Characters in John Lanchester’s Capital

Capital by John Lanchester has been mentioned on this blog several times [1], [2], [3] as it is one of my favorite books. I particularly like its many initially distinct, but eventually overlapping story lines.

When we read complex books like this in school, the teacher would make us plot out the locations where the story took place or visualize the connections between its characters.

I didn’t believe it at the time, but it’s true that such as structured approach to a story really does make you understand and thus appreciate it more. It’s too bad I didn’t have this realization back then. Sorry, Ms. Bartholdi.

So having just finished the book (again), I tried graphing the connections between all of the main characters (i.e. characters that are connected to two or more other characters). At the center is the We Want What You Have campaign that brings them all together.

Capital Characters

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