Game Control

Game Control

by Lionel Shriver
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Game Control 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Game Control is the fifth novel by American author, Lionel Shriver. This novel is set in Kenya in the early 1990s and concerns demographics and AIDs. The main characters are a vengeful misanthrope, Calvin Piper, and a guilty do-gooder, Eleanor Merritt. Eleanor works for a Family Planning agency and encounters the charismatic Piper at various Aid conferences. Despite his provocative and controversial opinions about population control (eg allow infant mortality to increase by stopping vaccination), Eleanor falls in love with Piper. But Piper declares himself incapable of love since the death of his black African mercenary girlfriend, Panga (who haunts his cottage still, offering commentary and opinion).  In his genial despair, Piper’s sparring partner on population matters is the morbidly euphoric Wallace Threadgill, a continuing source of optimistic clippings from papers and magazines. When Eleanor accidentally stumbles on Piper’s solution to the population explosion, her love for Piper is tested against her commitment to humanity. In this blackly comic offering, Shriver deftly presents two sides of the population control debate, while illustrating the power of statistics. Shriver’s extensive research is apparent in every paragraph. Brilliant.
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NicNC More than 1 year ago
this book is uneven in execution
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I read this book about six months ago and can not get it out of my head. If any book can make you think about the consequences of our 'good deeds', this is it ... and thank goodness it is fiction. Shriver has the touch for unblinking honesty that I admired so in 'We need to talk about Kevin'and four other books she wrote. This book has truely changed my life view so much so that it is next months read in our book club. This story isn't all dire and has some real life funny/awkward moments that almost anyone can relate to.