Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World by Donald Antrim
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"A dark, suburban fantasy . . . richly funny, even whimsical, and bizarrely familiar." —The New Yorker

In the seaside community of Donald Antrim’s Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, the citizens are restless. The mayor has fired stinger missiles into the Botanical Garden reflecting pool, and his public execution was a messy affair. As these hawkish suburbanites fortify their houses with deadly moats and land mines, a former third-grade teacher named Pete Robinson steps forward with a tenuous bid to replace the mayor. But can anyone satisfy the terrible will of the people? By turns funny and phantasmagorical, fiercely intelligent and imaginative, Donald Antrim’s story of suburban civics turned macabre is a new American classic.

 


 

About Donald Antrim

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DONALD ANTRIM is the author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He lives in New York City.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Picador. 189 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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What is clear is that third-grade teacher Pete is the central figure, working hard to establish a school in his home (the local system is bankrupt) as a cover for his messianic ambition to be mayor.

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and the public library's duplicate books are being used to detonate claymore mines in Turtle Pond Park (``I do enjoy the way The Riverside Shakespeare rides the wind on a long toss,'' says one character, while another notes, ``For hang time, give me The Complete Poems of Robert Frost any day'').

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Post-elections, Molly Antopol and Jason Sheehan reflect on the results by turning to their favorite political books, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

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Until the townspeople in the little Southern seacoast community--libertarians and anti-tax read-my-lippers, every one--defunded the elementary school, Pete Robinson used Clausewitz's war doctrine to instruct his third-graders in contemporary notions of social reform.

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She has a gift.” “I’d like to spend some time with her, monitor her rhythms, observe entry conditions, coach her in the methodology of closure.

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