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Top Customer Reviews
The men in this book are all push-overs who think primarily through their little brains, and the women tend to be tough cookies, cool and calculating, highly organized, detail-centric, in search of a leg up (forgive the pun -- they all go on to "swan" their ways into Harvard Law School, become millionaires and Supreme Court Justices, it seems). The prose is as pleasant and straightforward as the characters molded by it.
A study of baboons in captivity has found that those given the kind of release Lightning Rods provides (the book, not the service) will be more productive and efficient in the workplace, calmer and more at ease in their personal lives. Don't listen to me: go with the baboons, buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
This book definitely falls into the category of fiction in which the narrator's thought process is paramount to the plot itself. Truly, the reader experiences this book from within the deepest machinations of Joe's brain, privy to each synaptic connection as instantly as it occurs. DeWitt reveals herself as a great rhetorician in this, her latest, novel. Her exploration of the brain's capacity to rationalize (failure, moral compromise, personal shortcomings) is not only believable but poignant due to the intimate perspective the reader is allowed.
"One day, you're going to wake up and find you sold away the only life you were ever going to get for the sake of the bottom line. Well, there's only so much money you can spend in this life, and the thing you've got to remember is, the one thing you can't buy back, no matter how much money you have, is time. A billion dollars won't buy back one single minute." (238)
"Lightning Rods" reminds me of Nicholson Baker's "Vox" or "Fermata," with all of its sexual quirkiness, but overall it is more notably an intellectual look at how physical drive plays a part (or not) in the American vision of success. Through the lens of one man's fantasies, DeWitt has created a complex commentary on American culture that touches on topics of gender, race and economic status, to name a few. Moreover, the characters are frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious, a difficult feat in a book so rife with intricate thought processes. So glad I started the New Year with this fantastic read!
Joe learns to deal with all sorts of problems as the government wanting to use his services to spy on its employees, the minority female with the highest score who Joe initially refuses to hire, since her anonymity would be compromised by the color of her skin, wherein all the other workers are white. It needs to be added here that all sexual alliances are made anonymously through a partition joining the men's and women's restrooms and only the rear end of the women is ever in view.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was so impressed with her first book The Last Samurai, that I immediately bought this one. Really good writer.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Helen Dewitt is one of my favorite authors, I only wish she were more prolific. This book is inventive, surprising, and funny. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kyle Pfister
Caught me totally off guard but the tone and the story—dealing with a subject that should come across as totally juvenile—but ended up both being a pretty great social commentary... Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Kopeny
Amazingly funny novel. A satire on men's thoughts, actions and aggressiveness. Not all men will like it.Published 20 months ago by V. Vijay Kumar
While I found the concept interesting, the book didn't hold my interest.Published 21 months ago by J MacB
Sorry, this book is not good. Repetative, trite, unfunny. I forced myself to read it to the end. Not worth it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jessica Grisham
It started out ok, but quickly lost steam, the author inserted long monologues of in interesting stuff, I wonder how it can be a award winner!Published on August 8, 2014 by kaushal mehta
I took a long time to read it, as it just didn't grab me. There wasn't enough to make me want to know what happened next. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Helen Kingsley
this should have been a short story. it runs out of gas very early on and never cashes in on what was a pretty funny premise.Published on November 22, 2013 by anthony moore
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