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Number Eight Crispy Chicken: A Hilarious and Powerful Literary Satire Paperback – 10 November 2019

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Neofield Publishing (10 November 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 233 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 192236200X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1922362001
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 1.5 x 22.86 cm
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Reviewed in Australia on 23 January 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying satire
By R Smith on 23 January 2020
I was fortunate enough to be recommended this book by an avid reader and dear friend. This page turner was entertaining and left me more satisfied than a chicken burger ever has.

Highly recommended!
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M.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter is one sandwich away from insanity
Reviewed in the United States on 27 November 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter is one sandwich away from insanity
Reviewed in the United States on 27 November 2020
I couldn’t have chosen a better time to read Number Eight Crispy Chicken by Sarah Neofield. Between the political climate in the US recently and the two books I read prior to this (one, a societal satire, the other a non-fiction about certain political policies) this book formed a trifecta. From the opening pages, it is obvious that Neofield is well-informed and did her research, because even though the characters and places are fictional, the truth rang through loudly: something has to give.

Aside from the humorous storyline of Furtivian Minister for Asylum Deterrence and Foreign Investment Peter Ruddick missing a flight and being stuck in an airport, we see many reflections of reality in this book. The demonization of the lower classes, the elitism regarding government property, the meaningless three word slogans used to brainwash people, the misuse of taxpayer dollars, and the privatization of social programs. (That’s just to name a few.) The Furtivian government is structured like a high school hierarchy, right down to the Minister of Sport being the most desirable position to attain. Appointments are based on anything but skill, and the people vote against a person, not for them.

We see the slow unraveling of Peter throughout the story as he has to deal with a system that is similar to some of the systems he puts into place at his detention centers and supports in his country. Peter gets a taste of his own medicine, and it’s a pill that he cannot swallow. Neofield is sure to always keep an eye on the time, while also bringing up the amount of time Peter’s refugees stay in detention, and it’s amazing to think that the man who promotes these lengthy “sentences” can’t even hang in an airport for nearly one day. To ground the story, Peter is paired up with his polar opposite, Jeremy (aka Cardigan) who further schools Peter in the error of his policies, and in this one character, we see a shining example of how things should be.

I look forward to another highly intelligent novel by this author in the future!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading this book!
Reviewed in the United States on 24 February 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well executed satire, sharply aimed
Reviewed in the United States on 29 December 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written novel
Reviewed in the United States on 24 February 2020
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