Game Control

Game Control

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by Lionel Shriver
     
 

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Eleanor Merritt, a do-gooding American family-planning worker, was drawn to Kenya to improve the lot of the poor. Unnervingly, she finds herself falling in love with the beguiling Calvin Piper despite, or perhaps because of, his misanthropic theories about population control and the future of the human race. Surely, Calvin whispers seductively in Eleanor's ear, if

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Eleanor Merritt, a do-gooding American family-planning worker, was drawn to Kenya to improve the lot of the poor. Unnervingly, she finds herself falling in love with the beguiling Calvin Piper despite, or perhaps because of, his misanthropic theories about population control and the future of the human race. Surely, Calvin whispers seductively in Eleanor's ear, if the poor are a responsibility they are also an imposition.

Set against the vivid backdrop of shambolic modern-day Africa—a continent now primarily populated with wildlife of the two-legged sort—Lionel Shriver's Game Control is a wry, grimly comic tale of bad ideas and good intentions. With a deft, droll touch, Shriver highlights the hypocrisy of lofty intellectuals who would "save" humanity but who don't like people.

Editorial Reviews

The New Statesman
“One of the best works of fiction about Africa I’ve ever read.”
The New Scientist
“Lionel Shriver has written a sardonic, sexy, salutary novel about, of all things, population control.”
Library Journal

Shriver (We Need To Talk About Kevin) sheds light on many complicated issues in this novel centering on Calvin Piper, a demographer/statistician/crackpot living with a green monkey and the ghost of his dead girlfriend. Versatile actress/narrator Laural Merlington (Acts of Malice) executes the American, English, and African accents and inflections with ease. Recommended for public and academic library collections. [Audio clip available through library.brillianceaudio.com.-Ed.]
—Joanna M. Burkhardt

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061239502
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/03/2007
Series:
P.S. Series
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,445,439
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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