Monday, April 11, 2011

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart


SSTLS was super funny yet super depressing, because it took issues that sometimes keep me up at night (injustice global warming war peak oil disasters consumerism superficiality getting old) and turned them into a future American apocalyptic reality. The book spoke to me - maybe because Mr. Shteyngart is a fellow member of Gen X, maybe because the sad sack main character, Lenny Abramov, loves books, maybe because he is a hopeless romantic, maybe because the world he lives in is largely being transformed in a way that he is ill-equipped to keep up with, maybe because he has one foot in the past and one foot in the future. Read it and weep.