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Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne
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Feb 10, 11

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Read in February, 2011

Kapitoil is a warm-hearted, accessible page turner. It's central "joke" - a narrative voice that's a bit foreign-language-malapropism (a la _Everything is Illuminated_) and a bit rational math guy - does not get old. More to the point, it casts the familiar story (it reminded me a lot of Balzac's _Lost Illusions) of the young man coming to Babylon to find adventure, disillusionment, and eventually himself in an engaging and topical light that nonetheless doesn't get bogged down too much with its topicality. And it really is a warm-hearted celebration of decency, which it achieves without sinking into corniness or self-satisfaction.
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