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I love every single one of Lionel Shriver's books except for this one and Checker and the Derailers.
This book was striaght up boring. The story drags on and on, and I get the impression that the author is showing off how much she knows about the politics in this particular region while simultaneously entering in a self meditation about some of her own worst character traits by pouring them into the character of Estrin. The main characters are not particularly complex or interesting, just aggravatingly angsty and thoroughly difficult to like. There are some broad philosophical themes that were almost interesting, like the nature of suffering, but the investigation was too cliche and unoriginal. Overall, it reads like a book written by a self-absorbed teenager, albeit a talented one.
Absolutely would not recommend.
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