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Super Sad True Love Story (Large Print)

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ISBN13: 9781410434418
ISBN10: 1410434419
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The author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart has risen to the top of the fiction world. Now, in his hilarious and heartfelt new novel, he envisions a deliciously dark tale of America's dysfunctional coming years--and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.

In a very near future--oh, let's say next Tuesday--a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse. But don't that tell that to poor Lenny Abramov, the thirty-nine-year-old son of an angry Russian immigrant janitor, proud author of what may well be the world's last diary, and less-proud owner of a bald spot shaped like the great state of Ohio. Despite his job at an outfit called Post-Human Services, which attempts to provide immortality for its super-rich clientele, death is clearly stalking this cholesterol-rich morsel of a man. And why shouldn't it? Lenny's from a different century--he totally loves books (or printed, bound media artifacts, as they're now known), even though most of his peers find them smelly and annoying. But even more than books, Lenny loves Eunice Park, an impossibly cute and impossibly cruel twenty-four-year-old Korean American woman who just graduated from Elderbird College with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness.

After meeting Lenny on an extended Roman holiday, blistering Eunice puts that Assertiveness minor to work, teaching our ancient dork effective new ways to brush his teeth and making him buy a cottony nonflammable wardrobe. But America proves less flame-resistant than Lenny's new threads. The country is crushed by a credit crisis, riots break out in New York's Central Park, the city's streets are lined with National Guard tanks on every corner, the dollar is so over, and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Undeterred, Lenny vows to love both Eunice and his homeland. He's going to convince his fickle new love that in a time without standards or stability, in a world where single people can determine a dating prospect's hotness and sustainability with the click of a button, in a society where the privileged may live forever but the unfortunate will die all too soon, there is still value in being a real human being.

Wildly funny, rich, and humane, Super Sad True Love Story is a knockout novel by a young master, a book in which falling in love just may redeem a planet falling apart.

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amy alice, January 13, 2013 (view all comments by amy alice)
I read this for my book group, and even though it may not have been a totally loved book by all, it was certainly an interesting one, and the ideas presented were amazing. It's one of those books that "change" the reader so you see things differently and with a new perspective. It was disturbing, but it made for a lively discussion. This book was certainly an indictment about our world ~ where people would much prefer using iPhones than talking, person to person…even when in the same room! ~ where our physical beauty is so much more revered than our mental capabilities ~ where what we believe in is decided for us, and where those with power and money direct what people do...even when it is very wrong.

"like it" would be FAR from the truth! At the same time, I do think it provides heaps of fascinating discussion ~ because the topic is so timely, because of the satirical style, and because it is SO strange, different, off-putting, vile, unusual, weird, and full.

I would suggest that you NOT listen to this as an audio book when others are in the room ~ it's got strong language that is not good for the prudish at heart!

Now, I have new terms I've gotten exposed to: "fuckability rating", apparati, UnitedContinentalDeltaAmercan Airlines, TIMATOV (Think I'm About to Openly Vomit), totally heart, Bi-Partisans killing Low Net Worth Individuals, The Rupture, Global Teens, Onion Jeans, SnapAways, Islamafascisn, FoxLibertyUltra, credit ratings for dating and for determination of your "worth" ~ simply...a whole new lingo and a whole new world. It's a world I would rather not live to experience!

It is a book that will make the reader cringe ~ for many reasons, at many levels, and many, many times.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781410434418
Publisher:
Thorndike Press
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Author:
Shteyngart, Gary
Subject:
General Fiction
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
521
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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