Academic journal article et Cetera

Mr. Phillips

Academic journal article et Cetera

Mr. Phillips

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John Lanchester. Mr. Phillips. New York: Putnam, 2000.

Mr. Phillips is a middle-aged, mid-level accounting executive who has been married for almost thirty years and has two children. One Friday morning he is summarily sacked, through no fault of his own, from a London catering-services company in which he has spent his entire working life. In a state of near shock, after the weekend on a Monday summer's morning, he gets out of his bed at his usual time and dresses for a job he no longer has. But, with no work to go to, once he leaves the house Mr. Phillips travels about through the streets of London and for the first time he begins to closely observe an everyday world he had mostly ignored when he was going back and forth to the office.

The experience of seeing the world anew triggers memories for Mr. Phillips and what they reveal is a decent chap who, before he was made redundant, had a solid idea of his place in life as a husband, father, home owner, and valued worker. But now, having lost the security of his position, Mr. …

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