Verbal. Gary Shteyngart’s new novel, Super Sad True Love Story, presents a near-future world that could be one likely outcome from current trends. Let’s hope not, and consider this as fine satire. Using a structure of alternating chapters from two main characters, Shteyngart builds Lenny’s contributions as old-fashioned diary entries, and his girlfriend Eunice’s entries as e-mail or online records. Life, love and work are both the same and different in the world Shteyngart creates, and as the title conveys, on one level this is a traditional love story. I found the language creative and entertaining, and those readers who enjoy talented writing will find much to appreciate in this book.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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