Thursday, April 16, 2009

High Society, Ben Elton

Posted by lea at 4:55 PM
In High Society, Ben Elton tackles another hot topic: the war on drugs. Peter Paget, British MP, takes a radical stance to legalise drugs so they're administered safely and illegal activities are undermined. It's a thought provoking... thought and argued quite admirably. Another story thread is the tale of Tommy Hanson, Britain's richest and most famous pop star and regular drug user, who lacks any sense of direction and grounded reality since his rise into the fame stratosphere. The two main stories zig zag and eventually see-saw each other, with the drug issue as their axis.

High Society is written with Elton's usual wit and quick pace, but you can see where it's going (at least one part of it) from a distance, as Elton always has a good humoured poke at human folly and weakness.

An eminently readable and enjoyable book.


Elena on April 20, 2009 at 11:13 AM said...

Tommy Hanson reminded me of Robbie Williams for some reason...

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