because none of us is fucking up like we think we are, is what i'm trying to say

Sunday, 28 June 2009

'O' by Anonymous.


Let's get this straight. I'm not American. I know little to nothing about their political system, and the policies I try (and mostly fail) to understand in the fancy broadsheets confound me. I knew Bush was bad and Clinton screwed up, and that lots of women got upset some time ago that they were told to support Hilary Clinton for First Female President purely on the basis that she to had a fouf.

But.

What I do know is that back when the race was on for a new Democratic nominee, I was excited. And after Obama was elected president, I was excited. And after I lived in America for a bit, even though he pissed a lot of them off with his healthcare bill and inability to change Washington politics overnight, I was excited. So when I saw this book on the shelves, I was intrigued.

Maybe I wanted to like it because it cost me nearly fifteen quid. I tried not to let that sway my opinion though.

I ate this book right up. As a novel, it doesn't really stand up on it's own. As a guide to Washington politics, it fails. But combine the insider knowledge on the ins-and-outs of a presidential race, with a bit of love and lust and deceit and other strong emotions I'm unfamiliar with, and an anonymous author and BAM. I'm a fan, not least because I felt like I learnt something. Just a little bit.

Absolutely worth reading, and passing on to a friend, and then talking about lots afterwards. Five stars.
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