Today on Love Books Group Blog, we are on the #LoveBooksGroupTour for Billionaire’s Banquet by Ron Butlin. We have a guest book review from our voice from the Borders, J.A Warnock.
- Literary Fiction
The Herald 2017 Books of the Year
1985, Edinburgh. Thatcher’s policies are biting deep – fat cats and street-kids, lovers, losers and the rest struggle to survive. Hume sets up a business catering for the rich and their ever-growing appetites. But by the new millennium, these appetites have become too demanding . . .
Powerful, challenging and very funny, Billionaires’ Banquet is an immorality tale for the 21st century.
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‘Billionaires’ Banquet’ by Ron Butlin was my travel companion this week when Scotland’s delightful weather (I will be polite!) slightly disrupted my plans. I could not have asked for better airport entertainment. It is not exactly deep and meaning full but neither is it superficial; it does have something to say. Butlin manages to be sufficiently opaque in places to make the reader join the dots and pay attention whilst being easily readable so I didn’t miss the twenty-nine announcements telling me my flight was delayed. I would also call it a serious page-turner. Less in the “Oh my God, I need to know how this turns out” sort of way. Something more along the lines of “Where the hell is this going…?” which is an ironic thing to be wondering when you are stuck in an airport going absolutely nowhere. Seriously though, I can’t remember the last time I read a book and even halfway through didn’t have the faintest idea where we were going to end up. ‘Billionaires’ Banquet’ is a book about life and twists, turns, jumps and collapses in all the ways life should. His characters are of their time and if they come across as caricatures it is because they somehow deserve it. The perspective jumps from character to character with dizzying frequency giving both central and peripheral players their own insights. Tragedy is wrapped in humour, morality is questionable and success becomes an entirely relative concept. A refreshing read which I would certainly recommend.
By J.A Warnock for Love Books Group
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