The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom Estranged from his father newly divorced unable to communicate with his only daughter he realizes that while he may have seventy four friends on Facebook

  • Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
  • Author: Jonathan Coe
  • ISBN: 9780670917389
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom Estranged from his father, newly divorced, unable to communicate with his only daughter, he realizes that while he may have seventy four friends on Facebook, there is nobody in the world with whom he can actually share his problems Then a business proposition comes his way a strange exercise in corporate PR that will require hiMaxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom Estranged from his father, newly divorced, unable to communicate with his only daughter, he realizes that while he may have seventy four friends on Facebook, there is nobody in the world with whom he can actually share his problems Then a business proposition comes his way a strange exercise in corporate PR that will require him to spend a week driving from London to a remote retail outlet on the Shetland Isles Setting out with an open mind, good intentions and a friendly voice on his SatNav for company, Maxwell finds that this journey soon takes a serious turn, and carries him not only to the furthest point of the United Kingdom, but into some of the deepest and darkest corners of his own past In his sparkling and hugely enjoyable new book, Jonathan Coe reinvents the picaresque novel for our time.

    The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim Coe, Jonathan Jun , The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim isn t quite up to the lofty standard of the Rotters books, but it is certainly on par with The House of Sleep and The Winshaw Legacy In short a very worthy read The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim is essentially about the importance of love and relationships. The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim Vintage Mar , In presenting the story of Max and his terrible loneliness, Coe is playing with ideas of privacy and particularly the fear of an invasion of that privacy which have become important in contemporary society One of the main targets of unfavorable comment when the subject of privacy arises is the ubiquitous presence of Facebook. The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe Up to sh backMar , A modern day picaresque from Jonathan Coe acclaimed author of The Rotters Club The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim explores the difficulties of making genuine connections in a world of advanced communications technology and rampant social networking Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe Dec , Robert rated it really liked it review of another edition The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim is a strange beast as it starts off like a comic novel and the evolves into something else entirely The title character is an ordinary person, so ordinary that he is boring. The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim review SFGate Mar , At the beginning of Jonathan Coe s beguiling new novel, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, Max, in Australia visiting his estranged father, observes a Chinese woman and her young daughter The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe A modern day picaresque from Jonathan Coe acclaimed author of The Rotters Club The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim explores the difficulties of making genuine connections in a world of advanced communications technology and rampant social networking.

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    1. Jonathan Coe

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Jonathan Coe, born 19 August 1961 in Birmingham, is a British novelist and writer His work usually has an underlying preoccupation with political issues, although this serious engagement is often expressed comically in the form of satire For example, What a Carve Up reworks the plot of an old 1960s spoof horror film of the same name, in the light of the carve up of the UK s resources which some felt was carried out by Margaret Thatcher s right wing Conservative governments of the 1980s Coe studied at King Edward s School, Birmingham and Trinity College, Cambridge, before teaching at the University of Warwick where he completed a PhD in English Literature In July 2006 he was given an honorary degree by The University of Birmingham Retrieved 10 55, February 2, 2009 from enpedia wiki Jonathan

    212 thoughts on “The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim”

    1. Jonathan Coe gets a lot of attention in the Waterstones branch in Brussels Maybe it s got something to do with the fact he wrote a book, Expo 58, set in this beautiful city which was incidentally the book through which I got to know him Or maybe it s because he stayed in Brussels while writing the second book I read by him, which is the one I m reviewing here Whatever the reasons, I m glad the local Waterstones management decided to put the Coe books with their eye catching cover art on central [...]


    2. The underlying theme in this novel is the culture in society these days of relying on electronic medium to maintain most social interface i.e Facebook, twitter, IM, text, email, instagram etc and the question of how many of us actually communicate in face to face relationships Mankind has, as you may have noticed, become very inventive about devising new ways for people to avoid talking to each other and I d been taking full advantage of the most recent ones I would always send a text message ra [...]


    3. A Vida Privada de Maxwell Sim o nono romance do escritor ingl s Jonathan Coe n 1961 uma hist ria improv vel, simultaneamente, absurda e extravagante, que come a numa disparatada proposta de trabalho que inclui uma viagem num Toyota Prius de Londres para as Ilhas Shetland, na Esc cia, transportando um novo tipo de escovas de dentes ecol gica, num trajecto longo e solit rio durante esse itiner rio que o narrador Maxwell Sim estabelece uma peculiar conversa o com Emma , a deslumbrante voz feminina [...]


    4. To be honest, up until the final third of the book, I couldn t help feeling baffled by all the low ratings it has been getting I was feeling positively hooked and really enjoying it, so I was thinking that maybe people were being too harsh on him or maybe everyone has set his three top novels as reference points and expects all of his works to be of equal quality I was bound to know, either way.So, there s Maxwell Sim A middle aged man whose wife left him, taking their daughter with her and who [...]


