The new republic / Lionel Shriver.
Kustantaja: London : Harper, 2013.
ISBN: 9780007459919 (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: HarperCollins, 2012.
Fat and ostracized as a kid, Edgar Kellogg has always yearned to be popular. Bored rigid by his pedestrian life as a solicitor, Edgar decides to risk everything on trying to make it as a journalist. When he's offered the post of foreign correspondent in Barba, Edgar leaps at the chance.
380 pages : map (black and white) ; 20 cm
"Edgar had been born a fan." Satire is difficult to sustain over the span of a novel, particularly when Lionel Shriver goes out of her way, in novel after novel, to invent unsympathetic or flat characters. Graham Greene’s “Our Man in Havana” works better as a satire of the intelligence world because at least two of the characters matter to readers, and the novel is gently amusing. Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur” is, in the end, sufficiently ambiguous in its commitments and very funny in its detail, even during the mass violence of the final battle. “A New Republic”, in contrast, is hard-going, smart at its best, for instance in describing Barba’s claims to independence before, part way through, we discover the reality to this contemporary slice of geo-politics; but also lacking in tonal variety. Most sentences are too significant, too quotable in support of the satire of terrorism. Moreover, the search by the central character, Edgar Kellogg, for an
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