Super Sad True Love Story

Super Sad True Love Story

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Welcome to the day after tomorrow. In Gary Shteyngart's near-future New York, the dollar has been pegged to the yuan, the American Restoration Authority is on high security alert, and Lenny Abramov, the middle-aged possessor of a decent credit score but an absurdly low--and embarrassingly public--Male Hotness rating, is in love with the young Eunice Park. Like many of the clients of his employer, the Post-Human Services division of the Staatling-Wapachung Corporation, he'd also like to live forever, but all he really wants is to love Eunice. And for a time, despite the traditional challenges of their gaps in age and ethnicity and the more modern hurdle of an oppressively networked culture that makes your most private identity as transparent as the Onionskin jeans that are all the rage, he does. Super Sad True Love Story is as corrosively hilarious as you'd expect from the satirist of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante's Handbook, but what may surprise you are the moments when the satire hits bedrock and the story becomes--no air quotes required--sad, true, and very much a love story.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400066407
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 25 cm


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Jan 31, 2018

This book is so prescient right now. Shteyngart somehow manages to hit the mark of politically relevant/hopeless romantic/downright hilarious within the confines of this book. Forever a fan.

Dec 17, 2016

This book was odd and unsettling and a bit off-putting, but I really kind of loved it. I don't know that it's for everyone. People who enjoy dark humor, are a bit, perhaps fatalistic and like dystopian fiction would be into this. Guess that's me.

Oct 16, 2015

Intelligent and sharp commentary on culture, especially American, and what could happen if we don't pay attention. However, the satire was funny and innovative but my appetite for the amplified scenes of pop culture eroded after the first few chapters. And the protagonist was just not someone I wanted to get to know.

drsusanreads May 15, 2015

Much as I enjoy this writer's clever observations the satire was clunky and so overwrought it became tiresome quickly. I contrast that with his more recent bio, "Little failure", which I found interesting, relatively honest, and better suited to his style.

Jul 31, 2014

Didn't like

Dec 15, 2013

Some interesting ideas about how things could become in the future, though overall contrived and nothing mind-blowing. Some terrific descriptions and turns of phrase. I think the best thing about the book is the insightful and interesting take on what is it to be the child of an immigrant. But overall, a bit tiresome and significantly longer than it needed to be. I feel like he read Infinite Jest and was inspired, but this pales in comparison. Also, I found the ending really weak, like he didn't know how to conclude things and just tacked on an update. I'll probably forget all about this book within weeks; other than its title, just for its inaneness.

Oct 26, 2013

Unreadable. I kept hearing how clever this book was, and indeed, the first few pages had me laughing aloud several times. But the unremitting whininess of the protagonist, and the thoroughly unlikability of his love interest, turned me so completely off that I put the book down for good in the middle of the second chapter. File under "life is too short."

Oct 23, 2013

Not only is it not super sad, it's not even mildly sad. Or true. Maybe "Super Sucky Untrue Love Story" wasn't catchy enough. Set in a not too distant future (or is it really now?!), Shteyngart's obnoxious, self-conscious novel is part sci-fi, part satire, part twee romance. The love story part smacks a tiny bit of male fantasy, as the guy is older, neurotic and balding, while the woman is younger, cooler, hotter and more Asian. As a satire, it's neither funny nor astute, offering little more commentary than, hey, we love our technology. I will say the last few pages are pretty good, but, otherwise, this is pretty sucky.

Jul 04, 2013

I found it hard to enjoy this novel as the main character was entirely unlikeable and the so called satire of future culture struck me as someone with little knowledge of current day unintellectual culture trying really really hard to make a joke. I just did not enjoy it.

Aug 23, 2012

This is a social satire by the great, great grandson of Gogol! It is set in the near future in a non-literary, ahistorical, ultra-capitalist society where people are obsessed by material things and death, or avoiding it. Shteyngart celebrates the value in still being a human being.

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