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In Percival Everett's sixth book of dark, comic moralizing on the fate of the planet, its people, and the absurd Meaning of It All, readers are taken into the pitiable life of Alice Achitophel, a grotesquely obese government clerk, social outcast, and, apparently, the world's only fertile woman in the aftermath of worldwide nuclear holocaust. The ultimate question is human ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Permanent Press (NY) (first published January 1990)
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Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
An early Everett. Definitely putting the dis in dystopia. In this darkly imagined future women are sterilized and the planet's population is more or less waiting to expire. There are rebels who seem to carve a marginal existence outside the City. And into their midst rumbles protagonist Alice Achitophel when she conceives. She never obeyed the sterility summons and is morbidly obese to boot. Raped by a stranger, she believes herself pregnant and is led to a rebel camp. There she blows up (litera ...more
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a really strange book, from early in Everett's career. Visionary is the best word to describe it. The story takes leaps that a reader may not be prepared to take unless he/she is interested in following an author's imagistic intuition. It sometimes feels as if Everett is mapping his subconscious, in a manner more often associated with poetry than with fiction. Most good novelists do it too, just less brazenly than here. In my opinion, it's worth the ride. The plot is post-apocalyptic, a ...more
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Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this early Percival Everett. We have a society where there are no children, no overweight people, women are sterilized by the government and everywhere exists on government cheese. And of course we have rebels. Everett writes a tale that will make you take a close look at humanity and what it means to be human.
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Percival L. Everett (born 1956) is an American writer and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

There might not be a more fertile mind in American fiction today than Everett’s. In 22 years, he has written 19 books, including a farcical Western, a savage satire of the publishing industry, a children’s story spoofing counting books, retellings of the Greek myths
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