Louse by David Grand

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What if Howard Hughes ruled his corporate empire from a chrome-and-glass citadel, served by problem gamblers who've been enslaved so they can pay off their debts? Louse is only partly the answer to that question. It's also a deft piece of corporate satire, an Orwellian fable about absolute power, even a kind of religious allegory. Author David Grand's remarkable first novel follows Herman Q. Louse, valet to the invalid, germ-phobic billionaire Herbert Horatio Blackwell, as he navigates the conspiracy-ridden world Blackwell has constructed in the middle of the Nevada desert. Louse's story is interspersed with snippets of memos, bulletins, press releases, and public confessions--Grand's modern version of groupthink--all of which provide a darkly comic counterpoint to the novel's growing intrigue. There are more twists and turns in this book than in your average Hollywood thriller, yet somehow the plot--as well-oiled as it is--becomes hardly the point. Louse is a chilling look at the fate of the individual in a collectivized world, as appropriate to today's corporate drones as to the denizens of Orwell's 1984.

About David Grand

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David Grand, Ph.D., has been in private practice since 1979. His work with EMDR has been profiled on NBC & CNN, & in the "New York Times" & "Washington Post". He lives on Long Island, New York.
Published February 24, 2015 by Picador. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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It tells him he’s been chosen to take part in a conspiracy to subvert the established authorities of G., in accordance with the Poppy’s theory that —If there is no enemy within, there is no enemy to fight.— And so when Poppy orders Louse to give him a triple-strength (and probably lethal) injecti...

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Staffed with numberless drugged drones who must study their ""social contracts"" to know what is and is not appropriate behavior, G promises the future trustee the chance to move up in the system by moving down ""and in the process of moving down, he will move up."" Louse, in many ways a model wo...

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London Review of Books

In January 1958, for example, Hughes dictated three pages of single-spaced instructions on how to open a can of fruit: If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to all 12,000 articles subscribe here Institutions or university library users pl...

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Austin Chronicle

Louse, personal valet and indentured servant to a drug-addicted, hyperphobic loon named Poppy who more than slightly resembles Howard Hughes.

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