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Добре дошли вдругиден. В Ню Йорк на много близкото бъдеще, така, както го вижда Гари Щейнгарт, доларът се изчислява спрямо китайския юан, а Лени Абрамов – мъж на средна възраст със сравнително добра кредитоспособност, но с изключително нисък и обществено достъпен рейтинг на своя сексапил, е влюбен в младата Юнис Парк. Като повечето клиенти на своя работодател – отдел „След ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published January 21st 2013 by Colibri (first published July 6th 2010)
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David
May 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spurned
Gary Shteyngart has failed me. True, he probably wasn't aware that he had a responsibility to me, personally, but (in most cultures) ignorance of the law is seldom sufficient cause to dismiss the crime.

Shteyngart's crime is that he has written what appears to be an awful book. (I say 'what appears to be' because I didn't have the heart to finish it.*) Yes, as you well know, countless other writers have committed the same crime -- some even more gruesomely -- but most of these capital offenses w
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Kemper
Oh, did I read this book at the exact wrong time of my life.

It's about a thirty-nine year old guy who is quickly losing what small traces of cool he ever had to middle-age as he is relentlessly mocked by a youth culture that finds him old, disgusting and out of touch.

I’m forty, very nearly forty-one. I don‘t like Twitter. I don’t know who half the celebrities referenced in the news are any more. (What the hell is a Snooki??) I got a painful case of bursitis seconds after turning forty that last
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Will Byrnes
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Updated August 2, 2013 - see cool extra links at bottom

By reading this review you are denying its existence and implying your agreement with its contents.

Gary Shteyngart takes a peek twenty minutes into the future. No shades required. His alter-ego, Lenny Abramov, is a 39-year-old slacker busily wasting his employer’s time and money attempting (or not) to sell to rich Europeans a life-lengthening process that is two parts nanotechnology and three parts bullshit. While hardly at it in Rome, he m
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Casey
Dec 08, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
03/10/17 - Seven years later, my review is apparently still very popular. Take THAT, people who thought they left their marks via important, world-changing accomplishments!

Re: my feelings on his portrayal of immigrants and how they write - I'm descended from a million generations of hill folk white people who have been in America for over 300 years, and my closest immigrant experience relates to my Irish grandparents who died before I was born and spoke English. I know nothing about how immigran
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Ryan
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever been so happy to finish a book.

It's not that Super Sad True Love Story is a bad or boring book. It's quite intelligent and it's often funny (perhaps 'witty' would be a better adjective for a New York Times darling like Shteyngart). However, this book is just super sad. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the working title was "super, super, sad story."

Shteyngart has created a "dystopian" America, but readers won't have to try very hard to find the targets of this satire.
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

Holy shitsnacks! What a snoozefest!

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Super Sad True Love Story is not a book I’d normally choose to read, but since I needed a final selection in order to complete my library’s Winter Reading Challenge I picked it up. Dear Library Winter Reading Challenge: I should cut you!

I WASTED THREE DAYS OF MY LIFE THAT I WILL NEVER GET BACK ON THIS BOOK. I’M GOING TO SPOIL THE SHIT OUT OF THIS MOTHERF*&^%R!!!!!

I’m fairly certain I’ll be accus
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Grace Tjan
BookFiendUSA: I see that you’ve been reading Super Sad True Love Story. Cute title, big hype. What’s it about?

SandyBanks1971: It’s about this guy, Lenny Abramov, second-generation Russian Jewish-American, who is in his “very late thirties” and very bothered about it. He thinks that’s he’s a RAG who can’t get the girl anymore, and a failure in his job to get HNWIs to buy his company’s “life extension” programs.

BookFiendUSA: I know that HNWI is High Net Worth Individual --- but what the hell is a
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James
May 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite quote was "In short I felt paternal and aroused, which is not a good combination."
I wish I could meet Gary Shteyngart just to tell him to stay the fuck away from my daughter.

Short version: it's unrelatable. Don't read it.

I found this book through a blog post where the author used quotes from SSTLS to describe how he felt he was less and less creative every year since graduating college, a feeling with which I could sympathize, but the main character and story are unrelatable. There a
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Dana
Aug 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is speculative fiction that is completely on target when it comes to current feelings about the Internet, economics, politics AND youth culture. It’s like Shteyngart took Jaron Lanier’s “You Are Not a Gadget,” all your worst nightmares about the Tea Party, your yuppie friends who keep their faces buried in their iPhones at the bar, your recent revelation that Facebooking is the loneliest part of your day, and your strict immigrant parents, and wrote a love story.

The part that tickles me th
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Fabian
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
wow WoW WOW!

Mightily Impressed with this modern classic. Finally, someone with the guts to paint our beloved NYC in a perpetually negative, apocalyptic light. (Is Gary Shteyngart the only one to do this, ever?)

