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Valeria's Last Stand by Marc Fitten
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May 01, 2009

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I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Having now finished it, the best rating I can give it is average. The story overall largely reads as a crazy love square/quadrangle of aging Hungarians. The tale spares no details in their sexual escapades, nor does it have a shortage of other "colorful" language. The main character Valeria is an entertaining one who undergoes an intense personality change through the course of the book.

However, what kept me interested was the secondary story regarding socialism and the people's newfound experiences and struggles with capitalism. Early on in the book, Valeria's character, while scrubbing steps, thinks to herself, "the capitalists ran roughshod over everything. They left nothing untouched or undefiled. Even the insignificant succumbed to market pressure. Things as inconsequential as her favorite Brazilian soap operas were being interrupted with screaming ads for French douches and toilet paper! Why? Who allowed that? What was the point of it? How did screaming commercials- decibels louder than the program itself- make a democracy?"

An interesting read for those who enjoy complicated romance stories with a bit of history and politics.

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