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The Golden House
The Golden House | Salman Rushdie
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The_Real_Nani
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Strangely (maybe not so strangely...), the Golden Family made me think of Trump. I wish I had reviewed this sooner. The story and its characters are memorable, even all this time later, despite having lost the little details like his way with words, and the fact that I kept having to use the Dictionary function on my Kindle. Read this for the excellent prose, the clever insight into American politics and the fantastical storyline. #netgalley

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Ericalambbrown
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have always enjoyed the elements of magical realism that Rushdie incorporates. It looks like some found it pretentious in the reviews, but I didn‘t find it so. Worth a try if you tend to like his work.

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Ericalambbrown
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So, this is not something I‘d have ever thought I‘d look up. 😳 Thanks, Salman Rushdie, for making me wonder about the post-mortem adventures of Little Napoleon. I could have gone my whole life without this macabre yet strangely interesting tidbit. Link if you‘re interested: http://mentalfloss.com/article/63312/where-world-napoleons-penis

readordierachel The last line of that article is priceless 😂 10mo
Ericalambbrown @readordierachel Right? The whole thing is just so odd 🤣 10mo
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Nataliesc
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I listened to this book. I thoroughly enjoyed, and the audio did not disappoint. Rushdie wove beautiful literary elements and references.

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Vansa
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nomierosie
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So I got A LOT of books signed last week (there's actually one more) #books #hay #hayliteraturefestival

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Tashreads
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Bailedbailed

DNF @ 33% I think I was too ambitious to dive into this lofty, and dare I say, pretentious novel with 3 small children demanding every minute of my time. I'll have to stick to thrillers and YA for the next few years. Your time will come Mr. Rushdie.

Alternative_Mr_Men Really don‘t get why Rushdie‘s novels are so lauded. I‘ve never got on with him as a writer. 14mo
Tashreads @Alternative_Mr_Men I absolutely loved Midnight‘s Children, but have been severely disappointed with all the others 😞 14mo
RJHowe He is a rare taste. Doesn‘t work for me either. Good of you to make the attempt though 14mo
Nute All things addressed in their proper time. Right? I think it's great that you recognize your personal time constraints and that you are willing to try again when the moment is right. Cheers to books that allow for more manageable reading. 14mo
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Tashreads
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I fell in love with Midnight‘s Children when I was in university and loyally read every one of Mr Rushdie‘s books since. Unfortunately none has pleased like the original, and yet I persist 😅 #currentlyreading

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Emcneil
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Good gosh. Time to go read something uplifting now...

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ladyonequestion
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Out of fashion lit-fic, i.e. incredibly rich, prentious and written for people who get Rushdie's continous references to how clever and relevant he is. The satirical elements are not particularly clever, the characters are not that well written and the plot is nothing special. Token autistic and token gender fluid person are not really explored. Don't know if it was on purpose because of the narrative style but not a good book in my opinion.

arubabookwoman Agree so much with this review, despite the fact that I am usually a Rushdie fan. 14mo
ladyonequestion @arubabookwoman I am usually a fan too, I don't know what he was doing with this book or why I dislike it so much. I think probably because I think there's a better book under there stripped of all the superfluous references and focusing more on the characters. 14mo
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ladyonequestion
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Did you REALLY have to make the autistic a computer games genius? #lazystereotypes

Alfoster Goo call👏👏👏! 14mo
Alfoster I meant good😂 14mo
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ladyonequestion
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Didn't realise this is a re-telling of The Brothers Karamazov (which I've never read). The writing is coming across as quite heavy-handed - this is a book that is screaming how intelligent it is and hitting you over the head with the golden symbolism and Greek/Latin allusions. Giving it a bit more of a chance.

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ladyonequestion
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If you are quoting that amazing Lawrence quote this better live up to expectations...

(D H & I are friends who fall out sometimes. But I can forgive him for that quote and the wonderfulness that is The First Lady Chatterley).

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AppuNthebooks
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I‘ve been wading in and out of this one but there‘s something about this book that keeps me curious and persistent. I will get to the bottom of this! #intrigue #nevergiveup

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Me, 8:00 am - I need to read the books at my own house. I am definitely NOT bringing any books home from the library today.

Me, 11:00 am - GIVEMEALLTHEBOOKS.

