The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

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The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

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I understand that Boyne was attempting to put a modern twist on this, speaking of the problematic issues of social media, but this, this was too much to endure.

Highlighting society’s obsession with our online connections and our insatiable need to be liked and followed by strangers, The Echo Chamber is a sardonic and somewhat saucy study of human nature and all its insecurities. The characterisation is the strongest element of the book as all are depicted with sharp and startling clarity but it’s hard to connect with characters that are so revolting although that is entirely the authors point. Here there is no one to love, except maybe Ustym Karmaliuk the tortoise, and yet the author still manages to create believable characters. It’s repeated so often that it gets wearing and I think some swipes are personal to the author rather than in a novel. This is clever humour, heavy on the pop culture and political references, and so in tune with the pulse of society as it is today.The story is told through these wonderful characters with a lot of humour and wit and will leave you smiling. This is highly mischievous, farcical, and fun, and is a great modern satire on the social media obsession of the past 10 or so years. There are plenty of genre authors who have done a much better job of examining the nuances around social media, capturing both the absurdity and the dark, real-world consequences of public intrusion into private grief.

I can't help but notice that those bemoaning it are, generally speaking, people who have had platforms and a certain privilege.

Daughter Elizabeth and her Boyfriend Wilkes are used to showcase virtue-signalling and the ethics of using good deeds for social media likes, Son Achilles is used to demonstrate internet scamming and George's character gets 'cancelled' on social media.

Seems he has drawn on his inner snarkiness to give us a tale about the ridiculous of our social media addicted society.Then I would just like to state that I have been a big fan of Boynes previous works and as a result I was VERY excited when I received this copy. In fact, I think not many people would enjoy it as it is a bit courageous for this decade which I think was the whole point here. There are also some wonderfully observed phrases, eg "in her late fifties but with a lot more upholstery and a lot less refurbishment". The plot was literally all over the place, often leaving me feeling dissatisfied, and with every turn of the page, I felt irritation with the stupidity of the characters. This is the darkly satirical story of an utterly dysfunctional family most of whom are addicted to social media.

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