Expo 58

Expo 58

Book - 2013
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A comic spy caper and international love story, set in Europe in the middle of the last century, Expo 58 is the latest sublime creation by Jonathan Coe, hailed by Nick Hornby as "probably the best English novelist of his generation."

Handsome, unassuming Thomas Foley is an employee at the Central Office of Information whose particular biography (Belgian mother, pub-owning father) makes him just the man to oversee the "authentic British pub" that will be erected at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. It's the first major expo after World War II, meant to signify unity, but there's inevitable intrigue involving the U.S. and Soviet delegations. In the shadow of an immense, imposingly modern structure called the Atomium, the married Foley becomes both agent and pawn--when he's not falling head over heels for Anneke, his Belgian hostess.

Funny, fast-paced, and genuinely moving, Expo 58 is both a perfect evocation of a moment in history and the welcome return of one of today's finest novelists.

Publisher: Boston :, New Harvest, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2013.
Edition: First U.S. Edition.
ISBN: 9780544343764
Branch Call Number: FICTION Coe Jonathan
Characteristics: 274 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: Expo fifty-eight


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Jun 29, 2016

Dull at times yet still, for some reason, mesmerizing. Leaves a bittersweet feeling in the mouth. As the stereotypical Belgian tends to be.

Nov 03, 2013

Expo 58 is a real event that took place in Brussels at the height of the Cold War. Everyone is trying to out do everyone else and try and find out everyone's secrets. Into this walks Thomas Foley a rather bored civil servant who is seduced by this world - a world away from suburbia with his wife and new baby. He finds himself in events that are comical and quite beyond his control. Well worth a read!


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Sonjahv Dec 21, 2014

Here, for the next six months, would be thrown together all the nations whose complex relationships, whose conflicts and alliances, whose fraught, tangled histories had shaped and would continue to shape the destiny of mankind. And this gigantic brilliant folly was at the heart of it: a gigantic latticework of spheres, interconnected, imperishable, each one emblematic of that tiny mysterious unit which man had so recently learned how to divide: the atom


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