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This could have been an interesting book. Poor French Muslim steals identity (and girl) of his best friend in college, marries filthy rich Jewish American socialite, pretends to be Sephardic Jew, sleeps with a lot of people, identity comes out. Stuff happens.
However, all - yes ALL - of the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes. All the women are beautiful and allegedly brilliant, but since all of them are passive vessels for male sexual dominance and have no opinions to utter (sometimes this is painted as some mysterious passiveness, but mostly they're empty and decorative containers), they are boring. The men are thugs - whiny intellectual thugs, slick and gorgeous well-dressed rich lying thugs, or violent, gangsta-rapping actual thugs. None of them has a lick of personality.
I stuck it out for 2/3 of the book hoping something interesting would happen, but these people are both completely repellent AND dull. Who cares what happens to them?
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What did you love best about The Age of Reinvention?
Great turns of phrase
Who was your favorite character and why?
No character is without flaws or virtues here.
What does George Newbern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The reader seems to really understand the authors intent.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Reversals and re-reversals of fortune-Charles Dickens meets F. Scott Fitzgerald
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