to each other is an understatement. Along the way they will learn how volatile, how outraged, how unforgiving the world can be when you step from the prescribed path.There are great, laugh-aloud moments of social satire, but the characters are unsympathetic, and the book is too long and becomes repetitive. However, I commend JB for taking on these issues as he is no stranger to tackling institutional abuse and social misconduct.

He does touch lots of important topics and I do think that it is a great read, but I’m absolutely sure that this book will not please the majority of readers. I'm a long-time John Boyne fan, and I thought I could follow him into a satire, having enjoyed his sense of humour in previous books, but this one was just way too farcical for me.JB has a really remarkable track record for nuanced characters and writing, but this is an over-the-top rant. Their children are Nelson, an anxious fantasist, Elizabeth, who is obsessed with finding social media fame, and Achilles, who while still at school has used his charm to lucrative effect as a blackmailer. I like funny books and humor is always a good thing to have in a book but when it is overly satirical, I tend to enjoy it less which I thought would be the case with this book. The first question I asked myself when I first heard the title The Echo Chamber is what does it mean?

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