My favourite book 32: What a Carve Up!Posted: June 29, 2011
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
Viking 1994; this edition Pengin 1995
What a Carve Up! was my first Jonathan Coe, and it was his breakthrough book. A curious, mad story, based on a dreadful sub-Carry On film, Coe uses the movie plot as a springboard for a satire on the State Of England from World War II to Gulf War I.
Coe is an immensely likeable author and (which always works for me) a Powell/Pressburger buff. Each novel creates a new, oblique viewpoint on the world of by-passes, confused marriages and post-industrial uncertainty. Judging from my choice of bookmark, I first read What a Carve Up! on a flight from Columbus OH to Chicago Midway.