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July 11, 2010

23 Down, 29 To Go "Super Sad Love Story" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Shteyyngart is as brilliant a satirist as anyone writing today. I honestly doubted he could better his last novel, the rightfully lauded Absurdistan, but I was wrong. Super Sad Love Story is an instant classic of dystopian fiction. At once horrifying, humorous, and saddening, the book is also surprisingly touching when examining the relationship between its dual narrators.

I picked up Super Sad Love Story intending to read the first 20 pages or so (my normal routine these days when culling books for the Book Notes and 52 Books, 52 Weeks series). Finding myself alternately laughing and exclaiming, "Wow!" at Shteyngart's ever clever prose, I simply couldn't put the book down. This novel is one of the year's most arresting works, and Shteyngart's most accomplished book yet.

My next book is Little Bee, by Chris Cleave.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Online "best of 2009" book lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)