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"Probably the best English novelist of his generation." --Nick Hornby
 
"Expo 58 is quite the equal of Greene's 'entertainment' [Our Man in Havana]. The climax...brings the personal and the political into a brilliant and satisfying conclusion...So neatly is Expo 58 constructed that, reaching the final page, the reader's first impulse will be to go back to see exactly how Coe has executed his myriad sleights of hand. This is entertainment of a very high order, and all the more delightful for being grounded in the more bizarre dimensions of reality, the inspiration of all the best fiction." --Robert McCrum, Guardian
 
"A sustained feat of humour, suspense and polemic, full of twists and ironies." --Hilary Mantel, Sunday Times (on What a Carve up!)
 
"Thank goodness for Jonathan Coe, who records what Britain has lost in the past thirty years in his elegiac fiction." --Scotland on Sunday
 
"Please, God...if there's a next life, let me write as well as Jonathan Coe." --Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential
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Expo 58 - Good-looking girls and sinister spies: a naive Englishman at loose in Europe in Jonathan Coe's brilliant comic novelLondon, 1958: unassuming civil servant Thomas Foley is plucked from his desk at the Central Office of Information and sent on a six-month trip to Brussels. His task: to keep an eye on The Brittania, a brand new pub which will form the heart of the British presence at Expo 58 - the biggest World's Fair of the century, and the first to be held since the Second World War.As soon as he arrives at the site, Thomas feels that he has escaped a repressed, backward-looking country and fallen headlong into an era of modernity and optimism. He is equally bewitched by the surreal, gigantic Atomium, which stands at the heart of this brave new world, and by Anneke, the lovely Flemish hostess who meets him off his plane. But Thomas's new-found sense of freedom comes at a price: the Cold War is at its height, the mischievous Belgians have placed the American and Soviet pavilions right next to each other - and why is he being followed everywhere by two mysterious emissaries of the British Secret Service? Expo 58 may represent a glittering future, both for Europe and for Thomas himself, but he will soon be forced to decide where his public and private loyaties really lie.For fans of Jonathan Coe's classic comic bestsellers What a Carve Up! and The Rotters' Club, this hilarious new novel, which is set in the Mad Men period of the mid 50s, will also be loved by readers of Nick Hornby, William Boyd and Ian McEwan.'Coe has huge powers of observation and enormous literary panache' Sunday Times'No one marries formal ingenuity with inclusiveness of tone more elegantly' Time Out'Coe is among the handful of novelists who can tell us something about the temper of our times' Observer'Thank goodness for Jonathan Coe, who records what Britain has lost in the past thirty years in his elegiac fiction' Scotland on SundayJonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. Expo 58 is his tenth novel. The previous nine are all available in Penguin: The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, What a Carve Up! (which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), The House of Sleep (which won the 1998 Prix Medicis Etranger), The Rotters' Club (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse Prize), The Closed Circle, The Rain Before It Falls and The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim. His biography of the novelist B.S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction book of the year. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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"Expo 58" n'est pas le meilleur livre de Jonathan Coe mais l'auteur garde le don de raconter avec intelligence et ironie des histoires qui mettent du baume au cœur.
L'intérêt du livre est également historique car il analyse très bien le vernis optimiste des années 50-60 dans le contexte particulièrement puéril et sordide de la Guerre Froide. On ne peut que sourire de lire certains discours et certaines prédictions quand on regarde l'état de notre monde actuel...
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Un auteur à succès qui se lance dans le genre espionnage, on aurait du en attendre un très bon livre. Hélas on s'ennuie pendant les 3/4 du livre de la petite histoire de Thomas Foley entre son ministère et sa petite femme. Sans intérêt. On espère que ce ne sera qu'une mise en situation mais le livre avance et on attend toujours. A Bruxelles c'est tout aussi navrant. Il faut attendre les dernières pages pour retrouver un peu d'intérêt car on cherche ce que l'auteur a bien pu vouloir dire. Les surprises sont cousues de fils blanc. Monsieur Coe ferait mieux de laisse le genre policier/espionnage à des spécialistes comme Pierre Lemaitre ( et bien d'autres) dont je commence la lecture de "Au revoir, là Haut" après avoir lu plusieurs romans de lui. Je reste surpris de la bonne critique des médias. Commerce oblige.
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Not nearly as brilliant as What a carve up. This said, quite funny and who doesn't enjoy 1950s English language? Good summer read I'd say, old chap.
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Très bon livre à la fois drôle et instructif tout à fait dans l'humour britannique, quand on commence on a envie d'aller plus loin.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Charming, witty anti-spy novel 19 octobre 2014
Par Robert M. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Expo 58 is a charming, refreshing, and breezy take on 1950s Cold War politics and espionage. It's a pretty easy read - refreshingly short actually. The writing is high-quality. The action is very "small" and personal. It is the opposite of your typical Cold War spy thriller, kind of an anti-James Bond novel.

