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The Miracle Inspector by Helen  Smith
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Jul 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: other-worlds, arc

Smith writes with such a dark humor, it's difficult to not laugh and cringe at the same time. It seems like familiar territory in the beginning of this book.Its a bleak future,for sure, especially for women. All jobs are held by men, but seriously?a Minister of Cats? to make sure there are enough cats and everyone that wants one has one? That's how absurd this world has become. ( I personally think it might be a good idea?)
What would it be like to live in a world, that controlled your ability to visit your neighbor, or even a member of your family? What if you could not leave your house without permission? That means paperwork, Mountains of paperwork. That's what it's like for Anglea. She feels like a prisoner in her own home. But that is what life is like in London. Even poetry has been forced underground, so an aged family friend, Jesmond, best known for setting all the animals in the London Zoo free at one point, drifts from one clandestine poetry slam to another looking for acolytes and alcohol, as he's been doing for decades.
Lucas, Angela's husband works for the Ministey as The Miracle Inspector, debunking "miracles" . He spends most of his time pushing paper and wishing there were a way that he and his wife could escape this bleak existence, and head for the coast, perhaps a nice cottage at the beach? Lucas has no reccollecrion of how life was before the partition, "It was difficult to imagine that the flaking yellow or red lines still visible along the edge of some of the streets he drove through, or the zebra stripes that spanned them had once had some purpose other than purely decorative" .
His co-workers frustrate him, Jones, head of security who secretly films his own wife at home, in the shower, and Jenkins who has the IQ of a bag of hair,who delt with the cat issue, just intensify his desire to " get out of Dodge". When he is sent to investigate a so called miracle his mind wanders so far he can't even figure out what the miracle actually is and somehow gets himself and Angela more involved with the situation than he should.
Lives collies in unlikely ways, and a permanent vacation to the beach isn't looking good.

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