Thursday, February 19, 2009
Lionel Shriver has written some very good novels. My favourite,We Need To Talk About Kevin, is disturbing yet riveting. Game Control is discomfiting but I found myself fighting the temptation to put it down. A treatise on the morality of demography couched as romance just doesn't work. In fact it misses the mark bigtime. Eleanor, a dogood American aid worker in Kenya, falls for Calvin, a misanthropic yet seductive wannabe mass murderer. She is so hot for him but he gave up sex long ago when his African lover/ mercenary soldier died. Or maybe it was all the elephants he killed - I don't know. A preposterous plot and cliched characters ruined this novel and Africa for me.