The story is told from the point of view of Thomas Foley, who is a fairly bland middle-aged British suburbanite with a fairly dull life, but who lives inside his own head quite a bit. He wishes his life were more exciting, but he can't seem to escape the fact that he himself is not very exciting. He gets assigned to work at the World's Fair in Belgium, and gets rather inadvertently caught up in international intrigue, without really even knowing it, or knowing his part.

The book is suffused with a marvelous dry British humor. Overall the story is sentimental and mildly sad (as in, you feel sorry for the characters because of the choices they make for the wrong reasons). The characters are well drawn. The characters of Mr Radford and Mr Wayne and Mr Wilkins, the "secret agent" types, are quite silly. I rather laughed out loud when Mr Foley begins reading Ian Fleming's novels as he feels he's being drawn into the cloak-and-dagger world of espionage, and of course his experiences turn out to be rather the opposite of Mr Bond's.

The author does a good job of capturing how I, as an American, imagine the British of the 1950s. Little phrases like "a rum do" and characters calling each other "old man". Everybody is perpetually self-effacing and understated. Pots of tea and goldfish ponds with bronze statues and suburbs called Tooting and gripe water and packages of crisps with little sachets of salt. I think this would make a good art house movie.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Amusing reconstruction of half-forgotten era 12 septembre 2014
Par Alan A. Elsner - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This novel recreates an event that few British people remember and few Americans even know about - the Expo 58 international show in Brussels in 1958.

Thomas is a paper-pushing clerk in the British government information office stuck in a lower middle-class lifestyle with a loveless marriage and a colicky baby. He is plucked from the ranks of the bureaucracy to oversea a typical English pub which is part of the British exhibit at the Brussels show. The author has done impeccable research to ensure that all the details of this forgotten event are accurate, down to the buildings erected by the various nations, their furnishings and some of the more interesting exhibits.

Thomas leaves his family behind for six months and is soon thrust into an more exciting world peopled by the attractive Belgian hostess Anneke who takes a shine to him and the mysterious Soviet journalist Alexei who may be a KGB agent. Two British spooks, played strictly for comic effect, are also interested in Thomas' doings. He is soon entangled in a complicated plot to prevent the defection of a beautiful American girl to the Soviet Unions, although all is not what it appears to be.

The book brilliantly captures the particularly dull, insularity of Britain in this time, still clinging to the illusion of Empire, conservative and constricted, before the swinging sixties liberated us all. The incessant smoking, the difficulties of travel from London to Brussels, the fact that people actually had to write letters to each other to communicate, etc etc

This is an amusing read tinged with sadness. Thomas wants to break free but ultimately lacks the courage. The plot is well-constructed and the background interesting. The characters don't quite engage our commitment enough for the book to be truly compelling in a way that would remain with us -- but it's still a very skillful piece of storytelling.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 I hadn't heard of an Expo in 1958, so ... 22 février 2015
Par R.G. Nourse - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I hadn't heard of an Expo in 1958, so thought this was all fiction. I Googled it, and found lots of photos. The story seemed true to the era and mores of the world. Overall, it seemed a little "flat" to me, with no highs or lows. Therefore, the ending was a bit disappointing.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Sleeper Worth Awakening 11 décembre 2014
Par John J Homola - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This could have been travelogue, book of jokes, romantic ,history or mystery novel. In truth it's all of these and more.
A walk back in time to an historic event with delightful characters, decent story line and British humor.
A steal at the asking price. A really comfortable read.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 6 octobre 2016
Par Ruth - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Arrived on time and is of good quality. Worth the money.
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