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2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America
by Albert Brooks
by Albert Brooks
Jun 21, 11
Read in June, 2011
This is one of those books that will give you the confidence to write one of your own. Simply take 30-40 minutes out of your day and scribble out several 2-page chapters where you exaggerate all the scare tactics you hear on the nightly news and voila!!! you'll have your very own dystopian novel before you know it! What you won't have is the promotional blitzkrieg that Mr. Brooks had to promote his novel on The Colbert Report, various NPR shows, including "Talk of the Nation," "All Things Considered," "Market Place" and enough other respected media outlets to dupe someone like me into reading this tepid tale. It's not that this book is hard to get through. It reminded me very much of the film "Greenberg," where a bunch of ultimately worthless characters pleasantly hold your attention for an extended period of time only to leave you wondering, "what was the fucking point?" And at the risk of sounding anti-Semitic, I must admit that I found it somewhat absurd for him to paint his president character as being persecuted for his Jewish heritage. His narrative makes no mention of any bigotry that exists 20 years from now towards African Americans, Hispanics, Asians or any other ethnic group other than that of his own ethnic background (as well as bigotry towards the elderly- which is the lone provocative theme of the novel.) To be fair, antisemitism may very well exist 20 years from now (especially if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not resolved.) My main beef with this book is that Brooks is just so short-sighted in his vision of the future. He merely amplifies his own personal fears and frustrations rather than imagine some more unique possibilities. Ironically, a Brooks author with a much more thoroughly thought-out vision of the future would be Max Brooks' "World War Z" and that has zombies in it!
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