#31 — Absurdistan

Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
Rating: 4/5
  • About the son of the 1238th richest man in Russia — he moves to the US to go to college, lives in NYC for awhile and goes home to find out he can’t go back because his father killed an Oklahoman. The rest of the book is him trying to find his way back the States
  • Every character is larger than life (sometimes literally), a magnified stereotype of their kind; underneath every stinging jab, there is probably some kernel of truths in there too (or at the very least, the author’s own biases, loves, and hatreds)
  • The author writes into the book a version of himself, one that is despised and mocked by the main character, a character that is in turn mocked by the author
  • “Accidental College” reminded me too much of my days at Oberlin… one google search later, found out the author is an Oberlin alum. Of course…