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Gary Shteyngart

Autor/a de Super Sad True Love Story

10+ obres 8,801 Membres 363 Ressenyes 14 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad, which is now St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1972. He moved to the United States seven years later with his family. He received a bachelor's degree in politics from Oberlin College in Ohio and an MFA in creative writing from City University of New York. His debut mostra'n més novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His other works include Absurdistan, Super Sad True Love Story, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, and Little Failure: A Memoir. He has taught writing at Hunter College, Columbia University, and Princeton University. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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Obres de Gary Shteyngart

Super Sad True Love Story (2010) 2,985 exemplars, 134 ressenyes
Absurdistan (2006) 2,430 exemplars, 79 ressenyes
The Russian Debutante's Handbook (2003) 1,562 exemplars, 29 ressenyes
Little Failure: A Memoir (2014) 732 exemplars, 61 ressenyes
Lake Success (2018) 551 exemplars, 33 ressenyes
Our Country Friends (2021) 536 exemplars, 27 ressenyes
Shylock on the Neva 1 exemplars

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I really enjoyed this novel even if it did take me much too long to register “Dee Cameron” -> Decameron. Paying homage to Boccaccio and Chekhov, here we have a group of friends gathering together at a secluded country estate outside NYC as Covid descends upon the city. The characters are mostly immigrants and children of immigrants, uncomfortably situated in a country symbolized by the abandoned and decaying International Children’s Camp nearby and its seeming replacement by menacing black pickup trucks and white supremacist slogans on the flags, bumpers, and tattooed bodies of the locals.

While the outside menace, both viral and human, hovers in the background and occasionally intervenes directly, it’s really the comic and pathetic interactions of this group of people that dominate the novel up until the final pages. They lust and ache for each other in ways physical, fraternal, spousal, and parental. They are petty and they are generously warm hearted. Shteyngart very funnily sends himself up as the character of Sasha Senderovsky, aka “the landowner”, once a successful novelist but now a struggling screenwriter known as “Return to Sender” by his would-be benefactor because of all the unsatisfactory scripts he sends in.

In the end it’s not a great Shteyngartian satire or the Great Pandemic Novel as much as it is a surprisingly humane (and comic, yes) novel about people, which is pretty much my favorite kind of novel.

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lelandleslie | Hi ha 26 ressenyes més | Feb 24, 2024 |
I wanted to like this, as it's clever and sort of dazzling, in a writerly pyrotechnics kind of way, but I didn't care one whit about any of the characters. Alas.
fmclellan | Hi ha 26 ressenyes més | Jan 23, 2024 |
I started out enjoying the writing and the humor. I got tired of the characters and was bored with the second half of the book.
ellink | Hi ha 26 ressenyes més | Jan 22, 2024 |
So I'm thinking this is a fun book, if a little overblown in its dystopian warnings, and then I see this article in the Atlantic (The Rise of the New Global Elite) and as I'm reading it, it strikes me that it's basically talking about High Net Worth Individuals vs. Low Net Worth Individuals and I start to feel a little sick. So maybe I should start taking Gary Shteyngart more seriously.

Still, this book did not do it for me. I didn't find it particularly funny or poignant or awesome. I didn't hate it, but I'd say that best thing about it is the cover design. The second best thing is the title. The third best thing is collection of hilarious brand names Shteyngart made up (AssLuxury, JuicyPussy4Men, etc.). The fourth best thing is the idea of credit poles. Can I walk potential boyfriends past those?! JBF.

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LibrarianDest | Hi ha 133 ressenyes més | Jan 3, 2024 |



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