The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up
"A darkly comic satire, full of insight into American culture."-Stephen Fry, judge of the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize. Engaging, funny, ingenious, even charming.”Philip Pullman, judge of the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize. Arnold Brinkman is a shy and retiring botanist; he loves... show more
"A darkly comic satire, full of insight into American culture."-Stephen Fry, judge of the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize. Engaging, funny, ingenious, even charming.”Philip Pullman, judge of the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize. 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 apologise... A hilarious bullet into the heart of modern America, The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up mixes the literary sensibilities of Jonathan Franzen with the raucous satire of DBC Pierre. It's the debut novel of one of the most acclaimed and controversial authors to emerge from the USA in years; Jacob M. Appel adds the £10,000 Dundee International Book Prize to a list of prizes that includes the Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for Short Stories and The Boston Review Prize.
Publish date: October 25th 2012
Publisher: Cargo Publishing
Pages no: 212
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 ...