#everytime #lovemylibrary #nowillpower

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LMJenkins
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I‘m excited to participate in my first #readingresolutions challenge in February, @Jess7 Now back to #24in48 !

Jess7 Thank you for sharing!! 1y
Sheryl63 I love it, I've got to participate in one of the challenges. I‘m a dinosaur when it comes to technology. 1y
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goodthinkrebel
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Grise
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After having been a Rushdie Fan in my early twenties, this is the first of his novels that I have finished since Fury. I recognized a lot of what I loved about his style, and I am looking forward to diving in the novels I missed in the meantime. Mr Rushdie, I might have tied all my ribbons to you after all.

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tpixie Check out @LitsyHappenings 🎉🎉🎉 (edited) 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. Loving your posts so far and looking forward to seeing more!👍🏽😉 2y
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Cinfhen
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#DecDays Admittedly, I bailed on this book back in June, but I‘m ready to give it another shot in 2018😊
Focusing on the hypocrisies, social realities, and political dangers of contemporary American culture, it‘s a #signofthetimes 🎵http://spoti.fi/2zUg6mp (as is the notion that I‘m listening to Harry Styles😬)

TrishB I‘ve never liked any Rushdie - just not for me! 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve read Satanic Verses but I don‘t think he‘s an author for me. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this song ❤️ 2y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This book was not for me. There were few women characters, and those that were there were flat and one note. The men were supposed to be mysterious and interesting, but instead seemed boring and without purpose. I did not find the story interesting and the format took away from the story for me.

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BrownGirlReading
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Can‘t believe it‘s already December. I‘ve hit my goal of 50 books but as you know I value page count more. Seems I‘m failing there. 😐 There‘s still a month left though. 😃

Reggie Yay, congrats!!!!🎈🎊🎉 2y
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Buddys_Momma
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Sunday Laundry Fun-Day 😀
Decided to start this while waiting on my wash & dry and I‘m digging it so far 👍🏽 My first Salman Rushdie. Also trying to set a record for how many books I‘m able to read and keep straight at the same time!

mrozzz 🙌🏻💪🏻👍🏻 2y
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Jprglisa
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I am just not getting into this book. Is it worth fighting through? I was not a big fan of Great Gatsby and that is the comparison I am hearing most.

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GuiltyFeat
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There's no one quite like Sir Salman. The Golden House is a glorious Rushdiyan tragedy where every thought references some delicious piece of popular culture from points throughout history.

In one memorable paragraph, Rushdie gets from classical Greek myth to The Tempest via a complete lyric from Lieber and Stoller's "Stand By Me". The Golden House is everything I could have hoped for from a new Salman Rushdie novel.

mrozzz Loved this book!! 2y
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Litsi
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This book has a looping, bombastic style and is insightful and clever. It makes you think about whether changing your identity can change your fate. Honestly, I get the sense that if Rushdie had sat with it for a bit longer he would have refined this into a much better book and he would have avoided the distracting Trump comparisons.

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wrenaymuhree
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Mehso-so

This was my first Rushdie, and lemme tell ya--I was unprepared for the exorbitant # of allusions in this novel! I had a hard time with the foreign and obscure film titles. Unfortunately, the book digressed...a lot. So much so that the sidebars became distracting and the work was hard to digest (but not in a delightfully-challenging way). I was largely disappointed, especially since I loved the Golden family & their story so much. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

wrenaymuhree Also: though I did not disagree with Rushdie's lamentations regarding the Joker, I wasn't thrilled with how fiercely political the book became. After several sections of ranting, I started to skim those sections. Yeah, I'm one of those people. 2y
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Bluzygrl
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I just started this last night. I've waited all summer to read it.

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midhun.j.zacharia
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Gender, Politics, Family, Drama - it's all in here! Rushdie sets about this book with honesty and humour. A genuinely human experience.

