Grisham is a wonderful craftsman. His characters are more constructs than real people but I guess that is why we like this type of escapist writing.
Hearing Grisham attempt to put himself in the skin of a smart black person was an interesting strategic ploy aligned with the denigration of Federal government employees and institutions. One can't help but think that he is playing some kind of political game here.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is traveling across an expansive desert. The length is daunting but, if you have the time, it is definitely worth slowing down and becoming absorbed in the other world that is 1Q84.The translation and reading are both excellent. Make sure you listen to the interviews with the translators at the end - a wonderful illumination of a largely unrecognised labour.
Stephen Colbert does satire so strong that it gets your gut aching. The writing team that produced this book have mixed some old and new stuff to make an hilarious listen.
To get the full performance, with the unique Colbert intonation, inflection and timing, is incomparable to just reading the book.
It is so easy to make "Clean Coal" once you know how. Colbert illuminates this and many other aspects of American scientific achievement, life, economy and politics
As a native of Australia and unable to vote in the US, it is wonderful to see that America has the ability to laugh at itself. The recovery from the Bush years is still precarious and that is what makes satire of this calibre so important- as well as simply hilarious.
So many- the description of Middlesex and the metaphor with Kal's own disjointed architecture, Milton flying towards a resolution. Desdemona and Lefty on the marriage night... Chapter 11 and Kal reunited after Kal returns...
Each time you think the plot has gone in one irreversible track, Euginedes conjures up a way out that surprises and piques the reader.
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