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George Bush, Dark Prince of Love

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  154 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
"Some women like muscle. Brute strength, or the illusion of it. Their idea of an attractive man is a craggy meatpacker with a squirrel brain, who likes to crush vermin with his bare fist. I call these women Reaganites....Personally, I've always preferred the underdog."
Rosemary is an ex-con with no viable career prospects, a boyfriend old enough to be her grandfather, and
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 25th 2000 by Touchstone
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Robert Beveridge
Lydia Millet, George Bush- Dark Prince of Love (Scribner's, 2000)

The idea of anyone finding a president sexy-- at least, any president we've had since, oh, Teddy Roosevelt or so-- strikes the same kind of nerve with me as does the idea of having weird leechlike creatures infest peoples' bodies and turn them into mutant zombies (see? there's Night of the Creeps again!). The idea that someone could take such a feeling to the obsessive heights of the stalker is right up there with having dinner at
Nov 13, 2008 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny
A quick little novel with a funny, insane protagonist of the sort I am only too familiar with as a member of the Eastern Media Elite! The main character is obsessed with George senior... the kind of person my days in the mailroom have sorted into a lump category involving suggestions on policy written in all caps with emphasis delivered via extra punctuation and highlighter pens. It's been a few years since I read the book, so have forgotten most of the plot, but I do remember laughing out loud ...more
Jan 06, 2010 Blair rated it really liked it
Could be the best reference tool/scathing editorial ever devised against the eldest Bush's administration. The sheer genius of glimpsing that turbulent era through a female ex-con suffering an acute infatuation with the 41st leader of the free world. My only qualm with this book was that for a white-trashy, drug-addled, probably-spent-more-time-getting-drunk-than-studying person...our narrator and main character was suprisingly verbose.
Aug 14, 2008 Nathanial rated it did not like it
Shelves: discarded
Millet goes for satire and misses, which is like the worst thing in the world but less funny. She lands on ridicule. oof.

maybe it would be different if her protagonist was firmly entrenched in the bush family and/or support structure (lackeys, talking heads, etc.) but instead she chooses to spoof a scrap of trailer trash, which got old like the second people started doing it.
Aug 12, 2010 Anne rated it it was amazing
an absolutely hysterical take of the senior Bush presidency, from the point of view of his stalker, a stereotypical trailer-park trash overweight woman who is an ex-con. Dark and cynical, I laughed myself silly reading this, and often had to read excepts to random people because I found them so hilarious.
Althea J.
Nov 10, 2014 Althea J. rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Based on the title, I thought it would be funnier. I must say, though, I did enjoy going through the main events of GB Sr.'s presidency and seeing the lessons an individual might derive from his words and actions. Granted, it's the interpretation of a crazy lady, but it's very telling in its own way.

I was too young at the time to understand what was going on and IT BLOWS MY MIND how history was able to repeat itself in the presidency of GB, the younger. This book was written in 2000, s
Jun 20, 2016 Peter rated it really liked it
A well written inventive tale of the named U.S. President as seen by an erstwhile, down-on-her-luck, fan, filled with amusing tales peppered with references and reactions to the words and actions of Bush I. One would hope for a follow up on Clinton, and Bush II, but alas, it would likely be too painful.

Helped me relive the Bush I years, those wonderful days of my early adulthood when it slowly began to dawn on me that the people in charge were no smarter than I was. American self-satisfaction wa
Jun 02, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I will never look at "G.B" the same.

Lydia Millet has put together a highly amusing story with an entertaining (though scary) cast. Rosemary is an ex-con with no luck, a heavy drinking habit, and an obsession with geriatric men. Her boyfriend is a crotchety veteran with a big house and a cocaine habit to match, and though this is the part where I normally would make an Anna Nicole Smith reference, our Rosemary deserves better. I don't think she got with Russell because of his money and obvious pr
Morgan Salvador
Nov 26, 2007 Morgan Salvador rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like political silliness
This is an absolutely ridiculous tale of an obese woman recently released from prison who becomes obsessed with "G.B." She creates a shrine to G.B. in her elderly boyfriend’s basement, talks to him through the television, and eventually moves to DC, so that they can finally be together. If this storyline sounds a little off the wall, it definitely is, but it’s good fun too. Just don’t expect it to be any great political satire. It’s just a quick read that’ll definitely make you laugh.
Melanie Page
May 24, 2011 Melanie Page rated it really liked it
The character descriptions were fantastic, their interactions realistic, hilarious, depressing. The more I read about George Bush, though, the less I liked the book. I feel like the author might have used any president Americans frequently mock. Rosemary could have been obsessed with anyone, anything, and I would have still like her and her relationships with Russki, Apache, and the ex-cons the best.
Aug 11, 2008 Sherry rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy, fiction, satire
This was an odd book for me. As much as I love satire, the very promising and hilarious book title didn't quite deliver mostly because the protagonist irked me--a sociopath with mommy and daddy issuse. That said, there were some funny moments and somehow the last several chapters made up for the okay, but not great, chapters that preceded them.
Nov 19, 2009 Danya added it
Super dark and hella funny satire of sex, politics, and the cultural oddities that permeated the early-nineties landscape during the reign of Bush, the first and elder. Protagonist is out-of-her-mind and, yet, tends to make a whole lot of sense against the chaotic backdrop of her lfie.
Jul 23, 2013 Madbutmagic marked it as have-not-read
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The Goodreads summary tells me this book is “Written with razor-sharp satiric wit and packed with wry observations of our times.” I find that hard to believe.
Gabe Durham
Jan 07, 2013 Gabe Durham rated it really liked it
This book is so funny: high schtick, much unlike the others.

The sly point this book seems to make is that a citizen who models her own actions on the actions of a world leader would be a cunning, erratic sociopath. It’s as entertaining as it sounds.
Anna N.
Aug 12, 2012 Anna N. rated it it was amazing
This may be one of the best books I have ever read. Seriously. I loved it. Favorite quote, "It's difficult to be right when many others are wrong."
Apr 10, 2010 Louvaine rated it really liked it
Hilarious, sarcastic tale of a disturbed woman with nothing going for her, who becomes fixated on the 41st President. A VERY funny way of disagreeing with George Bush's policies. Ha-Ha!
Dec 30, 2007 Josie rated it really liked it
Hilarious! Woman imagines that President George H.W. Bush communicates with her via secretly encoded messages on TV.
Mar 02, 2008 Amanda rated it did not like it
Was hoping for a decent satire with insightful commentary, but it was very boring, didn't really get to the depth of anything and wasn't that funny.
Tracy Dorsett
Interesting premise for a book. I enjoyed this quirky little novel. Will be reading this author's other works.
Diane C.
Jul 26, 2011 Diane C. rated it really liked it

Tragic, funny, outrageous and more the American story than most of the other ones i've read. You have to read it to believe it.
Beata Bowen
I liked a lot about this book. It was a funny, quick read, full of quirky characters. It was also over the top satirical, and with all subtlety lost, I didn't get to love it.
Dec 06, 2010 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! I have never read anything like this--and am now on a quest for the next Lydia Millet to add to my stack!
Linda rated it it was amazing
Aug 11, 2013
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Alissa Nutting rated it it was amazing
Mar 26, 2008
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China Bialos rated it it was ok
May 18, 2008
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Halley Sutton
Apr 21, 2016 Halley Sutton rated it liked it
Funny but a bit one note.
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Aug 19, 2009
Pierre Corneille
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Lydia Millet is the author of the novels Sweet Lamb of Heaven , Mermaids in Paradise , Ghost Lights (a New York Times Notable Book), Magnificence (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize) and other books. Her story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She lives outside Tucson, Arizona.
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