Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Ice Age
A slow but insistent novel of Anthony and Alison, their friends and the children of their blended family, set in the backdrop of 1970s Britain during a period of economic malaise and national identity crisis. The ills that beset the country play out in the lives of these characters: IRA activity is intensifying, and Anthony's friend is killed at a London cafe explosion; property values have plummeted and real estate speculators are going to prison, among them the couple's friend Len; Alison's daughter Jane causes a terrible car crash behind the Iron Curtain and is imprisoned indefinitely. Dreary but not hopeless and extremely smart. I liked this very much.