I loved the premise, and I'm usually all for political satire, but I just didn't care for the writing. I think this is a good example of how everyone talks in the novel:
"Ask yourself, Do you really wa ...more
Clearly that isn't going to happen. The problem is ...more
The time and place: America, a few years down the road. Prime rates are at 18 percent. Inflation is at thirty percent. Foreign countries are refusing to loan America any more money. The United States is at war with six areas, including Quebec, and the National Guard is spread so thin that it is now safe for other countries to invite the U.S. to declare war.
And in the midst of all these financial crises, 77 million Americans--Baby Boomers all--are beginn ...more
Supposedly a political satire; this books says nothing valuable about politics, society or culture, and is not in the least bit funny. I don't think I even slipped out a chuckle the whole time, much less laughed. Boomsday is filled with plenty of Ivy League-rs who have never heard of political science, game theory, and have no idea how to say anything wittier then the F word. ...more
I picked this up in the Midway airport on my way back from Chicago and wow...what a wonderful find!
Picture it: 77 million Baby Boomers are on the verge of retirement, which is putting a strain on the already floundering Social Security system. The US economy is in the toilet and Congress just passed a bill raising Social Security taxes 30% for the under thirty crowd.
Enter Cassandra Devine. She's a PR spin doctor at a high-profile Washington, D.C firm that specializes ...more
Review in March 15, 2007 LJ:
This latest satire from Buckley (Thank You for Not Smoking) tackles the looming Social Security crisis, which will be triggered when all the baby boomers begin retiring, an occasion known as Boomsday. Cassandra Devine, a 29-year-old Washington PR flack, kicks off the novel's action by suggesting on her blog that members of her cohort, the "Whatever" generation, protest by taking action against gated communities, known harbors of soon-to-re ...more
Premise: An Ann Coulter-like character proposes "Voluntary Transitioning" (eg, suicide at age 70 in exchange for exemption from death taxes) to tweak the government into finding a real solution to fund Social Security.
But her modest proposal is taken seriously as both a grassroots movement among the under 30 ...more
For this, Christopher Buckley owes a debt to Jonathan Swift's "A Mo ...more
Once again, political satirist Christopher Buckley (Thank You for Smoking) delivers a firecracker of a novel that explodes with imagination, irony, and wit. Buckley sometimes overexplains, to show off how smart he is, but he is discussing Social Security here. Besides boring subject matter, the novel contains a completely over-the-top premise and a lead character that strains credibility. So the overexplanation works, for the most part, because it evokes laughs. "If you're looking for a lighter,...more
Even though the topic is clearly anti-Boomer, the book is full of Baby Boomer cultural references. I had to look up several of them on wikipedia.
Buckley's portrayal of the generation gap is kind of odd, too...for instance, why doesn't Cass know what Teflon is, but she knows French poetry and American history inside out? Please, that's just unrealistic - she is not a head-in-the-clouds ...more
*Loved the premise - a good, satirical take on Social Security and how to fix it.
*I really like his writing. Easy to read and often clever.
*Really enjoyed the plot, although the ending certainly didn't provide much of a bang.
Now, the things I didn't especially like:
*The names. While some hit the mark (Cassandra Devine, Gideon Payne), he seemed to get too cute w ...more
Our heroine, Cassandra, is "a morally superior twenty-nine-year-old PR chi ...more
Taking its cue from Swift's A Modest Proposal, this book skewers the entire American political system, culture, and in particular, the Baby Boomers. Buckley grabs the third rail of American politics with both ...more
Actually, if I'm stuck in a waiting room, or in an airport, with nothing else to do, no other books and no wireless, and this was handy, I might finish it. Which is really what a book like this is for.
Funny but not that funny.
The main character is Cassandra Devine, who is a public relations person for a firm that spins. A spin master for evil companies, mostly. She is young, has a unique history in the military, and a chip on her shoulder about her father, who mismanaged what was supposed to be her college funds, thus changing the course of her life.
Cassandra gets a bee in her bonnet about social security. ...more
Buckley really likes t ...more
Boomsday refers to the day that all the baby boomers start collecting social security and, you know, the whole economy collapses. Since this is a Christopher Buckley novel, our protagonist is a super-hot, whip-smart 28 year chick named Cassandra Devine (yeah). He does know how to write interes ...more
If the WWII generation was the 'greatest generation' then the boomers may be the 'worst generation.' (I guess Gen X would be the 'disaffected generation' and Millennials would be the 'special generation'). A life of materialism, entitlements and piling on debts have left the country on the brink of collapse, with the soon to be retired Boomers bankrupting Social Security while asking for more. It plays the generation gap card very well.
Following a Swiftian 'Modest Prop ...more
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Good ...more