    5. Alguns dos meus pensamentos enquanto metia o bedelho na vida privada de Max Sim coitadinho do Sim Abandonado pela mulher com uma depress o de seis meses tem setenta amigos no Facebook mas nenhum fala com ele Est t o sozinho que ainda se vai apaixonar pelo GPS outra vez a t cnica das fotografias e o mesmo tema d A Chuva Antes de Cair que enfadonhas s o estas conversas sobre Economia instrumentos financeiros, spread, swap, mas a profiss o da Poppy facilitadora de adult rio muito interessante j est [...]



    6. What a terrible terrible book The plot involving selling green toothbrushes and the author s quest never gets off the ground The ham handed meditations on modern loneliness with references to Facebook, email, texting, shopping malls, and GPS systems are only not clunky and implausible when they are utterly cliched That whole aspect of the book is written as if a wry old centenarian were manufacturing quips on kids the kids in question are all late 40 s today for a Reader s Digest article The boo [...]


    7. Depois de ter lido A Chuva Antes de Cair e A Vida Privada de Maxwell Sim , amea o tornar me uma verdadeira f de Jonathan Coe.Este livro divertiu me e ao mesmo tempo deixou me irremediavelmente triste.Trata se de uma profunda, magn fica e completamente delirante reflex o, sobre o mundo em que vivemos.Podemos relacionar nos virtualmente com pessoas do mundo inteiro Estamos todos interligados, sem fichas nem fios Podemos estar sentados em nossas casas e com um clique comunicar com o mundo.Sem nunca [...]


    8. I wanted to like this far than I did, because the ideas it engaged loneliness and isolation in a mediated, online world are some of my most constant fascinations But the novel felt overblown in ways that prevented me getting very invested I really enjoyed the voice of Max, the narrator, and while the novel stayed in his head and his perspective, following him on his road trip, I was engaged Unfortunately, the novel relies on a number of inserted found texts, which seemed a bit of a cheap way to [...]


    9. I don t know what of think of this book This is one of those books without plots, it s just a series of events in the life of Maxwell Smart Sim Maxwell is a lonely guy He is stranded from his father, his wife left him taking their kid with her, he is suffering from depression and he is not even working Ergo, he has nothing to do, nowhere to go or see and he is just wandering through life Then, an old friend convinces him to embark on the endeavor of selling toothbrushes His pitch is amazing, so [...]


    10. I read once, oh, on the internet or somewhere, that laughter, as a behaviour, is an evolution of a snarl Think of wolves If there is a weak member of the pack, an individual who no longer contributes to the whole, the rest will turn on them They pull back their lips, to reveal their teeth, and make deep resonant sounds I can see how this is like a laugh And laughter can be threatening, especially to the one who receives it But somehow, in the course of human evolution, we have come to love our f [...]


    11. Movemo nos em c rculos todos os dias, corremos daqui para ali, passamos a cent metros uns dos outros, mas h muito pouco contacto real Tantos desencontros Tantos podia ter sido assustador, quando pensamos nisso Provavelmente, o melhor n o pensar Maxwell Sim como os cart es SIM do telem vel tem 70 e tal amigos no Facebook, mas ningu m se lembra dele ou d pela sua aus ncia tem mais de 100 e mails, mas apenas um n o spam Jonathan Coe conta nos mais uma hist ria maravilhosa divertida, assustadorament [...]


    12. I loved this book It was so well written and oddly gripping and quirky despite the fact that it s about loneliness and not much happens The narrator s voice was bang on My only complaint and reason for 4 rather than 5 stars was that the ending was somewhat hokey and unnecessarily so.


    13. 3.5 5Non so esattamente quale sia l opinione che ho di questo libro Insomma, ero partita con l idea che le tre stelle fossero sufficienti, visti gli elementi che mi si presentavano davanti Poi Coe, al suo primo esperimento, gi mi lascia destabilizzata Chiudo il libro e so solo che sono.rpresa Non ho ancora letto nient altro di Coe, e forse un giorno penser di aver sopravvalutato questo libro, ma per me ora le quattro stelline sono l unico appiglio a cui mi posso aggrappare Cercher di dire cosa n [...]


    14. Desde la primera p gina, la novela de Jonathan Coe te atrapa empezamos sabiendo que un vendedor ha sido encontrado al borde de la hipotermia en su coche, desnudo y rodeado de curiosos objetos, para pasar a continuaci n a la historia en s , donde Maxwell Sim est en un restaurante de Sidney observando como una mujer y su hija juegan a las cartas, observando la intimidad que hay entre ellas, algo que Max echa en falta, y que le hace darse cuenta de lo solo que est La espantosa intimidad de Maxwell [...]


    15. Non so bene cosa scrivere e quando inizio una recensione cos probabilmente sar lunga come la Quaresima.Impressione finale mi piaciuto Ho chiuso il romanzo, 362 pagine, e sono rimasta abbastanza soddisfatta Ma partiamo dall inizio Inizia male, sar che mi aspettavo qualcosa d altro ovvero che iniziasse quasi dalla fine, oh d altronde la sinossi presente ovunque parte da quella ma ho fatto molta fatica a leggere le prime 30 pagine, che di per s sono poche ma se non ti convincono sembrano eterne Poi [...]


