Eleanor Merritt, a do-gooding American family-planning worker, was drawn to Kenya to improve the lot of the poor. Unnervingly, she finds herself falling in love with the beguiling Calvin Piper despite, or perhaps because of, his misanthropic theories about population control and the future of the human race. Surely, Calvin whispers seductively in Eleanor's ear, if the poo...more
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This reads like the first novel of a 21 y/o former teen bully who thinks that the fact she went on a gap year to Kenya is so interesting it supersedes the requirements of other novels, namely a plot, anyone to root for, decent research or non-laziness in general.
Almost all Shriver novels suffer in the above departments, it’s worth pointing out. In order to scour her books for her insights and hard truths that you know but that no one will say, delivering relief and kinship, you h ...more
There can't be many novels written entirely about demography so top marks both for originality and research. It got me thinking about a school geography project I did 35 years ag ...more
To begin with, this novel is about two things, arguably in equal doses. First, the relationship between warm-hearted, Goody Two Shoes, "I am a burden ...more
Where I got lost was in the extreme research detail that Shriver uses at times. I was listening to the audiobook, and I ...more
In her novel, "Game Control," Shriver's lead characters are a thirty-eight-year old woman who works with a family planning organization in Africa and a disgraced researcher of population control who is plotting ways to drastically alter the steep incline of growth in the Third World. The material presented is dense, with Shri ...more
However, if you're reading this for a well-researched, incisive, and refreshingly politically incorrect discussion of population control, you won't be disappoint ...more
Lionel Shriver, a North Carolina-born woman living in London, presents a grimly amusing, though-provoking, seriously frightening look at population control, AIDS in Africa, and wildly contradictory research centering around a man named Calvin Piper — who wants to kill two billion people (all over the social and political map) for the benefit of humanity — and the female family-planning worker, El ...more
I am nearly through with this and I can say that I have mixed feelings. I love Lionel Shriver and will give anything she writes a go. I think I have Hallie to blame for this fixation, as she got me started with The Post-Birthday World, which is deeply affecting. I ca ...more
Eleanor Merrit, an American working in Kenya as a family planner, sincerely wants to improve the lives of the poor in this country. She gets emotionally involved and attached to Calvin Piper, fellow American who is obsessed with demograp ...more
This book is based around the concept of overpopulation, and what, if anything should be done about it. I found the characters interesting and entertaining, and although they were on opposite sides ...more
If you read this book, please read it as a Socratic dialogue. None of these characters are meant to be three-dimensional people. Th ...more
This book was written in 1994, before family planning was firmly situated within a human rights framework and before HIV was transformed f ...more