Romance in war in an alternative reality of modern(ish) day America--so hard to pull off and yet it is done masterfully. Astute prose, the PERFECT details that are needed in a posh novel of the 2010's, leaves the sophisticated reader breathless, more--fully flabbergasted. You cannot quit
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K.D. Absolutely
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 10 Best Novels of 2010
My current best friend in the office is a half-Chinese lady. She, just like most Chinese in the Philippines, is proud of her Chinese blood. I cannot blame her. Chinese businessmen rule the economy of the country. Even the sitting president has Chinese blood in his veins. In short, pure Filipinos accept the fact that having to exist, or even to work for, with their fellow Filipinos with Chinese blood is a non-issue. In most cases, those Chinese-Filipinos are even better in mathematics and in runn ...more
Nicholas Montemarano
Here's my favorite passage from this novel:

"The elephant knows there is nothing after this life and very little in it... he who will eventually trample his way through bush and scrub to lie down and die where his mother once trembled at her haunches to give him life."

Wonderful, moving.

But now it's time to be real...

Let me preface my criticism with a cliche I believe to be mostly true: When you judge someone or something, you're really revealing something about yourself.

So, here goes: This novel
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Laura
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who think "social web" is making us all dumber
Recommended to Laura by: The Google
I'm distressed to even be writing a review on one of the many social networking sites that consume us now given the bleak future such activity is leading us towards. If you ask people to friend you or if you use text as a verb, you should skip this book. If you ponder which designer to wear or carry will make the best impression to others, skip this book. If you find "joy" in "communicating" via something you typed by thumb or via some shallow site like Facebook, then there probably just isn't a ...more
Glee
Apr 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cannot finish. Super gross whiny execution of pretty good idea (observations of a society obsessed with illiterate twenty-somethings who can't put down their smart-phonish "apparats" long enough to make eye contact). Gross middle-aged guy pursuing 86 pound teenager and seems only to engage in oral sex with the kind of detail I can live without. At least for the first 100 pages or so. I quit. One of those truly weird experiences...every paragraph, every page so blisteringly achingly funny and obs ...more
Meg
Dec 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Meg by: The NY Times, Guardian
This book only gets a star because the fact that I like words coincides with the fact that it contained words.

It is a poorly imagined vision of the near future (one from which Shteyngart apparently already feels alienated, but not in an existential Orwellian way). Essentially, he just observes the virtual, consumer-driven culture we live in now and replaces the word Blackberry/iPhone/mobile with "äppärät" - which is also apparently Russian for "the machinery of state authority" (see what he did
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nostalgebraist
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, modern-lit
Well, Uh, Jeez

This isn't really "four stars" at all -- it's more like a superposition between one star and five stars. Yesterday I said this book was "33% clever, funny and accomplished, 17% moving and possibly profound, 25% banal and lazy, 25% creepy, onanistic and self-congratulatory." That is still roughly true, though I might jiggle the percentages a bit now. So I think my attitude can only be expressed in some good/bad dialectic:

The Good: Well, to start out, it's really funny. My favorite b
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Rayroy
Jun 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-bad-cuz
Worst Book Ever!

Hated Lenny and his old hipster pals so much that I didn't enjoy, an otherwise good read. It seems Gary Shetyngat, wrote this book for smug "New York Times" reading intellectuals who are ashamed of thier own farts, don't own a T.V., tell people at cocktail parties how they would never eat Funyuns,refuse to shop at Wal-Mart but shop at Target, who are always the first to buy the new iphone 5 whatever the fuck it is now. This was overrated and a waste because while the idea of th
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Huy
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sách gì mà buồn chết bỏ, buồn đau đớn đến tận tâm can, nỗi buồn nào cũng đánh ngay thẳng vào tim vì chúng quá thật.
Cuốn sách thuộc thể loại dystopia đặt thế giới vào một tương lai gần nhưng cảm giác như thể cách chúng ta có vài bước chân. Nỗi buồn vì chủ nghĩa vật chất lên ngôi, nỗi buồn về một thế giới rệu rã sắp đến hồi cáo chung, nỗi buồn về nỗi cô đơn trong đô thị rộng lớn, nỗi buồn vì sự hữu hạn của đời sống và vô tình của thời gian, nỗi buồn vì yêu và tình dục trong thời đại số hóa trở nê
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Emma
edit: downgrading this to one star, because I was thinking about this book today and all I can really remember is how much I hated it.

I doubt I would have finished this if it wasn't required reading for a class.

It was a bizarre mashup of American consumerism, societal decay, obsession with technology, the search for immortality, and depressing relationships that I wasn't able to get into.

