Monday, November 9, 2020
Satire. Readers who enjoy both political satire and literature are those most likely to enjoy Ian McEwan’s skewering of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brexit in a novel titled, The Cockroach. With a nod to Kafka, McEwan spews invective with precision on Johnson and on the gullible people who believe what he says. If you need a good laugh, reading about reverse-flow economics will do the trick. To whatever extent McEwan wrote this novel to help us laugh at these crazy upside-down times, he succeeded with me, especially when his prose was so finely structured that the satire extended beyond politics to overwrought literary facades. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Cockroach from amazon.com.