    16. Oy If I have to read one book about a middle aged British man who hates his life but is clueless that he brought it on himself, or that he has the power to change it, I may have to just punch the next middle aged British man I run across.


    17. Este foi o primeiro livro que li do autor, uma escolha impulsiva, feita maioritariamente com base no t tulo do livro Por vezes n o h nenhuma raz o espec fica para comprarmos um livro e n o tem que haver, n o verdade N o ser um livro que me ficar na mem ria, penso que precisava de ser mais amadurecido antes de ser publicado N o me senti envolvida e muitas vezes achei a trama artificial Os acontecimentos mais interessantes do livro s o colocados sem qualquer justifica o, raz o ou objectivo Isto de [...]


    18. opinionless book revie Tonight I finally get to meet Jonathan Coe as he makes a stop on his very short book tour across North America to promote the stateside release of his latest work, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim which saw its initial release in the U.K last summer.I ve got to say that I m than excited Coe s body of work is nothing short of stunning He s a master storyteller with a gift for writing rich, believable, thoughtful characters of both sexes Over the past twelve years he s w [...]


    19. First off, I love Jonathan Coe In fact, I think he is one of the greatest authors I ve ever come across There hasn t been another author who has managed to move me to the extent in which his writing has Having said that, the Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim is not one of Coe s gems, in my opinion The usual suspects are there social commentary, wittiness, humour and sadness however, the juggling of these elements, which Coe normally does so well, does not quite work here In fact, it was quite a ja [...]


    20. This took me a good 100 pages to really get into I liked the character of Maxwell Sim, in fact he seemed very familiar to me, but I m not sure the author really knew what to do with him His story meanders between memories of his youth to his struggle with depression which, incredibly, seems to come with 6 months paid leave in the UK, at least in this story to the related stories that others have told Actually the related stories are probably the most cohesive parts, making me think I d really en [...]



    21. The titular character of this low key character study is an Englishman in his late 40s who has been understandably mired in deep depression for the six months since his wife and teenage daughter left him He s an epically milquetoast fellow who seems perpetually three steps slower than the modern world, and whose job customer service clerk for a department store returns division is a very telling marker of his absolute meaninglessness He s the kind of guy who, when he does start sharing his inter [...]


    22. Abandono tras leer como la mitad de la novela Doscientas paginas que no me ha dicho nada, con un protagonista soso y sin car cter Me has vencido, Joe Jaque Mate.


    23. I do like Jonathan Coe, but I have to admit I ve not hugely enjoyed some of his recent novels For me, it s been downhill ever since The House of Sleep.But anyway I found Maxwell Sim a fairly dull, exasperating narrator I thought he was too useless and hapless to be really engaging And so I really didn t care much about the story So what if his father was secretly gay So what if he himself turns out to be secretly gay and yet has been relentlessly captivated by women throughout the book It s all [...]


    24. Fondamentalmente l ho trovato un po confusionario e una imitazione di uno stile alla buona tipo Dickens Anche il finale a sorpresa non stato un granch Probabilmente non dovevo iniziare da qui la mia conoscenza con Coe, ma di certo credo che comunque non mi sarebbe piaciuto lo stesso Sar per il prossimo Coe


    25. Ein kleiner Roadmovietrip ber die Wirren des Alltags und des Scheitern Es enth lt weiterhin kleines feine Kritiken an unserer heutigen Zeit und an dem Leben,was viele f hren.Sehr zu empfehlen f r Leute, die Harold Fry mochten.


    26. I won t mince matters The terrible privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe is probably one of the best books I ve ever read that s why I also gave it five stars I have to admit that it s had been a while since I enjoyed reading so much To be honest, this books brought the pleasure of reading books, enjoying them, back to me It was so engaging and enjoyable though the book is actually not about subjects that ll make you happy It is about this middle aged man who s called Maxwell Sim surprise surpr [...]


    27. Gros coup de coeur pour le dernier roman de Jonathan Coe, un auteur dont les pr c dents livres, en d pit du succ s remport , ne m avaient pas encore conquis Testament l anglaise m avait beaucoup d u Son h ros est un anti h ros Maxwell Sim, la quarantaine bien entam e, a perdu son boulot, sa femme, sa fille et sa m re en ce qui concerne sa m re, la perte est d finitive puisqu elle est morte Il n a plus gu re de contact avec son p re parti vivre en Australie o s ouvre avant de se clore le roman En [...]


    28. A typical entry into the crazy literary world of Jonathan Coe, this book doesn t disappoint with Coe s usual play with form, digression, stories within stories and metafiction, delivered with hugely comic panache but at the same time imbuing the major characters with pathos and a powerlessness with which most ordinary mortals can identify If there is a problem it is that Coe s facility with the English language and literary form, his ability to twist and turn the narrative in so many different w [...]


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