Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart

Posted by Justine Solomons on 16 October 2011, in Recommendations

Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart

When 39 year old bibliophile Lenny Abramov falls for the youthful Eunice Park, you can tell that there’s going to be trouble. Set in the near future in an America that is failing in a world economy dominated by China, a very believable, apocalyptic story unfolds. Inevitably, things deteriorate, at both the personal and political levels.  And while you could argue that the vain dystopian America described here gets what it deserves, Shteyngart really gets you to care for Lenny and Eunice and their respective families in the ensuing chaos.

Shteyngart is a masterful ventriloquist, telling the story through his characters' diaries and on-line chats. He also creates a very believable world with details like see-through onion skin jeans and the crowd scanning uber- mobile phones called apparati. I thought this book was absolutely brilliant, and loved it even more for the irony of having read about this world where books are dirty and dying, on my Kindle.

Marked down slightly for having some confusion over the time references so I wasn't really sure how far in the future the story is set, but that’s a minor gripe and easily ignored considering the masterful writing.

To buy this book click on the following link: Super Sad True Love Story

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