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Elect Mr Robinson for a Better World [Kindle Edition]

Donald Antrim
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Having accidentally inspired the local suburbanites to draw and quarter the town's blood-thirsty Mayor, Pete Robinson - civic-minded schoolteacher and enthusiastic historian of the Medieval Inquisition - embarks on a tenuous election campaign. But his sleepy town has entered a period of crisis; the local park is littered with landmines, the neighbours are building deadly moats around their homes, and his beautiful wife, Meredith, has discovered dark and powerful talents within herself, which threaten to transfigure their once serene lives forever. In amongst this chaos, can Mr Robinson satisfy the terrible will of the people?

By turns funny and phantasmagorical, fiercely intelligent and imaginative, Donald Antrim's first novel of suburban civics turned macabre is a new American classic.

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"Entertaining and mischievously imagined . . . Antrim is a wonderful, truly original comic writer." --"San Francisco Chronicle""A slice of sulfurous whimsy... You are draw in because of the depth of human feeling that Antrim smuggles in... almost below the radar level." --"The New York Times ""The author's surreal vision is both imaginative and wholly his own . . . A striking literary discovery." --"The Boston Globe"

About the Author

DONALD ANTRIM is the author of the novels Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers (both published by Granta) and The Verificationist as well as the memoir, The Afterlife. The New Yorker named him as one of its inaugural twenty best writers under the age of forty. Antrim has received grants and awards from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. Antrim teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312662106
  • Publisher: Granta Books (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ANP55L6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book represents a finely detailed vision of the surburban experince gone wrong. A vivid sense of the macabre is employed to develop a rich texture and background for a surbaban scene slightly out of kilter, a place where handsome middle class homes are protected by ealborate, spike filled moats to keep the neighbors at bay. Mr. Antrim has a cpmpelling and engaging writing style. Unfortunately, the book flounders at times as Mr. Antrim seems unclear as to whether he's writing a satire or a farce and, therefore, characters either come across as too weird or, paradoxically, not nearly wierd enough. In the end, one is left much more impressed with the authors vision than with the story itself. That vision, however, is compelling enough to make this book a worhwhile reading experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Delicious 11 Oct. 2014
Although a relatively short picaresque dystopian novel this isn’t something that you can just rush through, otherwise you will likely miss the subtleties throughout the text. This book is full of black comedy and really some biting satire, as well as being quite surreal.

Mr Robinson is a teacher with a very unhealthy interest in the Inquisition and other darker periods of the Middle Ages, which he loves to share with anyone who will listen, especially the children he teaches. The town where he works with his wife who is also a teacher is falling apart though, and we have to wonder what the rest of the US is like at this period. People are building fortifications around their homes, and there are even a couple of families feuding which has carried across into the local park, which has become land mined. On top of this the ex-mayor, Jim Kunkel wildly let off Stinger missiles mindlessly killing people whist they were picnicking. We then find out what happened to Mr Kunkel due to this.

As we carry on reading this we see why Mr Robinson is safely locked up in his attic and we also by the end of this find out what happened to little Sarah Miller who is mentioned at the very beginning, who was involved in an unfortunate incident in the Robinson’s basement. But with society crumbling, and the Rotarians obviously in charge of the town’s purse strings Pete Robinson has an idea. The school is closed but what if he was to organise a new one and whilst teaching the children, use them as propaganda for a campaign to get himself elected as mayor?

We see how Meredith, Pete’s wife becomes caught up in weirdness due to a guest speaker at the Rotary Club and now goes off into ‘ichthyomorphic trances’, believing that she is a coelacanth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal favourite - oddball 24 Sept. 1999
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I loved this book. It is very funny, but the style may not be everyone's cup of tea. The narrative is set in a place where law and order has slipped into the hands of reactionary right-wing folks in a quiet town. If you like quirky humour (another favourite of mine is David Sedaris) then you will love this. Be warned though, not everyone will...
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book was a huge waste of time 21 Mar. 2015
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This book was a huge waste of time. I'm embarrassed now that I paid money for it. I could enumerate all its flaws here but I don't think it's worth the effort. Just another example of an empty piece of literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just read it! 11 Feb. 2015
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A strange but engaging story ... not read anything quite llike it but really made me laugh and wince.
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