My main issue with this novel was really the main characters, though. I just couldn't bring myself to care ab
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Laura Leaney
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: John Arfwedson
This book is a somewhat frightening vision of future America – one controlled by the police, owned by China (everything is “yuan-pegged”), manipulated by corporate retail, and slavishly beholden to youth culture. The protagonist, Lenny Abramov, a reader of actual paper books (smelly!) vacillates between the sharp fearsome knowledge that he’s becoming old and unnecessary and cynical self-awareness that he’s still superior to the vast majority of idiots who are part of the hip crowd. Regardless, h ...more
Melissa
This was one of the greatest novels I've read in some time.

Shteyngart is so clever and creative and, as Eunice in this book would say, "brain smart," that he actually makes me realize I'm probably not cut out to be a writer myself. The book is a painfully believable vision of the not-too-distant future. Every parody of modern life is spot on -- the disintegrated language, the vapid culture, the obsession with wealth and longevity, America's crumbling economy and world standing caused by ongoing
...more
Alex
May 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are into Asian girls and don't think that's racist
We were arguing about John Updike the other day, about how he "persists in the bizarre, adolescent belief that getting to have sex with whomever one wants whenever one wants to is a cure for human despair."* And now here's Shteyngart's protagonist, who looks like and is the same age as Shteyngart, with his much-younger girlfriend who looks "like a poster child for eternity":

"'I'm worried about dying,' I said.
'And she makes you feel young?' Grace said.
'She makes me feel bald.'"

I feel like Shteyng
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Michael
Super Sad True Love Story is a novel set in a very near future—oh, let’s say next Tuesday—where the world is dominated by Media and Retail. The story is centred on a thirty nine year Russian immigrant, Lenny, and what could likely be the world’s last diary. As well as the object of his affection; Eunice, who has her side of the story to by a collection of e-mail correspondences on her "GlobalTeens" account.

While this may be a story of a modern relationship; there is so much more in the novel wor
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Charity
May 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suckers
Shelves: first-reads
Upon finishing this novel, I rushed on to Goodreads expecting to see a ton of scathing reviews for this suckfest of a book. Imagine my surprise and dismay finding myself in the overwhelming minority of Super Sad True Love Story Haters. Well, too bad. I'm calling it like it is...

The emperor has no clothes!

This book sucks aaaaaaaaaaassssssssssss. Nothing redeemable. Nothing entertaining. Nothing worth my time. All the critics are total whores and I feel snowed for reading this. I am extremely glad
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christa
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gary Shteyngart's fuckability levels must be off the chart right now. If he were to walk past a credit pole, numbers that rival elite college standard SAT scores blink in his wake. He might even be considered a candidate for eternal life, according to the Post Human Services division of the Staatling-Wapachung Corporation -- if he drinks his green tea and veers clear of trans fats.

Gary Shteyngart is so hot right now. He's a newly-minted member of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" club; Every bit of
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Monica
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, genrex
I want to talk about this with people. And not on Facebook, because now that seems completely counterproductive.

I never ever want to live in this world. Or know any of these people. Fast read and entertaining, once I got through the structure and world creation. Dystopia has a tendency to edge into silly for me, but I really had a good time with this. 3.5 stars.
Krok Zero
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2010
Full of promise in the early going, with at least one truly inspired scene of grimly comic futurism. But man does this thing go down in flames. I can't imagine anyone giving a shit about the titular love story, and the satire gets less and less convincing. Fail.
Bill Dauster
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Super Sad True Love Story” is a clever, trenchant satire of our near future, poking fun at homeland security, social network communication, corporate culture, the degradation of language, youth obsession, first-generation-immigrant sensibilities, delusions of inferiority, religious observance, the coarsening of fashion, fiscal irresponsibility, privatization of state functions, bipartisanship, our portable computers, and senseless infatuation. None comes out unassailed. Shteyngart does it all w ...more
Adrianne Mathiowetz
For the record, I made it to page 116.

Shteyngart put a lot of effort into being funny, here, and sometimes it's almost painful, like being in an audience of 3 at an open mic stand-up attempt. You want to laugh because clearly he wants you to laugh, but -- guys, this book is mad depressing. And I'm guessing that's part of the point -- that he's inventing this future dystopia that, surprise, is nearly exactly our current dystopia OH SHIT, but unlike most dystopian novels that get the youth riled u
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Elizabeth
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: los angeles media whores
Shelves: 2011
This book started out with a bang, quick-witted, fast-paced writing involving a futuristic America whose scenarios are not a lot different than some of the possible scenarios I picture in my head for our future. America's bankrupt with checkpoints at every block and given in to all encompassing youth and retail without an iota of pretense, where you walk by poles that announce your credit rating, where girls wear onion skin jeans and where we all have apparat's, ipad like devices, that constantl ...more
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Gary Shteyngart is an American writer born in Leningrad, USSR (he alternately calls it "St. Leningrad" or "St. Leninsburg"). Much of his work is satirical and relies on the invention of elaborately fictitious yet somehow familiar places and times.

His first novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook (2002), received the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award.
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