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Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
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Nov 17, 2008

it was ok

Read this one on the strength of several great reviews...and learned never to read a book simply on the strength of several great reviews. Not poorly written, but the author's attempts at self-deprecating humor came across as more self-indulgent than anything else. The main character (an obvious riff on Ignatius Reilly) never gained my sympathy as a reader despite Shteyngart's best intentions. Overall, it simply didn't sit well with me and stopped being fun to read after the first 100 pages or so. Had I not been reading it for a book club, I probably would have bailed out halfway through.
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Didi Sounds like the problem with Super Sad True Love Story too.


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