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The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047 Kindle Edition
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Praise for THE MANDIBLES: A Family, 2029–2047
‘As ever, Shriver cuts close to the bone! . . . Distinctly chilling’ Independent
‘A tale that fizzes with ideas and jokes . . . the comedy is pitch black’ The Times
‘Shriver is fast becoming the go-to novelist for some of the big issues . . . breezy, mordantly comic . . . if the test of a futuristic novel is its eerie proximity to the present, this passes with flying colours’ Daily Mail
‘Impressively sweeping… Shriver’s intelligence, mordant humour and vicious leaps of imagination all combine to make this a novel that is as unsettling as it is entertaining in its portrait of the cataclysmic unravelling of the American dream’ Financial Times
‘The stuff of nightmares . . . Shriver cleverly balances tragedy with black comedy’ Sunday Express
‘It's scaring the hell out of me’ TRACY CHEVALIER
‘Shriver is as brilliant, funny and incisive as ever’ Woman and Home
‘A scary, depressing and convincing horror story, akin to reading about teetering on the edge of a precipice while actually teetering on the edge of a precipice’ Spectator
‘Insightful and darkly funny’ Good Housekeeping
‘Her verve and ambition are impressive . . . Few writers since William Gaddis in his brilliant JR have had the chutzpah to take on America’s particular money madness’ Mail on Sunday--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0152XGO18
- Publisher : The Borough Press (12 May 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1191 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 529 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 000756077X
- Best Sellers Rank: 61,095 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Unable to import or export goods to the rest of a world that doesn’t want to trade using the US dollar, America faces hyper inflation and anarchy ensues.
Shrivel is one of the best contemporary authors. Her research is impeccable, her prose descriptive and colourful, her characters flawed and fully developed, and her plot is bravely constructed. I wonder if only non Americans can see that the scenario is entirely plausible.
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who enjoys great writing, in particular, I recommend it Americans so that they might see how perilous their situation really is
When Alvarado delivers a state of the nation address, things spiral downwards even more quickly. The new decrees: citizens must turn over all their gold to the government, and they must not trade in bancors (the new international currency that is solidly backed). The result is rapid inflation and a depression worthy of the 1930’s. Americans can only take $100 out of the country. Ergo, they no longer travel. Isolated from world trade, they become everyone’s poor cousin.
Eventually, everyone gets chipped in the back of the neck. Via the chips, the government can track everything about its citizens: where they are, what they spend their money on, their taxes (about 77% of earnings). It’s the ultimate police state. Nevada secedes, becoming a black hole within the US. This is where the remaining Mandibles end up, in a quest for freedom.
There’s a huge amount to chew on here. Many of the ideas are presented in set speeches from the various characters. But it still works as a novel where we want to know what happens next. It’s basically about the trials and tribulations of running a large, complex and fair democracy. There’s a lot we need to re-think. Sobering and fascinating if you’re interested in this sort of thing.
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Having read the first few pages I wasn't sure why I had delayed so long. This book is great and written in the author's usual, dry and sardonic style.
The novel starts in 2029 after an economic crash in the US which has turned the world upside down. It's really interesting to see the different levels of predictions from the mundane to the global. This book will become even more fascinating to read as we get closer to the actual date (remember all the interest in 1984?).
I love the details - the names of the characters are intriguing, particularly the children (Goog, Bing, Willing, Fifa as examples) and the use of technology is very inventive.
There is something quite eerie when you see a world which is similar to the present day but worse and all the differences are very plausible. It is a frightening to think about the speed of change - imagine a world with no Amazon, no Apple and no Google as they have all gone in this novel.
At times there are some very detailed descriptions of the financial markets which lost me unless I was working really hard with the narrative. It is an essential part of the story though as everything hangs on what happens with the money that is available.
The humour is bleak but laugh out loud funny at times - "Plots set in the future are about what people fear in the present" - how true is that!!
I've read a lot of recent work by this author in the media commenting on society and politics which gave this novel a huge amount of gravitas. There is an uneasy feeling that you are not just reading a work of fiction and that you are listening to someone who is telling the truth.
It's a sobering experience, watching on as the society crumbles and I found that I could only read this book in relatively short sessions, this also allowed her messages of doom to sink in. I took strong messages from this book and will be talking about it for sometime.
Much of the novel is negative about the human spirit but there are glimpses of good in humanity and they are shown when they are particularly needed.
I have to say that I was pleased when I reached the end as it is a tough read but I had gained much from the messages in the way that I think about the economy.
I desperately want to recommend this to everyone but will need to be selective as this will be too intense for many.