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“Zip PT Zoingzoing's Adventures In Outer Space” (already the name is a tale, What's in that name!): A terrestrial lands with his spaceship in many diverse distant planets— and each time he analyzes and experiences the customs and cultures. But it is actually a fierce satire of our planet.
The multitude of extraterrestrials he encounters, with looks, behaviors, and habitats - most of the time absurd – reflect the author’s idea of an obviously equally absurd Earth.
Some hilarious pages, including those of an unlikely married couple-- a shoe and a clothes hanger ...or still, a talking car, point to the strange encounters of Swift's Gulliver: A post-atomic Gulliver. The far flung worlds our astronaut contacts juxtapose the end of our world and the senseless behavior of us landlords on this planet. Environmental concern is, in fact, the guiding principle of B.F.'s book, who ridicules our excess and insane habits; from food, to the exploitation of natural resources, to the loss of communication skills.
But Friedkin is not limited to ecology. In the book we find all the most ridiculous neuroses of our lives: Fun, for example, the journey on the planet where everything must be covered by an insurance contract, or you're locked up.
On the other hand--less convincing to me, and frankly a bit boring like a porn movie, the free love planet pages with super lusty sex goddesses. The untiring protagonist’s love making performances are less interesting than the chapter on jazz, which the author describes with inspired words.
Finally I'll say that unlike Swift, Friedkin's view on the absurdity of our world is less impetuous and leaves us some hope. In fact, although permeated with Yiddish irony, the story ends with the protagonist and his old grumbling wife, who never believed in the miraculous space adventures, in a fiery embrace. A wife who loves him well and accepts him as he is. Friedkin seems to tell us that if we are still able to love we can still save our world. Read it and see yourself!
Daniela e Sergio