Shriver, Lionel Game Control: A Novel

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Eleanor Merritt, a do-gooding American family-planning worker, was drawn to Kenya to improve the lot of the poor. Unnervingly, she finds herself falling in love with the beguiling Calvin Piper despite, or perhaps because of, his misanthropic theories about population control and the future of the human race. Surely, Calvin whispers seductively in Eleanor's ear, if the poor are a responsibility they are also an imposition.

Set against the vivid backdrop of shambolic modern-day Africa—a continent now primarily populated with wildlife of the two-legged sort—Lionel Shriver's Game Control is a wry, grimly comic tale of bad ideas and good intentions. With a deft, droll touch, Shriver highlights the hypocrisy of lofty intellectuals who would "save" humanity but who don't like people.

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Lionel Shriver's novels include The New Republic, the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World, and the Orange Prize winner We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.

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In Nairobi, Eleanor Merritt works for a family planning group and becomes enmeshed with some zanies with a bizarre plan for saving the planet from overpopulation by killing two billion people. Author Lionel Shriver intends this to be a comic novel, but that's not what Laural Merlington delivers. Rather, her utterly serious tone misses the comedy of the absurd, instead emphasizing the zealotry of the various factions involved. Eleanor's wavering devotion to Calvin, the architect of the plot, comes through, and some of the minor characters, like Panga, Calvin's ghost lover, are well portrayed, as is the plight of Africa's destitute. Overall, the novel comes across as a diatribe on population control--conscientiously read. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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