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Friday, May 4, 2012

The New Republic

Lionel Shriver's We Need To Talk About Kevin is one of the most affecting books I have ever read.  I also thoroughly enjoyed So Much For That, so when I heard The New Republic, a satire on journalism and terrorism, was coming out it was a total no-brainer for me.

In the midst of a mid-life crisis, Edgar Kellogg leaves his high-powered law firm to pursue a career in journalism--in which he has absolutely no experience.  He is sent to Barba (south of Portugal) to cover the terrorist group SOB since their correspondent there, Barrington Saddler, as suspiciously disappeared.  After finding his footing in Barba, Kellogg discovers that this gig is not exactly what it appears to be--it is so much more.  Much more information and I would give away the delight that is this story!

This book was such a joy for me.  As soon as I figured out the hook I was a goner; the book only became more funny and more facetious as the pages turned.  I didn't want the fun to end, and fun it was.  Shriver is an incredibly strong writer and knows how to turn sentences made of putty into bite-size statues of word-fun.  She is an incredibly smart writer, meaning the way she plays with elaborate sentences and word play is creative and intelligent.  I feel like I am reading a high-brow piece of literature only to laugh in spite of myself--because what a satire it is!  Pure delight, this book.

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