Game Control (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 320 pages
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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.

  

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The first three chapters are really difficult to read. - Goodreads
I despised plot, but not them. - Goodreads
Ending was a bit anti-climactic. - Goodreads
The ending is weak, though. - Goodreads
I also found the ending hard to swallow. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kim Yates - Goodreads

The premise of the book was interesting, and it seemed well-researched - I know aid workers can get jaded and cynical and that there are people who promote the theories in the book that seem so grim ... Read full review

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User Review  - Natasha - Goodreads

The first three chapters are really difficult to read. Firstly the topic is a difficult one to read about and secondly because her sentence construction is laborious. For example on page 36: "Quickly ... Read full review

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PRAISEFOR LIONEL SHRIVERGame Control
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ALSO BY LIONEL SHRIVER
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Lionel Shriver's novels include The New Republic, the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World, and the Orange Prize winner We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.

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