Sunday, October 02, 2005

I just finished George Saunders' new novella The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. Here's my mini-review:
A fable about the dangers of power in the hands of the brainless, Reign of Phil at first seems at first like a thinly-veiled critique of the Bush administration. But actually it goes deeper than that, and deals with people's fears in the face of oppression, and how they seek happiness. I like some of Saunder's other stuff better (see my earlier post on some of his New Yorker stories), but Reign of Phil is still worth a read.
Read excerpts from the book, from the publisher's website on the book.


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