The New Republic

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Harper Collins, Mar 27, 2012 - Fiction - 416 pages
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Ostracized as a kid, Edgar Kellogg has always yearned to be popular. A disgruntled New York corporate lawyer, he's more than ready to leave his lucrative career for the excitement and uncertainty of journalism. When he's offered the post of foreign correspondent in a Portuguese backwater that has sprouted a homegrown terrorist movement, Edgar recognizes the disappeared larger-than-life reporter he's been sent to replace, Barrington Saddler, as exactly the outsize character he longs to emulate. Infuriatingly, all his fellow journalists cannot stop talking about their beloved "Bear," who is no longer lighting up their work lives.

Yet all is not as it appears. Os Soldados Ousados de Barba—"The Daring Soldiers of Barba"—have been blowing up the rest of the world for years in order to win independence for a province so dismal, backward, and windblown that you couldn't give the rat hole away. So why, with Barrington vanished, do terrorist incidents claimed by the "SOB" suddenly dry up?

A droll, playful novel, The New Republic addresses weighty issues like terrorism with the deft, tongue-in-cheek touch that is vintage Shriver. It also presses the more intimate question: What makes particular people so magnetic, while the rest of us inspire a shrug? What's their secret? And in the end, who has the better life—the admired, or the admirer?


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User Review  - Googoogjoob - Goodreads

A difficult book, but not "difficult" in a good way. The prose is so slick that it comes close to obnoxiousness, and at times I had to concentrate and reread a passage to get any meaning out of it ... Read full review

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User Review  - DGT - Goodreads

"Edgar had been born a fan." Satire is difficult to sustain over the span of a novel, particularly when Lionel Shriver goes out of her way, in novel after novel, to invent unsympathetic or flat ... Read full review


Authors Note
Long Time No
Security Theater
NinetyNine PushUps and Cloudberry Shampoo
01 The Empty Wingchair
No Trace Found of Reporter in Terrorist Stronghold
Saab Stories
Taken for SAPSS
Portugal Denies Immigration Overhaul Is SOB Appeasement
71 Friend of the Fucking Family
Supporting the Peace Process
Little Jack Coroner Sits on a Foreigner
Barringtonizing the Barking
Altavista Epilogue

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About the author (2012)

Lionel Shriver's novels include The New Republic, So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller 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.

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