The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

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The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

The Echo Chamber: John Boyne

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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. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I can't help but notice that those bemoaning it are, generally speaking, people who have had platforms and a certain privilege. Nelson has psychological problems with women and dresses up in police or doctor outfits to feel more important, so he sees a therapist, and his new one is - you guessed it, Angela.

And with good cause: his 2019 YA novel, My Brother’s Name Is Jessica , was monstered by an online social furore. Invited on to the Six O’Clock News to make his public apology, Cleverley bursts out of his management-imposed contrition like a latter-day, anti-trolling Peter Finch in Network. Thus we see the lighting of the fuse that leads to the social media explosion which has blown up the world as we know it. It’s he who makes the Jessica blunder when, tweeting in support of his solicitors’ receptionist who is transitioning to become Nadia, he makes the mistake of referring to her as a he and brings down the fury of the thumb-driven commentariat. I use social media every day - Facebook for keeping in touch with friends and family, Twitter for politics/news/current events, Goodreads for the obvious reason, Instagram now and then to post some of my photos.IF I have a criticism then it is how the tortoise part was handled and I won't elaborate as I don't want to spoil it. I had no idea how a tortoise would fit into the plot and guessed the cover picture was metaphorical but I was wrong, as becomes clear in the first few chapters. On a final note I would have recommended the book and given it an extra star if it had not been for the constant drip-feeding of animal cruelty throughout the book involving the plotline with the tortoise, the final event was too much for me and made me not want to continue reading and it had no purpose to the wider plot. What they lack in timeliness you expect them to make up for in originality and insight but that’s not much in evidence here.

Meanwhile her husband George is being told by his fling that she's pregnant and he had already sort of moved on by this point. Their children are Nelson, an anxious fantasist, Elizabeth, who is obsessed with finding social media fame, and Achilles, who while still at school has used his charm to lucrative effect as a blackmailer.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. This is a far-fetched, ridiculous, funny, biting look at how far we’ve come or how low we have sunk, depending on your point of view, and how attached to a smartphone you are.

He does touch lots of important topics and I do think that it is a great read, but I’m absolutely sure that this book will not please the majority of readers.His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been adapted for cinema, theatre, ballet, and opera. The main protagonists in The Echo Chamber though, are awful people, completely narcissistic, unsympathetic, downright nasty, though it does make them all wickedly interesting, whilst at the same time, makes for some truly amusing dialogue. The phrase 'Lose Lips Sink Ships' is one that will come to mind as you make your way through the labyrinth.

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