The Ice Storm, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Nixon and 'Nam, pet rocks and shag rugs, wife-swapping and party-hopping. Suburban New England, 1973, and the Hood family are about to wish they'd stayed home. Astutely acerbic, painfully funny, THE ICE STORM is an astonishing novel of the decade that taste forgot. 1973 - 'The last year of the sixties' as the author describes it. Amidst the worst storm for 30 years the local families gather for a party - the highlight of which is the wife-swapping 'key game' - and for two couples this supposedly harmless piece of liberal-minded entertainment spells permanent disaster. Rick Moody's first novel is a dark satire on the 1970s, the gadgets, the music, the politics and most of all the people.




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Irreverent, slapstick roll in the hay - a comedy of bad manners and sexual transgressions of two 70's middle class families. He had some fun writing this, that's for sure. Kids and parents are seeking out a hump, dry or otherwise all over the shop (I'm surprised the dog doesn't end up getting in on the act) and they cut the sort of bunch of unsympathetic, self-involved people that are found in a Pinter play, Kurieshi's Bhudda of Suburbia or Marber's Closer. I found it really funny in places and a good diversion from some of my more serious reads. It would work better as a play or a film. As a novel, I thought it was a milky bar before a proper meal.

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