Benjamin Trotter rolls on through life with the ghosts of the past ever present. All of which encloses some commentary on the state of middle england and its embedded racisim, jingoism, prides and self-deprecation as anger and discontent emerges.
A Hollow Middle
by rogerco on Tue 5th Oct 2021.
Well I enjoyed it, particularly some of the social observation beyond the immediate characters, but at the end of the day its a story about people trapped in their prisons of their own devising. Particularly nice that Benjamin is opted as a failure near the end. But inevitably it washes over him and the finale comes straight from the Panglossian advice in Candide.