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The New Republic: A Novel de Lionel Shriver
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The New Republic: A Novel (edició 2012)

de Lionel Shriver (Autor)

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Sent to a Portuguese backwater where a homegrown terrorist movement has recently emerged, foreign correspondent Edgar Kellogg hopes to make a name for himself, but soon discovers that things are not what they seem.
Títol:The New Republic: A Novel
Autors:Lionel Shriver (Autor)
Informació:Harper (2012), Edition: Reprint, 405 pages
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I picked this up to read in lockdown 3 as I usually enjoy Lionel Shriver's novels. For me this novel kept me wanting to read on but wasn't quite as polished as some of her others. The novel is about journalists, never anyone's favourite group of people but Lionel Shriver has decided to depict some highly unlikeable characters. Edgar Kellogg gave up his career as a lawyer to become a journalist and manages to get a posting in a fictional Portuguese backwater, Barba, taking over from Barrington Saddler, a larger than life character who has mysteriously disappeared. He is covering the terrorist activities of a local group calling for independence for the Barba region. For me, the twist in the novel was obvious long before it arrived. Other readers may or may not see it coming. The strong winds of Barba, the dreadful local beer and food and the local politician are all here for fun, as our the journalist conversations. I found plenty to laugh out loud at. As I knew what was coming, I found the novel was almost grinding to a halt around the middle and I wanted it to hurry along. It did eventually pick up a pace and Lionel Shriver pulls something together that is, as ever, insightful and witty. ( )
  CarolKub | Jan 25, 2021 |
I got about seventy pages in after a couple of weeks, and simply did not want to go on. It's regrettable, since I really enjoy most of Shriver's previous works, but I could not get into this novel. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Way too clever ( )
  Faradaydon | Mar 8, 2020 |
My fourth Lionel Shriver and alas my least favorite. Granted, it's three stars - I read the whole thing and was interested each night to get back to the story. But nobody was likeable, least of all the awful main character, who had something snide to say about EVERYONE; and since it was told from his perspective, the over all vibe was relentlessly ugly and negative.

The protagonist, Edgar, switches careers midlife to become a journalist; and he is sent to Portugal to cover a fictional separatist movement. The area and the ethnic group Shriver is writing about are fake; but even so, I winced at her constant disparagement of the environment and its inhabitants - can something be "racist" when the "race" it's taking shots at is entirely fictional? I think so. This is beyond having a nasty protagonist with a tendency to put everyone down - Shriver is the narrator and she's no better than her character.

I'm neglecting to mention a significant part of the plot - the mysterious disappearance of the journalist who preceded Edgar. I guess I didn't much care.

I don't want to give away spoilers; what drove the plot and my interest was how Edgar chose to become involved, at first very peripherally but then more and more directly, in the violence that is at first distant from him, then literally surrounds him. This is what kept me coming back night after night. ( )
  Tytania | Jun 13, 2019 |
Almost from the start I realized that satire isn’t my thing. I spend too much time looking for the joke; am I in on it or is it going over my head? I can’t relax with books like this, but I persevered because I like Shriver’s writing. I do the same thing with Percival Everett, but they both make me feel like I’m too dumb to get what they’re doing.

“Finally, when Edgar was requesting his check, Toby would sashay in, double doors swinging with his dozen disciples, all drunk, loud, and dashingly dressed, infusing this old-man’s-bathrobe of a bar with its original camp, smoking-jacket flash.” p 23

“Already any reference to Barrington Saddler threw Edgar lurching nauseously between opposing inclinations, as if he were careening up switchbacks in a bus. He both longed to discuss this preposterous fellow and to avoid all mention of the man with the same degree of urgency. When he gave in and pursued the subject, he instantly regretted it, the way you curse yourself for having picked a scab.” p 25

“Majority status is no people’s right,” Gluck insisted. “It is an accident, a lucky advantage. Like any advantage you want to hold onto it. But it is typical reasoning of privileged people to assume that just because you have something, ipso facto you deserve it. In truth, this ‘defense of borders’ is naked defense of self-interest - not of justice.” p 73

There’s a lot more like that and Edgar is an engrossing character, but plot-wise there’s not a lot going on and I found the episodes with Barrington as imaginary friend to be a bit trying. It isn’t clear whether the whole thing is a hallucination or a delusion brought on by Edgar’s personally wrecking his house. The other characters are just props, there to fuel Edgar’s reactions, opinions, observations and, most importantly, derision. I can understand his yearning to be the BMOC and I loved Barrington’s explanation of what it’s like to be that person. Ditto with Toby. I’ve known people like them, so have you, and I’ve never given much thought about what it must be like to be the object of so much attention and adulation. Trying, I’m sure, but like being rich or beautiful, us regular people can’t offer much pity or consolation. There’s too much upside to match the downside the rest of us also have to endure. ( )
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An Evelyn Waugh-inspired satire that uses Sept. 11 at its end for a kicker? A comic novel about terrorism featuring a misanthropic hero striving to take credit for deadly bombings around the world? This is the off-putting premise of Lionel Shriver’s very unfunny new novel, “The New Republic.”
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