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 poor...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
To begin with, this novel is about two things, arguably in equal doses. First, the relationship between warm-hearted, Goody Two Shoes, "I am a burden ...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
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
Eleanor Merrit, an American working in Kenya as a family planner, sincerely wants to improve the lives of the poor in this country. She gets emotionally involved and attached to Calvin Piper, fellow American who is obsessed with demograp ...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
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
To me, I don't think it's written well, making it hard to follow, which further decreased my interest in a book that I already just found dull and boring, not to mention really quite twisted...
Altogether, Game Control was definitely not the book I was expecting it to be.