The Wall

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Faber & Faber, Limited, Jan 17, 2019 - Dystopian fiction - 320 pages
Ravaged by the Change, an island nation in a time very like our own has built the Wall--an enormous concrete barrier around its entire border. Joseph Kavanagh, a new Defender, has one task: to protect his section of the Wall from the Others, the desperate souls who are trapped amid the rising seas outside and attack constantly. Failure will result in death or a fate perhaps worse: being put to sea and made an Other himself. Beset by cold, loneliness, and fear, Kavanagh tries to fulfill his duties to his demanding Captain and Sergeant, even as he grows closer to his fellow Defenders. And then the Others attack ...

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This book is not exactly challenging, but it does make for a good, solid read. The dystopia genre is one I am drawn to, but one that I have not read many great literary examples from. Although this ... Read full review

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I do not praise anyone over Allah. Among those Longlisted for the 2019 Booker I think this to be monotonous. I think it to be and Allah is the ultimate judge. Read full review

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About the author (2019)

John Lanchester is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He has written four novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips, Fragrant Harbour and Capital, and three works of non-fiction: Family Romance, a memoir; and Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, about the global financial crisis and How to Speak Money, a primer in popular economics. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Prize, E.M Forster Award, and the Premi Llibreter, been longlisted for the Booker Prize, and been translated into twenty-five languages.

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