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The Liberty Campaign

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Gene Trowbridge, a sixty-five-year-old successful advertising executive, fills the days before his retirement assessing his past and considering the future. A deliberate and thoughtful man, Gene lives a solid, peaceful existence with his wife in a genteel Long Island suburb, watching on television the failure of his son Jack's professional baseball career and increasingly ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Gallery Books (first published 1993)
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Sue Smith
Man, I find these 3 star books the hardest to review. The stories are usually ok - thought provoking to be sure - but they generally lack that wow factor that can blow your mind or sweep you into far and wonderous realms or ideas that just stick to your brain for days. These 3-star stories are usually well written and have a subject matter that can, and usually do, equally frustrate and excite you so you want to both praise it for the great parts and pan it for the flaws.

In truth, I found this b
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
The voice of the narrator, a renowned ad man now about to retire, is so dry that there were a few times I nearly gave up on him. But the story of this man and his family, in their wealthy suburb, has a great hook: a neighbor is rumored to be a former torturer from Brazil. Our narrator, Gene, is compelled to find the truth about this man's past. If the rumor turns out to be true, he wants to know more. He wants to know how the man thinks, how he felt during his tenure as a torturer, how he can li ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a very peculiar book. It's a small book, 250 pages maybe, yet a slow read. Slow yet multi-layered. It negotiates four big themes and does so rather well, if only you are kept interested. One is kept interested for large portions because of the author's dry tone, which I thought was awesome. There's a formality of expression, which I don't come across often so I appreciate when I do. Our protagonist, I thought was really unpleasant, but revealed so by degrees. I guess its most prominent p ...more
Uwe Hook
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
"The Liberty Campaign" a very introspection-heavy novel, focusing on the thoughts of a soon-to-be-65 marketing executive. The main character is forced to reconsider his life when faced with his looming retirement, his son's waning career as a professional baseball player, and the discovery that his long time neighbor may or may not be a former Brazilian war criminal in hiding. Though the last item in that list might seem a little shocking it actually gets about the same page count as the other t ...more
Scott Beddingfield
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the writing and the author's introspective voice reminding me a little of Phillip Roth. However I kept waiting for there to be more 'pop', twist or surprise in the story and that never came. Whether with the retirement party speech, revelations about Gene's wife, son or even the neighbor; I was waiting for more. A mash-up between this story and "Gone Girl" for example ... now that gets my 4th or 5th star.
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great take on male relationships (father/son, neighbor to neighbor) and the relative nature of "truth." Meditative, occasionally even slow, perhaps, but I loved every second of it.
MB Lakin
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Impressive first novel.
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Jonathan Dee is the author of six novels. He is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, a frequent contributor to Harper's, and a former senior editor of The Paris Review. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and the New School.
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