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Ed King by David Guterson
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Jan 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: literary-fiction

About halfway through this book, I began to wonder at the bleakness of the novel. Then I realized that it was a re-telling of Oedipus Rex. Ed King. Duh. Guterson skillfully renders this contemporary update of one of the most tragic Greek dramas. We follow the characters from the late 60's up to the present day. The novel verges a bit from tragedy to weave in some playful satire of contemporary society, particularly with our obsession with technology. Ed King, the main character, becomes the owner of a cyber-empire because of a Google-like search engine that he develops. You will also enjoy the Greek chorus of "comments" at the beginning and the end of the novel. Most clever. I wonder, though, if the satire, particularly at the end, tends to take the novel to the realms of high camp. Still, a very enjoyable and well-written novel.
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