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This book was great! Interesting, funny, unexpected, and exactly what I was hoping from the description. I can't wait to read more from this author. Read if you like witty satire and biting social commentary.
St. Anthony's Fire is a novel of contradiction. It is both completely unrealistic, but at the same time maybe a little too real for the world we’re living in right now. It subverts any semblance of normality and possibility while hitting very close to home. It’s easy to read but hard to digest—all of which I think the author has intended.
The author has crafted a psychological mind bender with the perfect amount of (dark) comic relief. The characters are memorable, familiar, and completely unlikable (in a good way). I find myself still thinking about them after I've finished, and I have an feeling that this book will stick with me for the rest of my life.
I can't recommend this infuriating, enjoyable, wonderful spectacle enough.
You know how sometimes someone will point something out to you about yourself or your surroundings and you kind of hate them for it? Somewhere inside you’ve always known that what they’ve said is the reality, but you’ve spent your time pushing down the truth so then hearing them say it both causes you to vehemently deny it but also begin to accept it? This is one of the things this book will do. And I am still in the vehemently denying it phase. St. Anthony ’s Fire is a fun house mirror’s version of what a city, any city, in America could look like…does look like. In this case, the author has taken The City’s herd mentality and brought all the sheep to a cliff and pushed them off. It’s a reflection that is distorted and chilling, but it is still quite distinctly recognizable. Take a walk through Harper’s house of mirrors. Playing with local politics, friendship, cult followers, and everything in between the author weaves a story that brings you in, spits you out, makes you laugh, makes you stir, then brings you back again. The author uses parallelism to highlight the absurdity of The City’s progress, and delivers well timed laughs just when you need them. The story will stay with you, the characters are ones you feel you already know. Reading St. Anthony’s fire is a haunting ride you don’t want to miss.
Lovably unlikeable characters, a time-twisting plot, fantastically illogical logic, and all too familiar crazy situations made this book a winner for me. Add in the timely albeit dark humor, and the spot on shots at basically every current cultural and societal convention--altogether a truly enjoyable read.
I don’t often laugh when I am reading a novel, but this one went and made me do it. St. Anthony’s Fire by Garry Harper reads like a contemporary adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, with a cast of characters that may remind the reader of something they’d witness on an episode of Seinfeld. It works so well, that it should make the reader feel very uncomfortable. It lampoons subjects like the stock exchange, social media, political campaigns, the job search/work force, and the American Dream itself. It was a jolting reminder of the absurdities we are surrounded by every day, as strong as the moonshine in this story that it is named for.