Archive for the ‘Satire’ Category
Itâ€™s probably best to get this one interesting tidbit out of the way: 38 year-old Gary Shteyngart, the author of the clever new satire, SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY, recently made the New Yorkerâ€™s list of â€ś20 Under 40â€ť fiction writersâ€”writers whom the New Yorker described as â€ścapturing the inventiveness and the vitality of contemporary American fiction.â€ť With SUPER SAD, Shteyngart has done just that.
Sebastian Faulks is nothing if not ambitious. In his latest book, a sweeping and piercing satire about contemporary London, Mr. Faulks takes on everything from the financial meltdown and the profusion of silly book awards to shockingly offensive reality TV, cyber porn, London football, and, for good measure, Islamic radicalism. The good news is, for the most part, he succeeds admirably.
Those who enjoyed Susan Collâ€™s last novel will be pleased to know that she has successfully recycled a different aspect of the same material in her newest, bitingly witty satire, Beach Week. While Acceptance took aim at the upper middle class suburban hysteria surrounding the college application process, Beach Week is much edgier, a novel whose focus is the post-graduation tradition of high school seniors in the wealthy DC suburbs. During the summer before college, mobs of college-bound spoiled eighteen-year-olds rent, with the sanction and cosignatures of parents, beach houses along the Delaware shore where they engage in a week of bad decisions and biblical-like immorality.
Jim Rath brings a single-minded (almost obsessive) dedication to everything he does. When, while working at a gallery job at the Center for Gender and Power, his interpretations of the museumâ€™s exhibits routinely become controversial, he gets fired from the job. As THE UNKNOWN KNOWNS opens, Jim is recently divorced from his wife Jean, whom he still loves.
We find out that Jean has really left because Jim has a larger obsessionâ€”he is convinced there is a secret underwater world called Nautika.
THE SERIALIST is a quick-witted, rhythmically-moving, false-positive of a novel â€“ pick it up, put it down, pick it upâ€¦..you wonâ€™t get lost. See, the author “talks” to you (the reader) through the whole story. Actually, the author is basically sitting on the sofa with you, reaching over to turn the page. Itâ€™s kind of flattering, really. He doesnâ€™t want you to miss anything.
Terry Pratchett’s books are ingenious satires peopled with imaginative caricatures rather than merely characters. In UNSEEN ACADEMICALS, he once again pokes fun at bureaucracy and thumbs his nose in a hysterical manner at revered, yet moth-eaten, institutions.