Year of the Goose: A Novel Kindle Edition
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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The author also expertly manages to give each character their own voice, from the immature, spoilt heiress Kelly, to the philosophical turtle whose previous incarnation witnessed crushing personal and cultural tragedy in what is one of the novels' most upsetting sub-plots (and my personal favourite), and not forgetting the goose itself - but I can't go into that without risking spoilers.
Murder, corruption, fat camps, internet-age information updates, self-help / management talk, extreme wealth and inequality clash with the spiritual (both traditional and revolutionary), magical, and outlandish throughout this novel - all the while brimming with humour and, as mentioned above, bouts of sadness, emptiness and reflection.
Highly recommended for anyone, apart from maybe the extremely squeamish! (when you read the fat camp part you will understand why I say this!)
This book was definitely deserved of it's place on the BBC's top 10 good reads for December!
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in a very amusing social commentary - even if the the reader had no previous interest in the society that is modern day China. I started and finished this book in the same night...its the kind of novel you trip around the house reading because you can't put it down. Looking forward to Carly Hallman's next foray into fiction!