It has been a great year for invention and experiment, both in the content of books and their form, says Gaby Wood.
Lionel Asbo, which carried the subtitle “State of England”, is set in Diston, an abbreviated dystopia where the titular lager lout has won the lottery. But its main narrative discomfort stems from the apparent positioning of the narrator as high enough above the working class anti-hero to spell out his pronunciation for the benefit of presumably equally snooty readers. (Cynthia is “Cymfia”, Lionel’s own name is pronounced “Loyonoo”.)
Full article at The Telegraph