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The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

onewildmind, October 6, 2006

Is there anything more intriguing than political misjustice, twisted social norms and oh yeah, a robot'esque manegerie of citizens? I bought this slim book one cold night over winter. I started reading it on the streetcar on my way home. A mere hour and a half later I had finished the book and I was laughing out loud in enjoyment. The book isn't especially funny but the irony and social commentary is riviting and twisted. Saunders has a uniquely odd outlook on what it is that makes us humans tick. Here in, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil he entertains with unusual situations and radical conjugations of characters that conjure an uneasy and shifty response in the reader. I thank Saunders for this quirky investigation of the human condition and the fictional partrayal of what it is to be real, maliscious, hysterical, sad and mad. I highly recommend this brief read it will change your opinion of the human race and will leave you uneasy in your place in society.
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