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Enter the Aardvark de Jessica Anthony
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Enter the Aardvark (edició 2020)

de Jessica Anthony (Autor)

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A young congressman discovers a mysterious stuffed aardvark on his doorstep and sets out on a journey to find out what it means in this "weird, wonderful" novel about the secrets we keep from ourselves and their history-shaping consequences (Esquire). It's early one morning on a hot day in August, and millennial congressman Alexander Paine Wilson (R), planning his first reelection campaign and in deep denial about his sexuality, receives a mysterious, over-sized FedEx delivery on his front stoop. Inside is a gigantic taxidermied aardvark. This outrageous, edge-of-your-seat novel hurtles between contemporary Washington, D.C., where Wilson tries to get rid of the unsightly beast before it destroys his career, and Victorian England--where we meet Titus Downing, the taxidermist who stuffed the aardvark, and Richard Ostlet, the naturalist who hunted her. Our present world, we begin to see, has been shaped in profound and disturbing ways by the secret that binds these men. At once a ghost story, a love story, and a stunningly prescient political satire, Enter the Aardvark confronts the consequences of repressed male love meeting oppressive male power, and is a searing condemnation of our current American blindness. It is also that rarest of creatures: a work of art so utterly original and masterfully built that it seems to have spring fully formed from its visionary maker's head.… (més)
Membre:jessicamsmith
Títol:Enter the Aardvark
Autors:Jessica Anthony (Autor)
Informació:Little, Brown and Company (2020), 192 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
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ENTER THE AARDVARK is written by Jessica Anthony.
This title is one of Maine Public Radio’s online ALL BOOKS CONSIDERED Book Club picks for March 2022. A terrific idea and an opportunity to learn about and access works by Maine authors.
“Early one August morning, millennial congressman Alexander Paine Wilson (R) receives a mysterious package in the mail. Inside is an enormous taxidermied aardvark.
What does it mean? Well, everything!
Hurtling from the beginning of the universe to present-day Washington, DC, this astonishing edge-of-your-seat novel is at once a piercing look into the sick heart of our democracy and a profoundly moving meditation on the nature of love, power and evil. In the end you will not only know the meaning of the aardvark, you will see our current reality through new eyes.”

I am having trouble writing a coherent review, so I will just spontaneously jot down my impressions!
I was prepared not to like this book but ended up liking it a lot.
I loved the sketch on the title page - very serene for what was to follow
I loved the introduction - very fine evolutionary prose about aardvarks
Hmmmm - I’ve never really thought about aardvarks before
ENTER THE AARDVARK is funny, hilariously funny, in a very dark way
I learned a lot of crazy info and terms
Our millennial congressman, Alexander Paine Wilson, idolizes Ronald Wilson Reagan
Alexander Paine Wilson is a bachelor who is very unsure and confused about his own sexuality
Alexander Paine Wilson is extremely pretentious in a disturbing, millennial, brand-name sort of way.
I can’t say that taxidermy is a subject I read about or care about (I have never read about it or cared about it) especially in its context as a religion
I dislike Ronald Reagan even more than I did before reading this book. And I have developed a fondness for aardvarks.
in 1875, we meet Sir Richard Ostlet in Namibia
we also meet Titus Downing, taxidermist extraordinaire, in his shop at 24 Victoria Terrace in Royal Leamington Spa (England)
Taxidermy according to Mr. Downing is about LIFE, REBIRTH, a RELIGION
otherwordly visions
is reincarnation possible?
new terms and words I learned about - - - - - -
spontaneous globe luxation’ “a rare but real event. Luxation occurs when the equator of the globe is allowed to protrude anterior to the eyelid aperture” I think it means that one’s eyeballs can pop out of one’s head
plantigrade - a type of locomotion (can’t get that song out of my head now!) ‘walking on the soles of the feet, like a human or bear’
digigrade - a type of locomotion ‘ walking on its toes and not touching the ground with its heels, as a cat, dog or rodent. Humans become digigrade when wearing high heels’
unguligrade - another form of locomotion ‘odd-toed - horses, rhinos, tapirs and even-toed - camels, sheep, deer’
Who knew these words or terms??!!
I liked this book a lot (even though I am a bit confused) and want to thank the author, Jessica Anthony, Maine Public Radio (for its eclectic Book Club pick) and Independent Booksellers everywhere. ***** ( )
  diana.hauser | Mar 5, 2022 |
3.35 This farce unfolds in present-day Washington, DC, and Victorian England. Read my full review here. ( )
  joyblue | Jan 20, 2022 |
this is such a fucking weird book but i think i kind of loved it? i wasn't particularly compelled by it when i started - i found the narrative jumped between the two timelines too quickly for me to get into either of them, but i'm glad i persevered. honestly there were many points where i found this book very annoying - the heavy use of italics in particular got on my nerves - but there were also moments of absolute delight, and i loved that despite being heavily politically aware it kind of leant into the unsubtlety rather than trying to pretend it was anything different. in the end, i read the bulk of it in one sitting, which i do think is how this book should be read. ( )
  i. | Dec 26, 2021 |
Wildly cynical and pretentiously cyclical, but you know what: I liked it. ( )
  bibliovermis | Sep 15, 2021 |
An absolute gem. Rare for something that attempts timely satire to boast such literary flair. An easy recommendation to all and sundry. ( )
  alexrichman | May 31, 2021 |
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A young congressman discovers a mysterious stuffed aardvark on his doorstep and sets out on a journey to find out what it means in this "weird, wonderful" novel about the secrets we keep from ourselves and their history-shaping consequences (Esquire). It's early one morning on a hot day in August, and millennial congressman Alexander Paine Wilson (R), planning his first reelection campaign and in deep denial about his sexuality, receives a mysterious, over-sized FedEx delivery on his front stoop. Inside is a gigantic taxidermied aardvark. This outrageous, edge-of-your-seat novel hurtles between contemporary Washington, D.C., where Wilson tries to get rid of the unsightly beast before it destroys his career, and Victorian England--where we meet Titus Downing, the taxidermist who stuffed the aardvark, and Richard Ostlet, the naturalist who hunted her. Our present world, we begin to see, has been shaped in profound and disturbing ways by the secret that binds these men. At once a ghost story, a love story, and a stunningly prescient political satire, Enter the Aardvark confronts the consequences of repressed male love meeting oppressive male power, and is a searing condemnation of our current American blindness. It is also that rarest of creatures: a work of art so utterly original and masterfully built that it seems to have spring fully formed from its visionary maker's head.

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