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Expo 58

expo 58It’s been more than a decade since the end of the “war to end all wars,” though the Cold War is raging on.  The Belgians decide to bring the world together in Expo 58 or better know as the Belgian World’s Fair.  The story takes us inside the British contingent as they work to design and build their exhibit.  Though the Fair did occur, this work of fiction by Jonathan Coe introduces us to a “hero” who can only be described by me as underwhelming.  Thomas Foley works for the British government’s Central Office of Information though he seems to be a low level lifer when he is called upon to drop everything, including his family, to oversee part of England’s display.  Foley is dropped into a world he is scarce able to thrive at least at the beginning.