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The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil (2005 original; edició 2005)

de George Saunders (Autor)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. In a profoundly strange country called Inner Horner, large enough for only one resident at a time, citizens waiting to enter the country fall under the rule of the power-hungry and tyrannical Phil, setting off a chain of injustice and mass hysteria. An Animal Farm for the 21st century, this is an incendiary political satire of unprecedented imagination, spiky humor, and cautionary appreciation for the hysteric in everyone. Over six years in the writing, and brilliantly and beautifully packaged, this novella is Saunders' first stand-alone, book-length work--and his first book for adults in five years.  … (més)
Membre:MysteryTea
Títol:The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
Autors:George Saunders (Autor)
Informació:Riverhead Books (2005), Edition: Illustrated, 134 pages
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
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The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil de George Saunders (2005)

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This story certainly hits all the George Saunders rhythms - it's funny, surreal, melancholy, yet hopeful all at once - but it's not his best work. I don't really understand why this was published as a standalone piece, especially compared to stories like "Sea Oak" or "Semplica Girl Diaries." ( )
  doryfish | Aug 20, 2021 |
Well it's not exactly subtle. Written in Saunders's more absurd mode (yes, such a thing exists), this satire is ok but not great. There's not much new here beyond the particular absurdities of the story. I more or less like it because I'm generally a big fan of Saunders, but this to me is more a curiosity than essential reading. If it had another author's name on it, I would probably have written if off as a waste of time (but I can't bear to give Saunders fewer than three stars). It is, at least, short. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
I would give this book lots more than 5 stars, if they were available in Goodreads' rating system.

It is so short that to describe it would almost be to re-write it. But I was hooked at the very first page. It should be made into a movie, a cartoon, a billboard, a meme, an inspirational poster . . . you get my drift. Laugh out loud satire, appropriate for ages from toddler to grandma, that should make us all continually look closely at ourselves and our thoughts about others. ( )
  Phyllis.Mann | Mar 18, 2020 |
Well, that was something. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Feb 11, 2019 |
This is just a short novella that it totally over the top. It is a fable that touches on politics, the press, and a made up crisis. Although written years ago, this book represents Phil(the leader in the book) in a way that really mimics Trump. As with all of Saunder's writings, it is very creative and to me very funny. Because it is somewhat science fiction, Saunders is able to take many liberties in his character creation. His description of power and politics is spot on. If you have never read Saunders then you are missing out on one of the great writers of our time. This short(130 pages) novella is a perfect introduction. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Nov 23, 2018 |
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It's one thing to be a small country, but the country of Inner Horner was so small only one Inner Hornerite at a time could fit inside, and the other six Inner Hornerites had to wait their turns to live in their own country while standing very timidly in the surrounding country of Outer Horner.
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. In a profoundly strange country called Inner Horner, large enough for only one resident at a time, citizens waiting to enter the country fall under the rule of the power-hungry and tyrannical Phil, setting off a chain of injustice and mass hysteria. An Animal Farm for the 21st century, this is an incendiary political satire of unprecedented imagination, spiky humor, and cautionary appreciation for the hysteric in everyone. Over six years in the writing, and brilliantly and beautifully packaged, this novella is Saunders' first stand-alone, book-length work--and his first book for adults in five years.  

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