A group of hapless broke young people, struggling to get a break in life on the run-up to Brexit & Trump, collide with their well-heeled elders (who really ought to know better), at a notorious 'party' (yes we all know what that means) in a mysterious mansion one rainy night in London. Enter: quixotic well-intentioned soak, Carnaval, who reels amiably between the two generations and complicates things to comical and touching effect. A gentle closely observed tale populated with a rogue's gallery of memorable characters and a stand-out performance by London itself. A shot across the bows: a comedy of manners and a timely coming-of-age satire. Mind the Generation Gap!
The younger and the older generation. They both have their own side to explain and depend. A very interesting audio book to listen to.
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This is an intense story which takes place in England, While sex is mentioned, it is not at all explicit. I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
This is a story about a British dysfunctional family and their colleagues. Appearances, power, and money rule. This is not a book to have on in the background because you will miss important details. The story builds slowly and deliberately. A very intriguing tale is told where the power and money transfers from the haves to the have nots. A very satisfying listen!
For Anyone who has not been at least exposed to British culture through television, books etc. this book may be a little strange or difficult to immerse one's self in. This is further not helped by the fact that the narrator is both slow in his reading pace and over-long in his pauses. Not that these things are by themselves bad, or even taken as a whole. It is simply that for myself I found that for this audiobook, I found that I had to uncharacteristically go back and re-listen to a part that my brain had tuned out or skipped over.
Once you can adjust yourself to the pacing, you'll find the story. This story cleverly hides a mystery which hides yet even more story behind it. From the beginning, and for most of the book the audience is introduced to many different characters, then they are given great detail on each character, how that character relates to other characters and why they are the way that they are. After that, the Mystery, that had only been foreshadowed in small statements or remembrances shows how each of the characters choose to deal with the unusual situations that the Mystery causes each of them. Ultimately those choices reveal even to the characters themselves, many truths that were previously buried. Carnaval is certainly a dizzying ride.
A view of how two different generations see this...the twenty-something who is never happy and always broke and the fifty-something who isn't broke but allows his daughter to twist him about...interesting story
Would you listen to Carnaval: A Wry Contemporary Mystery again? Why?
Yes to remind me of growing to adulthood in a Great City
What other book might you compare Carnaval: A Wry Contemporary Mystery to, and why?
Catcher in the Rye
What does Matt Milne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Calm, concentration and feeling for the characters
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
London Post Crash Pre Brexit and Trump
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Easiest way to understand London as it is today