Super Sad True Love Story Paperback
In a very near future a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse.
But don't tell that to poor Lenny Abramov, proud author of what may well be the world's last diary.
Despite his job at an outfit called 'Post-Human Services', which attempts to provide immortality for its super-rich clientele, death is clearly stalking this cholesterol-rich morsel of a man. And why shouldn't it? Lenny's from a different century. He TOTALLY loves books (or 'printed, bound media artifacts' as they're now known), even though most of his peers find them smelly and annoying.
But even more than books, Lenny loves Eunice Park, an impossibly cute and impossibly cruel 24-year-old Korean-American woman who just graduated from Elderbird College with a major in 'Images' and a minor in 'Assertiveness'.
When riots break out in New York's Central Park, the city's streets are lined with National Guard tanks, and patient Chinese creditors look ready to foreclose on the whole mess, Lenny vows to convince his fickle new love that in a time without standards or stability, there is still value in being a real human being.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books
- Publication Date: 03/03/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847082497
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Review by daisyq
Super Sad True Love Story is set in a dystopian near-future USA. I found it most interesting and engaging as a satire of some of the extreme implications of materialism, social media, constant connectedness, and the global financial crisis.<br/><br/>The actual ‘love story’ had less impact for me, partly because of the main character, Lenny. While I understand that Lenny was intended to be old-school and out of touch with the society he lived in, at times his naivety was not credible. <spoiler>Was it meant to be so completely obvious that those texts were not from Nettie Fine at all, or was it just me?</spoiler><br/><br/>Overall, an entertaining and thought-provoking read.
Review by foolplustime
This book was one of my first purchases and has sat on my Kindle for the best part of 18 months waiting for me to get around to reading it. These days, I probably wouldn't have bought it, partly due to having 54 books in my "Purchased to Read" folder, but mainly because of the uninspiring blurb, and that would be a shame because I actually rather enjoyed it. It's intelligent, it's fun, it's cynical, it's self-aware (giving the criticisms I was going to make of it a smug kicking), and I liked it.
Review by alexrichman
In Shteyngart's future, America is under the Far East's thumb while corporations sponsor whole countries ... but an ageing Jewish schlub can still convince a hot twentysomething to have sex with him. The parts are more than the whole in this witty comedy - the joyously bizarre political slogans and see-through Onionskin jeans were personal highlights. Sadly, it isn't all that super, or sad ... a funny but forgettable love story.