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Preview — The Savage Girl by Alex Shakar
The Savage Girl
In the wake of her sister Ivy's widely publicized suicide attempt, Ursula Van Urden arrives in the metropolis of Middle City with hopes of starting her own life anew. In an attempt to understand the events leading up to her sister's breakdown, Ursula meets Ivy's mysterious boyfriend, Chas Lacouture, and joins his trendspotting firm, Tomorrow, Ltd. Armed with only a sketch...more
To my great pleasure, the novel turned out to be not only very relevant ...more
La casa editrice potrebbe, a torto, farvi pensare ad un libro di fantascienza, ma così non è se non nel senso strettissimo del termine, e cioè quello di scienza fantastica o teorie applicate dai nuovi guru del marketing: i trendspotter.
In questo caso la parola sta ad indicare un gruppo di persone, i protagonisti poi del romanzo, tesi alla ricerca ed all'individuazione ...more
Under the wing of the D ...more
Maybe all people involved in marketing become soulless robots who look at consumers as witless marks to be conned into buying crap. Perhaps that was the point?
Ivy Van Urden was on a fast t ...more
Irresistibly funny and smart, Alex Shakar’s “The Savage Girl”, is a great blend of genres, throwing in elements of fantasy and science fiction into a briskly paced fictional exploration of marketing that is written in a literary style which resembles Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon, while also evoking Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jose Luis Borges in its reliance on magical realism. It’s also a fine satirical critique of popular culture as ...more
Boy, these characters are hateful. Wouldn't want to go to a party or have a conversation with any of them.
I know it's supposed to be satirical, but the humor is slim and grim. I also felt like the author was giving the read ...more
it left a mark on me because it's so true in such a grotesque way. they try to market anything new, foresee the new trend that will not only affect fashion, but lifestyles. it's about affecting the entire person. everything
reminds me of genuine feelings. such an awkward story, an awkward lo ...more
you get the feeling the author hones in on all your senses and satiates them completely, puts himself in your shoes and forces you in everyone elses -- people watching and trendspotting, being perceptively aware of others surfaces and depths
every chapter's symbolism is rampant, injecting a car alarms pattern into an annoying situation and forcing you to feel it and deal with it, but conclusively "perfecting the love of human ...more
In 1996, Shakar won the National Fiction Competition and received Pick of the Year from the Independent Presses for City in Love. The Savage Girl was cho ...more