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Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
Super Sad True Love Story
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400066407 (1400066409)
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Pages no: 331
Edition language: English
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Dor Does Books
Dor Does Books rated it
4.0 Super Sad True Love Story
This book was one of my first purchases and has sat on my Kindle for the best part of 18 months waiting for me to get around to reading it. These days, I probably wouldn't have bought it, partly due to having 54 books in my "Purchased to Read" folder, but mainly because of the uninspiring blurb, and...
Nigeyb
Nigeyb rated it
Some might say that it is wrong to invoke the names of Philip K Dick and [a:Kurt Vonnegut|2778055|Kurt Vonnegut|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1357661500p2/2778055.jpg], however I think Gary Shteyngart's imagination, social satire and storytelling are right up there with those two iconic science fic...
To all the pages I've read before
To all the pages I've read before rated it
1.0 Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel
Abandoned and forsaken.I tried going back to reading this today. It made me feel worse than I had remembered.This is a book that is more an infection than a novel. And keeping with the themes of the book, we will say an STD in written form.The characters are just awful and seem to have nothing to li...
warren
warren rated it
I think this is probably the first book where I've actually either disliked or hated just about every character in it. It is also a major downer.I think the main themes on this book are -social media makes people needy drones-corporate government is evil-dating women 20 years younger is probably not...
daisyq
daisyq rated it
Super Sad True Love Story is set in a dystopian near-future USA. I found it most interesting and engaging as a satire of some of the extreme implications of materialism, social media, constant connectedness, and the global financial crisis.The actual ‘love story’ had less impact for me, partly becau...
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