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Buddys_Momma
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I‘ve yet to read anything by Rushdie but this book may be my first one. Looks so interesting ! Thanks @Cinfhen for the giveaway contest and Congratulations again!💚💚

#crushingongiveaway

Cinfhen Thank you!!! Good luck 🤞🏼🤞🏼☘️💚 2y
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SoniaC
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Got this on audio and enjoyed it. The narrator did a good job. The story is sweeping is scope dealing with a lot of people and events. At times it can feel a little convoluted. However it really does entertain and surprise. Rushdie manages to say so much and like most of his books there is tremendous depth you have to be willing to work at. He is a highly skilled writer.

tpixie I‘ve been worried about you and the fires. Are you and your home ok? 2y
SoniaC @tpixie yes I‘m a safe distance from them. You can smell it in the air though. 2y
tpixie @SoniaC I‘m glad you‘re safe. We had a Prairie fire that got very close to us this last summer. About 5 blocks from evacuation/ 20 from fire. We were watering the lawn and taking photos of all our stuff. We‘re used to tornadoes, not fire! Luckily they held the fire & kept it from the majority of housing. You keep safe! 🤗 2y
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SoniaC @tpixie oh my. That sounds really scary. 2y
tpixie @SoniaC you stay safe!! 2y
Suet624 Just found the audio on TuneIn. Stacked. 2y
SoniaC @Suet624 hope you enjoy it. 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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#Bookmail is the best mail! I won The Golden House in a Goodreads giveaway, and surprise! It's a signed copy 😍😍

In other #bookmail news: @Melissa_J no sign of your package 😒 When did you send it? I've been finding Canada Post extra sluggish lately...

JaclynW So cool! 2y
Melissa_J Ugh! I sent it a week ago Sunday, so it should be there by now 😢 My sister just got the card I sent her at the same time yesterday, so maybe yours is taking longer because it a package instead of a card. 2y
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MyBookSwapClub
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I started this last week, and can't bother to continue....who else?

Alfoster Totally get it! I finished because I needed to review on NetGalley but I had to push myself. It was all over the place! I often don't have the patience!😫 2y
DarcysMom @Alfoster Having to review it on Netgalley was what made me soldier through as well. 2y
BooksAndChopsticks That's disappointing! 2y
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minkyb I just started this. Ugh oh. 2y
MyBookSwapClub @minkyb how are you finding it? 2y
minkyb Well, I am only at Chapter 5 and he rambles but interspersed in the ramble is a gem of an idea so I will persevere for now. I will report back! 🤓 2y
MyBookSwapClub @minkyb you'll fare better than me I guess :) looking forward to your report! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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This story is a saga of a wealthy man with a past reinventing his life in NYC with his 3 sons. It is an unabashed social commentary on recent events (the election of the Joker) alongside the family story. Early on, I actually considered bailing, as the story goes off on tangents that were hard to follow. The second half was so strong and enjoyable it changed my mind. I'm not sure if I'll try Rushdie again; we'll see.

Alfoster I agree! It was hard to get through even tho I enjoyed it! I usually enjoy an easier read!😆 2y
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mrozzz
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I'm incredibly proud of myself. This is easily my most successful month ever, in both the total number of books read and the diversity in authors and settings.
#blameLitsy

Tagged is my #best of September. I've also never taken as many notes as I did with the Rushdie. 💗 But Flesh and Bone and Water is a close 2nd... Sing, Unburied Sing an even tighter 3rd. #30daysofreadathon

Emma in the Night was my least favorite.

Suet624 Great numbers! 2y
rachelm Wow! Awesome month! 2y
TrishB Great month 👍 2y
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Redwritinghood 👏👏👏👏 2y
kspenmoll Fantastic!! 2y
mrozzz @Suet624 @rachelm @TrishB @Redwritinghood @kspenmoll thanks all!!! It seeing how voracious you all are that helps motivate me to outdo myself! 💜 2y
Ms_T 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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SeeJulieRead
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Two snuggly puppies + a new book = ready for the weekend!

Laalaleighh Hope it‘s a good one! I‘m really looking forward to it! 2y
Reecaspieces ❤️❤️❤️🐶🐶🐶 2y
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Books_Wine_Repeat
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A man and his three sons move to the US with new identities during Obama's presidency. This is the first Rushdie that I completed. It was a bit disjointed with a lot of characters and a lot of story. Overall, I enjoyed it for the cultural references and the moments of continuity. Once all the backstories are explained, it all comes together. It also delves into the Joker's (Drumpf's) election and the divisiveness it has brought to the forefront.

