Lightning Rods

Lightning Rods

by Helen DeWitt


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From the acclaimed author of The Last Samurai, Lightning Rods is "the most well-executed literary sex comedy" of our time.

Described as “the most well-executed literary sex comedy” of our time by, and “a wickedly smart satire that deserves to be a classic” by Bookforum, Helen DeWitt’s Lighting Rods is a novel that will leave you laughing for more. Follow one steady rise to power in corporate America as down-and-out salesman Joe curtails sexual harassment in the office and increases productivity with his mysterious, mind-blowing invention.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811220347
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/18/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 621,253
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Author of The Last Samurai and Lightning Rods, “Helen Dewitt knows, in descending order of proficiency, Latin, ancient Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, and Japanese: ‘The self is a set of linguistic patterns,’ she said. ‘Reading and speaking in another language is like stepping into an alternate history of yourself where all the bad connotations are gone’ (New York Magazine).”

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Lightning Rods 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd give this 0 stars, if that was an option. It's unfunny; poorly written; and she has no ear for how people speak. Or think. Or act. Men can be weird, people have strange ideas -- generally those are things I enjoy in fiction. Here -- nothing was entertaining. There was really only one character for as far as I could stand to read it -- about 60 pages. And I hated that guy -- but not nearly as much as I hated the writing and the premise. As I said above, it lacks humor -- and given its subject, it's not erotic -- there's no narrative skill on display, no skill with words or plotting. It just stinks. Phew. Give this one a total pass. I read this because it was part of a book tournament -- required reading. Someone writing a bad book doesn't upset me. Normally, I'd just stop reading. But putting this book up for any sort of award -- that's what offended me.
freelancer_frank on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about the corporate condition in America. It is a great satire, with a brilliant central conceit that is both hilariously sad and tragically amusing. DeWitt teases out unexpected byways from the story that provide entertaining insight. I enjoyed the faux corporate 'self-help' style of the writing. The only issue I have with the book is the ending. It seems to just trail off ... like this ...
slickdpdx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Muriel Spark married to Chuck Palahniuk, Larry Flynt and Tony Robbins. Would make a really interesting book club book for your workplace reading group.
paxelson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm guessing this book is written in a flat, dull, repetitive way on purpose, but that doesn't take away the fact that it reads like a flat, uninspired, repetitive book with bad language. To appreciate this book, with its complete lack of character development or story, I think you have to find it funny, or maybe get a thrill out of the very non-PC theme. But the cliches and winks at the audience just come across as smug and uninspired to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting story about a unique business. It was a little slow at times and certainly got a little too weird from time to time but overall a good read.
FreddyD More than 1 year ago
Basically, this is a novel about a guy who decides to put glory holes into offices as a way of reducing sexual frustration and thereby reduce sexual harassment. If this description sounds like something you'd be interested in reading, then you'll like the book. If it isn't, you won't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago