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Swallowing a Donkey's Eye by Paul Tremblay
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Swallowing a Donkey's Eye

by Paul Tremblay

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You could call Tremblay’s novel the Ani­mal Farm or Nine­teen Eighty-Four for a new gen­er­a­tion, but that would be easy, and not quite right. Like our other two entries, there’s a great deal of sur­face enjoy­ment here, just enjoy­ing the ride, but Trem­blay con­tin­u­ally digs to find hid­den deposits of emo­tion beneath the crazy, usu­ally in ref­er­ence to the name­less narrator’s child­hood. There’s a lot of Orwell scat­tered about, yes, but Aldous Hux­ley and Dou­glas Adams are def­i­nitely present in spirit, result­ing in a delight­fully neu­rotic search for self and human­ity in a uni­verse that couldn’t give a rat’s ass whether you live or die.

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"Farm is the mega-conglomerate food supplier for City, populated with rabidly bureaucratic superiors, and sexually deviant tour guides dressed in chicken and duck suits. City is sprawling, technocratic, and rests hundreds of feet above the coastline on the creaking shoulders of a giant wooden pier."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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