By: Arnott, Jake

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"What's breaking into a bank compared with founding one?" Bertolt Brecht's provocative question opens Jake Arnott's first novel The Long Firm and sets the scene for its memorable exploration of the London underworld at the be ginning of the 1960s. Five very different characters tell their five very d ifferent stories about "Torture Gang Boss" Harry Starks. A man who "liked t o break people" but also a "frightened little child" is how his lover and k ept boy Terry recalls him; a "lower-class tearaway", according to the Tory lord who frequents his erotic parties; a depressive with a diabolical mind, one who likes to "stage manage the fear", in the eyes of his various crimi nal and starlet peers; a product of working-class subculture and a living c ritique of capitalism, concludes the radical young sociologist who teaches him in prison. Harry Starks is the beginning and end of The Long Firm, a co mpelling showman who embodies the brutal realism and impossible dreams at t he heart of Arnott's vision of London low life. The glamour and corruption of that life drive this story but Arnott manages to weave cliche into enigm a, myth into inquiry, in a way that revitalises the well-worn images of the mad and the bad. As Starks would put it, keeping Brecht's question before the readers' eyes, "It's all about the economy of power, Lenny"


Author Name: Arnott, Jake

Categories: General Fiction,

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General D.: 2000

ISBN Number: 0340748788

ISBN Number 13: 9780340748787

Binding: Trade Paperbac

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000003403