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 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