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Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
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really liked it

There is something very credible and chilling about this contemporary dystopia. (Are they coming back into fashion again now that the world seems crazier than ever and the satirists seem the sanest?) This at times funny, crude, brutal book layers it on thick, in a New York in the throes of cultural and institutional collapse.

At one level it's just what it says on the tin. A love triangle story. But it has depths and richness, a delight in its knowing superficiality, that makes it so much more.
Rampant capitalism and its aggressive and unbeatable logic are the target here. But no longer is it the dollar that rules. Instead the mighty yuan controls all it surveys.

And so it's hard to miss the wide variety of connections and resonances with the real world. Like all the best fictional universes, this parallel helps us see our own far more clearly. And it's not a pretty sight...

A fascinating and gripping read
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Reading Progress

April 30, 2017 – Started Reading
April 30, 2017 – Shelved
May 15, 2017 – Finished Reading

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