Our Gang : Starring Trick and His Friends, Paperback Book

Our Gang : Starring Trick and His Friends Paperback

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'Disturbing, logical and very funny... In short, a masterpiece' New York Times Book ReviewA ferocious political satire in the great tradition of Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain, Our Gang is Philip Roth's brilliantly acerbic response to the phenomenon of Richard M.

Nixon. In the character of Trick E. Dixon, Roth portrays an American president who outdoes the severest cynic; a peace-loving Quaker and believer in the sanctity of human life who doesn't have a problem with killing unarmed women and children.

A master politician with an honest sneer, he finds himself battling the Boy Scouts, declaring war on pro-pornography Denmark, all the time trusting in the basic indifference of the voting public. Tricky is the unprincipled self-seeker who hides his heartlessness behind the anaesthetising cliches of high office, whose public language is a merciless parody of that 'candid' Presidential prose which is merely double-talk, or as Orwell put it, 'pure wind'.


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Pretty funny, the first couple of sketches are really good. It loses a bit of momentum as it stitches together a plot, but the prompt crushing of a Boy Scout-led protest and the successful invasion of Denmark by the US turn it around. A long way from Roth’s best, but a good, quick 200-page blast of fun. Written in 1971, before Watergate, so Roth could say he told you so.

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