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Wheels within wheels

Jonathan Coe relays a dying woman's story through a third party to unveil human truths

Understated plot rather than humor is the driving force behind Jonathan's Coe's new novel. Understated plot rather than humor is the driving force behind Jonathan's Coe's new novel.
By Matthew Peters
March 23, 2008

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The Rain Before It Falls By Jonathan Coe Knopf, 240 pp., $23.95 In Jonathan Coe's "The Closed Circle" (2004) a character asks, ambitiously, "Does narrative serve any function?" His short new novel offers one answer: It serves the function of being necessary to human life. Coe himself might shrink from such an encompassing explanation. At one moment in "The Rain ... (Full article: 903 words)

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