The New Republic by Lionel Shriver

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15 Critic Reviews

One of the problems is that Ms. Shriver is not the least bit funny...Her willfully breezy depiction of terrorism is something worse.
-NY Times

Synopsis

Acclaimed author Lionel Shriver—author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the vivid psychological novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, now a major motion picture—probes the mystery of charisma in a razor-sharp new novel that teases out the intimate relationship between terrorism and cults of personality, explores what makes certain people so magnetic, and reveals the deep frustrations of feeling overshadowed by a life-of-the-party who may not even be present.

“Shriver is a master of the misanthrope. . . . [A] viciously smart writer.” —Time

 

About Lionel Shriver

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Lionel Shriver's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the 2005 Orange Prize and has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Earlier books include Double Fault, A Perfectly Good Family, and Checker and the Derailleurs. Her novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Harper. 416 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 15 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 8

Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Scarlett Thomas on Jun 08 2012

It's a shame that this novel falls so flat. Shriver, particularly in the mode of Eva in Kevin, is capable of extraordinarily good writing – but that praise should not appear on the cover of this book.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Mar 26 2012

One of the problems is that Ms. Shriver is not the least bit funny...Her willfully breezy depiction of terrorism is something worse.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Apr 05 2012

...the novel drags in its midsection: It's lacking the essential venom in the blood that courses through a satiric masterpiece like Scoop as well as Shriver's more recent works.

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Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah Murdoch on Mar 31 2012

It doesn’t sustain itself. I — like the members of the Barba press contingent — found myself wishing Barrington Saddler would show up and liven things up.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Ellen Akins on Mar 17 2012

As with any social satire, there's plenty here that's timely; but ultimately what is good about this book is good, regardless of the arbitrary nature of the publishing industry.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Carolyn Kellogg on Mar 25 2012

Shriver is an incisive social satirist with a clear grip on the ironies of our contemporary age.

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National Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathy Kerr on Apr 06 2012

For readers pining for Shriver’s voice between more major works, this is a fine treat. For a casual reader, it’s a worthy amusement.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum on Mar 28 2012

She is also sensitive to what can be truly frightening about the big world, even for intrepid media types well armed with professional bravado and sturdy expense accounts.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Phil Dyess-Nugent on Apr 16 2012

Flat, overlong, consistently unfunny, and far less original than the author seems to know, The New Republic is most interesting for an ongoing theme that Shriver barely seems to know what to do with, except obsess over it.

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USA Today

Below average
Reviewed by Jocelyn McClurg on Apr 01 2012

Shriver, whose noteworthy novels include We Need To Talk About Kevin and National Book Award finalist So Much for That, is one of the sharpest talents around. But ultimately, The New Republic falls flat.

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Slate

Below average
Reviewed by Claire Dederer on Mar 31 2012

here’s a laziness at work in both cases, a kind of shrugging refusal to make something better.

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Time Out New York

Excellent
Reviewed by Timothy Bracy on Apr 18 2012

She has an uncanny knack for getting into the heads of the incestuous group of Western journalists Kellogg falls in with, who can barely comprehend any ambition after their next big scoop.

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New Zealand Listener

Excellent
Reviewed by Louise O'Brien on Apr 16 2012

There’s not a metaphor left unexplained, a parallel not drawn, coloured in and highlighted, just in case the reader can’t figure them out for themselves.

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NY Observer

Below average
Reviewed by Daniel D'Addario on Mar 20 2012

Ms. Shriver strives to shake up her readers’ sensibilities regarding both terrorism and human nature by overstepping the bounds of what she is able to convey, and ends up covering a story that is irresistible only to her.

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Nomad Reader

Good
Mar 27 2012

Lionel Shriver's sardonic wit takes center stage in this inventive and funny novel of terrorism, journalism and international life.

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