amusing premise but who cares? Characters are absolutely uninteresting, nothing really happens...I gave up after 150 pages...why did this win an award???
i bought this book just 'cause i was curious about the title and cover... and i don't regret it!
funny, light and ironic book, i've read it in 4 days: i really couldn't put it down.
despite its paradoxical plot, it made me think about strategic topics and human nature.
i truly suggest it to everyone who's looking for a book to make you laugh and at the same time reflects...
Absurdistan chronicles the adventures of Misha Vainberg, a character who puts me in mind of a Russian Ignatius J. Reilly. Like the infamous character in A Confederacy of Dunces, Misha is hugely fat, comments frequently on his toilet habits, and is on his own personal quest - though it's not quite the same as that of Reilly's.
Misha loves the United States. Thanks to his father's decision to send him to America for college, Misha has experienced all that the US has to offer and he likes it. He loves the food, he enjoys the music (especially rap) and he misses his Bronx girlfriend, Rouenna, terribly. Trouble is, he's back in Russia and is no longer allowed to travel to the US thanks to the fact that his father killed a man from Oklahoma. With help from friends, Misha hatches a plan to break through the red tape. He'll journey to Absurdsvanï, where he'll be able to obtain a Belgian passport and sneak his way overseas. Of course, complications arise when fighting breaks out in the small nation. The airport is closed, and Misha is stranded. Havoc and hilarity ensue.
Absurdistan can be very, very funny. It can also be quite graphic when it comes to descriptions of sexual acts, which Misha is quite prolific at performing throughout the novel. While the book is compulsively readable, I sometimes found myself wondering what the point was. Early on, Absurdistan seems to present itself as a reflection on 9/11 from a different point of view, and while Misha's story takes place in the days leading to the tragedy, the dots are never really connected. Author Gary Shteyengart is gifted when it comes to style. I'm hoping his next effort provides a little more substance....Continua
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I feel I should warn some potential readers that it gets sexual at times, however, the overall concept of the book is worth it.
I found the book to be extremely readable and addicting, I struggled to put it down each night and day and even sacrificed doing homework for the sake of reading it.
If you've ever read The Idiot, Misha is a very Prince-like character, and he does make that comparison himself. He is a holy fool caught in a world of corruption. You come to love him and grow to find the world he finds himself in, our world, despicable.
Be prepared to read about how brutal people can be to each other over nothing, how desperately and futilely people can try to gain attention in our media, and how oil affects countries around the world.
Misha is obsessed with America, but after reading the book, I see a country that baits other smaller countries into its greedy hands.
It's definitely an interesting read....Continua