The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up
From the acclaimed author of The Biology of Luck comes a hilarious, Kafkaesque satire Arnold Brinkman is a shy and retiring botanist; he loves his plants more than his country. But when his refusal to stand for the national anthem at a baseball game causes a major media incident, he is thrown... show more
From the acclaimed author of The Biology of Luck comes a hilarious, Kafkaesque satire Arnold Brinkman is a shy and retiring botanist; he loves his plants more than his country. But when his refusal to stand for the national anthem at a baseball game causes a major media incident, he is thrown into a world of pushy patriots, preachers, and press. And it's not going to get any easier when he refuses to apologize. A hilarious bullet into the heart of modern America, this novel mixes the literary sensibilities of Jonathan Franzen with the raucous satire of D.B.C. Pierre, and was the recipient of the Dundee International Book Prize.
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. As usual, Appel's characters are always so unique and eccentric and I loved all of them. The only thing I didn't quite like was how absurd it got in the middle/end. It went a little too crazy. Overall, I enjoyed it...
Arnold is a botanist living a peaceful life with his wife until the day he takes takes his nephew to a ball game and decides not to stand during the national anthem.His life changes, this episode becomes national headline in which he his portrayed as a racist, accomplice of a pervert ,a terrorist an...
Arnold Brinkman, a botanist living in New York City, is a pretty good guy. He "recycles scrupulously and overpays his taxes," he's a loving husband, and he manages to live a pretty normal, low-key life. But then he refuses to stand up at a baseball game while "God Bless America" plays as a tribute t...
This book felt less like a satire and more like a farce to me. And in general, I don't enjoy farces. It wasn't a witty farce -- there are no real laugh lines. But the plot is ridiculous, the main character a charicature, and much of it doesn't make any sense. I felt like it started out with the ...