Tag: Satirical

Kurt Vonnegut – Jailbird | Review

Title: Jailbird

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 240

Rating: 3/5

This book is a satirical novel that ties back in with the Watergate scandal, and because of that I struggled with it from time to time purely because I’m not particularly familiar with that particular part of American history. I’ve never liked Nixon, but he was also in power a long time before I was born and so it almost feels like it doesn’t matter.

Still, there was some fun stuff here, mostly revolving around Vonnegut’s wry observations and his occasional excellent one-liners. Because it’s also a sort of fictionalised biography of sorts, it also reminded me quite a lot of my own current work-in-progress, which follows the career of a fictional band. It has that same vibe where you have to optimise between showing and telling because while showing is an understandably good practice to have, you also need to tell sometimes to progress the narrative.

I’d say that I mostly appreciated this book from a writing point of view rather than because I particularly enjoyed it, but I think there’s a place for books like that on my shelves and I’m glad that I finally read this, especially considering it’s been on my shelves for several years now just waiting for me to finally tick it off. And to think that it took less than 48 hours. I feel kinda silly now!

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Leavis Carroll – Alice in Brexitland | Review

Title: Alice in Brexitland

Author: Leavis Carroll

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 102

Rating: 4/5

 

Leavis Carroll - Alice in Brexitland

Leavis Carroll – Alice in Brexitland

 

This is basically a Brexit/Trump themed parody of Alice in Wonderland, right down to Lewis Carroll’s famous nonsense poetry. It’s interesting because it managed to take something pretty depressing and to make it all a lot of fun, and seeing Nigel Farage as a Cheshire cat was particularly amusing.

Because it takes on Trump as well, there’s also plenty here for American readers too. It’s satirical and still relevant, though only just. If you want to read it, read it now.

 

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll

 

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