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Description: Before the Fall : Paperback : Hodder & Stoughton : 9781444779776 : : 06 Apr 2017 : From the creator of the award winning FARGO and LEGION TV series comes the stunning thriller that critics are calling '[a] literary thriller of the highest quality' (Daily Mail) and 'an unequivocally excellent book' (Literary Review). The Book Depository Before the Fall by Noah Hawley - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: Newbie2012

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Review: This kept me reading, right from beginning to the end. Would like read more from Noah Hawley. What's next ?

 

Author: Mr Grumpy

Rating: 3

Review: For anyone who loved both seasons of Fargo, there is the risk that discovering Noah Hawley's fiction will be a letdown. I'd go out of my way to watch his next TV project, but this novel lacks both the originality and the skilful crafting of his tv work. [SPOILER WARNING from hereon] Its strong points are that it's a genuine page-turner, as the central mystery of what led to the crash is very gradually revealed. It also taps into some key elements of general interest for its likely audience - the emergence of the super-wealthy class, the politicisation of 24 hour news channels, and the perils and problems of middle age. While these are enough to keep the reader engaged, the novel sadly doesn't have anything very interesting to say, as by the time we reach the rather lacklustre ending, it's clear that the main rightwing character in the story is a monster, that the Fox-type channel is wrong on all counts, and that our hero, despite all his grizzled flaws, really is as much of a hero as the protagonist of any other airport thriller. Mr Hawley chooses some very easy targets, and doesn't let any of them surprise us. Hawley's success in other fields might have got him the good editor he needed, or it might have exempted him from editing. Sadly it feels like the latter was what happened. The attempts to alternate perspective are jarring, with some characters unable to support the weight of their allotted chapter of individual focus - the Israeli bodyguard is especially underdeveloped. Although the book is in part an attack on sexist attitudes, the female roles in the likely movie will not be particularly interesting or challenging. Brief shifts into historical detail (Jack Lalanne and the Montauk monster) are bluntly inserted into the narrative. The prose style is efficient enough for plot development, but not subtle enough to develop some of the deeper themes that are attempted. Finally, a book analysing the impact of the news media on modern life is remarkably uncurious and unreflective about how the scenario it sets up would play out in reality: the lead character, having survived an incident that would be on all national media, is extraordinary not only in his skill at avoiding the media, but also in avoiding almost anyone (except the implausibly helpful crash investigator) giving him any sensible advice at any point about how to deal with that until the last few pages of the book. No local mayor or politician or colleague of the deceased executive takes the chance, which they would surely seize on, to be his friend or offer advice. And yet, for all his naivete, and unsuitedness, when he does finally decide to take on the power of the media - well, yes, you guessed it. There were two potentially interesting books here - the most prominent a pacy contemporary thriller with a touch of satire, the second a more reflective exploration of the values of the baby boomers and in particular of the connections between wealth, state power and news. What we have is an early draft which should have become one or the other, but sits awkwardly between the two. Nonetheless there is enough skill in the telling, and in particular in the plotting, to ensure most readers make it to the finish.

 

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