- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (9 March 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000756077X
- ISBN-13: 978-0007560776
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 Paperback – 27 Mar 2017
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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
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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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