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Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
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Apr 16, 2007

did not like it
Recommended for: Any liberal hippie who is a sucker for every argument against American values

Although I appreciate Shteyngart's abilities as a writer, I will always disagree with anti-American literature. Animal Farm for the War in Iraq, Absurdistan is a politically crafted satire about what every bleeding-heart liberal claims is "wrong" with America...it's foreign relations. The novel is 330 pages worth of sarcasm towards everything "Western", whose ultimate shtick is a portrayal of America's attempts to spread democracy to backwards countries as, essentially, butting into other people's business. Although his book received critical praise, Shteyngart shows me nothing new hear -- just more liberal ranting about how American foreign relations is evil. The analogies and pop-culture satires clearly are made by a pretentious intelligent who thinks he's hipper than he actually is. Don't even pick it up.

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