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Book Title: Звонок из прошлого|
The author of the book: Ben Elton
Date of issue: 2002
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As I mentioned to a friend, I wanted to read this book because I felt I could use a little humour. I picked it up second hand for $3 and apparently got an early edition. The dust cover on the back contained reviews for Elton's previous book Popcorn. Those reviews seemed to imply that Blast from the Past was also a comedy.
There were funny moments, but it certainly wasn't a bag of laughs. Maybe I missed the point, but whoever decided to put reviews from Popcorn that contain lines like "The funniest and most readable novel you're likely to see this year" on the back of Blast from the Past mustn't have read it. Then again I haven't read Popcorn so maybe people really do find this sort of thing hilarious.
The story is about a 17-year-old feminist, war protester (Polly) who during one summer falls in love with a 32-year-old sexist stereotypically-Republican army man (Jack) stationed in England. Jack breaks Polly's heart by abandoning her for his career and 16 years later tracks her down to complete some mysterious mission.
I had no idea what I was getting into, I'll be honest. The end was a pretty big shock given the context in which this novel was presented. And I am honestly dumbfounded. All I can say for certain is that it wasn't funny, it was rather sad and more than a little f'ed up. Had I had a better clue about what kind of story it was I might have felt differently, so I took this into account when I gave it my rating. I did, up to a point, like it. But... yikes.
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Read information about the authorBen Elton was born on 3 May 1959, in Catford, South London. The youngest of four, he went to Godalming Grammar school, joined amateur dramatic societies and wrote his first play at 15. He wanted to be a stagehand at the local theatre, but instead did A-Level Theatre Studies and studied drama at Manchester University in 1977.
His career as both performer and writer encompasses some of the most memorable and incisive comedy of the past twenty years. His ground breaking work as a TV stand-up comedian set the (high) standard of what was to follow. He has received accolades for his hit TV sit-coms, The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line.
More recently he has had successes with three hit West End musicals, including the global phenomenon We Will Rock You. He has written three plays for the London stage, including the multi-award-winning Popcorn. Ben's international bestselling novels include Stark, Inconceivable, Dead Famous and High Society. He won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for the novel Popcorn.
Elton lives in Perth with his Aussie wife Sophie and three children.
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