LauraBeth Great review! 2y
Books_Wine_Repeat @LauraBeth Thank you! ☺️ 2y
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janeycanuck
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My first Rushdie! Honestly, the first half of this (and the odd bit in the second half) was hard to get through. The writing style changes a lot so just as I would get used to one way, it would change. The story is captivating and intriguing, though. Interesting idea to set it against a political timeline to keep you rooted in time, which was a bit weird given that I was also listening to the new Clinton memoir, What Happened, at the same time.

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BlueStockingReviews
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A fabulously intelligent and mysterious novel about identity, set against the backdrop of contemporary American politics and culture. https://lharvey250.tumblr.com/post/163334043374/the-golden-house-salman-rushdie-...

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Marchpane
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In a word, uneven. Bombastic, overstuffed with ideas, moments of brilliance and of tedium. Some highly quotable passages. Peppered VERY liberally with references to film, art, music, mythology and literature.

The 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign serves only as colourful set dressing. This garish backdrop is more interesting than the Gatsby-ish story in the foreground.

With so much crammed in there wasn't room to do justice to all of it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen I bailed 😫 2y
Marchpane @Cinfhen I was tempted to bail but pushed on because I had an ARC. It only got good for me in the last third. 2y
Cinfhen Mine was an ARC too 🙈 2y
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Marchpane @Cinfhen I bow to your superior bailing skills 🙌😂 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon I never had any intention of reading this, but thoroughly enjoyed your review 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
shawnmooney What @elkeo said! The only one of his I have any intention of reading is 2y
Marchpane @elkeo you can safely skip it! @shawnmooney that's the only other Rushdie I've read - a long time ago - and it's by far the better book. 2y
Marchpane Also @shawnmooney I just want to say I am LOVING your booktube channel! 2y
Cinfhen I took a page from my favorite guy, @shawnmooney #WhenInDoubtBowOut I really couldn't read this book 😬 2y
Cathythoughts 🤔I won't be rushing into this one. 2y
minkyb Ugh oh. This is ready for me to pick up at the library. Now I din't know if I should bother! 🤔 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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This is my first Rushdie. Not sure what I think so far. It's also my first book on my libro.fm membership! I'm excited about this new audiobooks foray, since it benefits my local bookstore. Hooray for #indie!

mrozzz Oooohhhh. Looking forward to your thoughts! Just finished this today. 🙌🏻 2y
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Bertha_Mason
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You've all convinced me with your enthusiasm. I'm going to read The Golden House.

mrozzz Yay!!!!!! 2y
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mrozzz
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We became lazy, she said. For 8 years we persuaded ourselves that the progressive, tolerant, adult America embodied by the president was what America had become, that it would just go on being like that. And that America is still there but the dark side was still there too, and it roared out of its cage and swallowed us. America's identity wasn't a superhero. Turns out it was a supervillain.

BarbaraBB True words 2y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB 👌🏻 2y
Valeka How is the book so far? Can't decide if I want to add it to my TBR list or not. 2y
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janeycanuck @Valeka I'm in the middle of it. It's my first Rushdie and I'm finding it very slow to get through. It's captivating, just slow. 2y
Valeka Thanks for the info, @janeycanuck ! I may try to read a sample of it before committing to it. 2y
mrozzz @Valera I agree with @janeycanuck it took me 5 days to get through as my MAIN book this week. But it was worthwhile. It's excellent but will probably be slow-going. Which almost makes it better, it becomes more contemplative. 2y
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mrozzz
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Rushdie is wise... his words will stick with me forever. 💗

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mrozzz
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I fell head over heels into this story expertly twisted from the "real" into a lovely, timely tale.

Beautiful guts at the heart of this work, told by "René" the screenwriter. Unsure at times if I was reading true observations or his dramatic versions of the characters, but I didn't care. Thorough details of cinema, myths, etc. lend to the intellectual masterpiece- and of course the bold metaphor for the 2016 election: Batwoman vs. the Joker.

MyBookSwapClub I started this yesterday, and seems like weird start about the president! It's like my perception of president is interfering with what's in the book :) 2y
mrozzz @MyBookSwapClub the presidency is used as a way to place you in a timeline and is not central to the plot, although I enjoyed how it's brought up. 2y
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