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Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:36 am
by OaktownSteve
Gary Shteyngart. Superb.

Re: Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:54 am
by Grey
I'm reading A short History of Nearly Everything. It's great.

Re: Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:10 pm
by OaktownSteve
Check this guy out if you haven't read him. Funny book, good book. Sometimes hard to find that in one book.

Re: Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:08 pm
by Grey
Definitely will, thanks for the recommendation.

Re: Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:45 pm
by JoeC
Gary Shteyngart. Superb.
You liked this, Steve? I was less impressed.

The set-up was really good, the description of future technology being spot-on. But the main character was such a goof. I had a hard time relating to him.

And the ending... I don't want to provide a bunch of spoilers, but it just left a bad taste in my mouth. Not that I need a rah-rah hero ending all the time, but man, this book was kind of a drag and at the end nobody had learned a goddamned thing. :)

Re: Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:48 pm
by OaktownSteve
Joe C. just saw your post here. I don't disagree with you. Not a page turner. I have to confess, I really don't care about plot any more. Or character for that matter. Maybe that's overstating it. Probably I'm mostly looking for a voice, a tone and a certain kind of precision. Another example of this but in a very different context is Denis Johnson's "Tree of Smoke".

In Super Sad I just saw a lot of imagination in creating the satire. Calling the stores "A$$ Luxury" and "Juicy Pu$$y" was classic. And having everybody work either in credit or retail. Or having people say "you're so media." The Homeland Security Otter, though a big red herring in the plot, made me laugh every time. Just a bunch of stuff like that and tapping into this fascination and fear we have with the idea of America in decline, dystopia and so on.