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Identity Crisis de Ben Elton
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Identity Crisis (2019 original; edició 2019)

de Ben Elton (Autore)

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'Ben Elton's 16th novel proves yet again what a genuinely talented comic novelist he is - it's expertly crafted, very clever and really funny' Harry Ritchie, Daily Mail Why are we all so hostile? So quick to take offence? Truly we are living in the age of outrage. A series of apparently random murders draws amiable, old-school Detective Mick Matlock into a world of sex, politics, reality TV and a bewildering kaleidoscope of opposing identity groups. Lost in a blizzard of hashtags, his already complex investigation is further impeded by the fact that he simply doesn't 'get' a single thing about anything anymore. Meanwhile, each day another public figure confesses to having 'misspoken' and prostrates themselves before the judgement of Twitter. Begging for forgiveness, assuring the public "that is not who I am". But if nobody is who they are anymore - then who the f##k are we? Ben Elton returns with a blistering satire of the world as it fractures around us. Get ready for a roller-coaster thriller, where nothing - and no one - is off limits. 'Fast, funny and close to the bone' Mail on Sunday 'A state-of-the-nation satire so sharp it's a wonder its pages don't leave paper cuts' I paper… (més)
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Títol:Identity Crisis
Autors:Ben Elton (Autore)
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Identity Crisis de Ben Elton (2019)

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I'm not sure how to classify "Identity Crisis". It feels like a satire except that it's unflinchingly honest and that kind of honesty makes me wince rather than smile. It's not a polemic as it's not selling a solution, just displaying a problem by flaying the surface of it and exposing the bloody mess underneath. It has too much bitter humour in it to be a dirge or a lament. Perhaps it is just a mirror, held up to make us look at ourselves and take in what we've become.

The focus is on how social media is being used to create a climate of fury, to discredit evidence-based argument and to undermine support for any view of the world that is neither angry nor extreme.

It is a world in which appearance is more important than substance, where being "on the right side of history" is achieved by weaponising hashtags to pillory opponents, where identity is more important than information, where the "national conversation" is a curated stream of propaganda that sustains anger and division to pre-empt challenges to extreme political positions.

The story is pitched around a referendum to make England independent of the rest of the UK. It's told with a bitter wit that was so close to home that I felt like I was watching a vivisection. Although it's not a long book, I had to take regular breaks from it to allow the feelings of disgust and despair to dissipate.

Ben Elton has a deep understanding of how social media is being used to shift opinion, create and sustain tribalism and distract us from the real agenda being driven by the powerful.

The strongest parts of the book are those that deal with the referendum, with mainstream media and social media response to sexual abuse and with the use of a revamped version of "Love Island" to surface issues related to gender and sexuality.

In the end, I felt the novel went nowhere. It was an exposition rather than a narrative. If these issues are new to you, it will make you think. If these issues are known to you then it may confirm your darkest views of what's happening.

I listened to the audiobook version of "Identity Crisis", which is narrated by Ben Elton. He does a serviceable job but I would have preferred to have had a narrator with a little more range. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.
https://soundcloud.com/audiolibrary-a/identity-crisis-by-ben-elton-audiobook-exc... ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
Matlock had made the mistake of taking the call on speaker-phone and he could see DC Clegg listening in. She gave him a sympathetic shrug. He knew what she was thinking. That he was just another bewildered old dad-man floundering about in the unfamiliar waters of a society he no longer ‘got’.
Pretty hurtful for a guy who still considered himself to be 100 per cent rock ’n’ roll. Although, of course, he also understood that rock ’n’ roll was something only dad-men continued to aspire to be.


A satire on political correctness, social media and cancel culture. It is not one of my favourites of Ben Elton’s recent books, maybe because it hits too close to home to be a comfortable read.

3.5 stars ( )
1 vota isabelx | Apr 5, 2020 |
The basic plot, which I've added below, concerns the investigation of a series of murders by old-school Scotland Yard Detective Mick Matlock. Each of the victims seems to belong to one of the "kaleidoscope of opposing identity groups" but luckily Mick has a couple of sidekicks to walk him (and many of us readers) through them. In the background is an upcoming referendum to withdraw England from the UK.

This is a very English book. Very, very English. So much so, that I don't think many readers outside of the UK, or England to be specific, will be able to fully appreciate it. Example: There are three characters presumably representing real-world political figures: Bunter Jolly; Plantagenet Greased-Hogg and Guppy Toad. I'm willing to bet that Bunter Jolly is Boris Johnson, but have no idea who the others are, and couldn't be arsed trying to find out. 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys is also referenced (as the subject of a one man play), but I'm glad I spent a few minutes reading up on him!

The broadly satirical book takes aim at some easy targets like political correctness, reality TV, social media and English politics. I think that political correctness as a target for satire was probably clapped out in the '90s. Satirising reality TV seems largely pointless, because the truth is far stranger than anything the author can invent, but if you're au fait with Love Island UK, you may get something more from the book. You will also appreciate it if you know what all the letters in LGBTQIAPK+ mean. And social media? Take it or leave it, present company excepted.

Other annoyances are characters with similar names (Sammy the first victim and Sally the Detective; Tom the politician and Tommy the political lobbyist), repetition ("on the wrong side of history" must have been used 50 times) and insignificant minor characters being given too much airtime.

On the plus side, there were a few laughs and the ending was well done.

***1/2 stars if you're English, not a straight white male, are a straight white male, love reality TV, hate reality TV, love social media, hate social media, or don't fit into any of the above categories. ( )
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'Ben Elton's 16th novel proves yet again what a genuinely talented comic novelist he is - it's expertly crafted, very clever and really funny' Harry Ritchie, Daily Mail Why are we all so hostile? So quick to take offence? Truly we are living in the age of outrage. A series of apparently random murders draws amiable, old-school Detective Mick Matlock into a world of sex, politics, reality TV and a bewildering kaleidoscope of opposing identity groups. Lost in a blizzard of hashtags, his already complex investigation is further impeded by the fact that he simply doesn't 'get' a single thing about anything anymore. Meanwhile, each day another public figure confesses to having 'misspoken' and prostrates themselves before the judgement of Twitter. Begging for forgiveness, assuring the public "that is not who I am". But if nobody is who they are anymore - then who the f##k are we? Ben Elton returns with a blistering satire of the world as it fractures around us. Get ready for a roller-coaster thriller, where nothing - and no one - is off limits. 'Fast, funny and close to the bone' Mail on Sunday 'A state-of-the-nation satire so sharp it's a wonder its pages don't leave paper cuts' I paper

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