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This review is from: The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat: A Novel of Ideas (Paperback)
Lukes's "Curious" is a charming and humorous journey through the various Western Political Philosophies of the last 200 years. A cross between Alice in Wonderland and Thomas More's 'Utopia', Professor Caritat, after escaping his native Militaria, travels through diverse lands with diverse politics as he attempt to discover which one would provide the best value for the people of his homeland.
One of the most surprising aspects of this work is its lack or pretension. I was expecting to be dazzled by the author's intelligent humour as he congratulates himself on his cleverness. I was pleasantly surprised to find "Curious" to be nothing of the sort. It is an easy, funny and educational read which does not take itself all too seriously. The characters are likable and believable and recognizable in some cases. I particularly appreciated the political situations created by the author and their obvious allusion to real events, such as the Professor's case of sexual harassment and the 'bomber' case which echos the 'Birmingham Six' case in the UK.
Fun, clever and very entertaining, if you're looking for a story with a difference then this would certainly be a candidate.