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Capital

Lu par : Colin Mace
Durée : 17 h et 30 min

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Pepys Road: an ordinary street in the Capital. Each house has seen its fair share of first steps and last breaths, and plenty of laughter in between. Today, through each letterbox along this ordinary street drops a card with a simple message: We Want What You Have. Following the residents of Pepys Road, Capital features a cast of characters that you will be sad to leave behind.

©2012 John Lanchester (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Kate
  • 25/10/2017

Long story with a quick unexpected end.

Quite like the story. Petunia is my favourite character. To me the story is not capturing enough, but thoughtful. The narrator did a great job!

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  • Hilary
  • 28/01/2014

Wonderful slice of London life

The inhabitants of Pepys Road, in a London suburb, come from wide ranging cultural backgrounds and have with a variety of occupations, interests and plans for the future. The story is set in 2007-8 when the global financial crisis will affect them all in different ways.

We meet a rich young banker and his spoilt wife, a Pakistani shopkeeper and members of his family, an aging widow and her grandson, and a young Senegalese soccer star here with his father and minder. Through these characters we come to follow several others who touch their lives such as a nanny, a builder and the local traffic warden. Pepys Road itself and the people who come and go there are representative of London in all its glorious diversity.

The individual dramas in the lives of the residents are played out, while the overall story is held together by the mystery of the letter cards “We Want What You Have” as they appear. The clear detailed descriptions writing help you picture Pepys Road, the workplaces and the people. John Lanchester's understanding of so many different characters and his skill of sharing that understanding with us in natural, seemingly effortless writing is first rate.

There is thoughtful perception in the ability to think as Petunia in her eighties, or how Patrick and Freddy cope with living in UK, or the process as Zbigniew, the builder wrestles with his problems. The trepidation of the whole family awaiting the arrival of their matriarch, Mrs Kamal Snr, is humourous perfection. There are so many marvellous characters here, some you will love, some to make you laugh, some you may dislike intensely. Colin Mace narrates clearly and smoothly so the story flows and each character comes to life in your imagination.

You may run through a wide range of emotions in this book, not everything can end happily, but it is hard to stop listening until the realistic and satisfying conclusion. Capital is now a firm favourite for me and I highly recommend it, hoping many others here will share the enjoyment.

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  • MTS
  • 22/12/2015

Tolles Buch, gut gesprochen!

Das Buch hat mir in seiner Vielschichtigkeit und seinem Humor in kleinen Dingen sehr gut gefallen. Es zeichnet ein realistisches Bild der Gesellschaft und lässt die kleinen Geschichten für sich sprechen, ohne zu moralisieren.
Es ist sehr unterhaltsam und von C. Mace ohne Fehl und Tadel gelesen.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 27/10/2016

Geschichte recht interessant Sprecher sehr gut

Die Geschichte wird besser wenn man die Charaktere kennengelernt hat und einen Überblick bekommen hat. Der Sprecher liest sehr gut und macht das ganze fesselnd und unterhaltsam.