Eleanor Merritt, a do-gooding American family-planning worker, was drawn to Kenya to improve the lot of the poor. Unnervingly, she finds herself falling in love with the beguiling Calvin Piper despite, or perhaps because of, his misanthropic theories about population control and the future of the human race. Surely, Calvin whispers seductively in Eleanor's ear, if the poo...more
In her novel, "Game Control," Shriver's lead characters are a thirty-eight-year old woman who works with a family planning organization in Africa and a disgraced researcher of population control who is plotting ways to drastically alter the steep incline of growth in the Third World. The material presented is dense, with Shri...more
However, if you're reading this for a well-researched, incisive, and refreshingly politically incorrect discussion of population control, you won't be disappoint...more
Lionel Shriver, a North Carolina-born woman living in London, presents a grimly amusing, though-provoking, seriously frightening look at population control, AIDS in Africa, and wildly contradictory research centering around a man named Calvin Piper — who wants to kill two billion people (all over the social and political map) for the benefit of humanity — and the female family-planning worker, El...more
Where I got lost was in the extreme research detail that Shriver uses at times. I was listening to the audiobook, and I...more
I am nearly through with this and I can say that I have mixed feelings. I love Lionel Shriver and will give anything she writes a go. I think I have Hallie to blame for this fixation, as she got me started with The Post-Birthday World, which is deeply affecting. I ca...more
This book was written in 1994, before family planning was firmly situated within a human rights framework and before HIV was transformed f...more
But she keeps me because though she has a low opinion of the human race, she can sure write a brilliant paragraph. Whole books of them. I'll keep going until the whole sorry mess of a plot is done.
Lionel Shriver again does a great job of writing about things no one wants to think about.