The Echo Chamber
John Boyne 2021
Penguin Random House UK
The Echo Chamber drips in hilarious sarcasm and many a time I could be heard laughing out loud while reading it. John Boyne, author of The boy in the striped pyjamas, pokes fun at a world addicted to sharing every mundane moment in a life. He weaves mischief between the ‘Wokesters’, those seeking to be offended by every comment made and the righteous keyboard warriors.
In this story we follow the trials, triumphs and ultimate catastrophes of the rich and entitled Cleverley family. George, the patriarch of the family, is a celebrity talk show host who can’t keep his outdated beliefs in check no matter how progressive he thinks he is. His author wife Beverly, enjoys her power-couple status, though prefers to share her bed with a toy-boy dancer named Pylyp. Their three adult children are also entertainingly inept. One unable to confidently converse with women unless he is wearing a uniform (any uniform seems to do the trick); another who places value on life based on the number of Twitter followers people have; and the youngest uses his good looks and charisma to use people.
As layer upon layer draw the reader to the inevitable disastrous end, the play becomes more and more ridiculous. Finally, as the Cleverley’s social status and online lives beeline towards “cancellation”, they are forced to relook at what is truly important.
As we wade through a sea of apprehension and worry in this present time, this book will give you the buoyancy that will lighten your day.
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