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The People's Republic of Absurdia Kindle Edition
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"This novel is like the Monster Raving Loony Party... with ideas. If we're not careful, this will be our future" - Rosette Tokelove, Author of I've Never Been Wrong Yet "He captures the truth of the times very well" - Arthur Riotus, Well Thumbed (The Second Hand Porn Mag) "Spencer has a rare brilliance for making stuff up" - Halton Pickles, Author of My Mother Was A Vegetarian In A Tribe Of Cannibals--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- File Size : 1136 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 341 pages
- Publisher : Sigmund Fraud Books (30 May 2016)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01GF44E9W
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,644,685 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A page turner, rich with ideas, a bleak violent comedy echoing such material as 'Brass eye' and ' The day today'.
Ed Spencer's writing is an interesting mix of satire and ridicule of the political system. He is accomplished at moving from the poignant to the surreal in a blink of an eye and has a funny turn of phrase. The characters are great, particularly Pontiff (the main protagonist) who has an easy, likable quality but isn't afraid to stick one up the system.
The setting here is generally bleak, but at the same time highlights the corruption and control at the heart of many a political movement . The 'pulling the wool over the masses eyes' is a strong theme throughout the book, as the cast of eccentric characters try to survive governmental control on a huge scale. It will resonate with anyone who feels something is inherently wrong with the world we live. With a clear nod to the administration of Tony Blair, this book feels like it has a timeless quality. This is due to the fact that many wrong doings of past, present, and no doubt future governments are based around the ideas of corruption and how the down trodden regular Joe who wants a simple life full of music, whiskey, conversation with friends and the odd psychedelic for good measure is caged and cornered by bureaucracy and the rich and powerful. I recommend this book to anyone who fancies taking a leap in to a strange world of black political satire. Excellently written, inventive, layered, with a memorable line up of characters, it has all the signs of a cult classic in the making.
I hesitate to say more, for fear of spoiling the plot. Suffice to say that if you enjoy the likes of '1984', 'Brave New World' and 'Breakfast of Champions' then you must read this. If you haven't read any of those titles then you should, right now.
Well, after reading 'The People's Republic of Absurdia' of course.
This is overseen by a spin doctor extraordinaire – one Fred McVelley – he is a mischief maestro and wants to have a laugh; only at everyone else’s expense. So he has some very familiar career ‘politicians’ leaping at his every piece of drivel to the point where society has become his plaything and citizens grub about eeking an existence whilst being constantly surveiled by an administration that is the iron fist in a velvet glove type – only the velvet is thread bare through too many beatings.
Throw into the mix an alcoholic Scotsman, an erudite dandyesque character a portentous Reverend a love interest or two, a plethora of well realised, if often scary types, and you have a book of authentic and audacious abilities. It is both funny and nasty in some of the antics but the humour keeps coming through right to the last. There are so many great ideas here that one can only imagine as to why Ed Spencer did not save some for a sequel – and I do hope there is one as I ruddy well loved this. It is also really well written and that is always a plus for a book that is essentially being driven by the story, but I always appreciate a good stretch in the vocab department. Unlike a mongrel with the mange and a nasty STD, I could not put this down (scratch that I think you can give them pills now?) Well suffice to say this was a great fun read. I was sent an uncorrected proof to be able to write a review and I am very pleased I was – completely recommended.