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From the first paragraph, this is a startlingly original novel. The content slaps you across the face immediately and demands that you wake up and pay attention because this is not a derivative story and you're going to have to concentrate to understand what's going on.Fine.Original.Demanding.Great, if it makes itself worth the effort, which, at first, it seemed to. Then Liz Jensen decided to gild the lily by messing about with punctuation.What is wrong with normal quotation marks?I find that th...
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In my opinion, this dystopia belongs up there with "Brave New World" and "1984". Welcome to Atlantica, an island nation sitting on top of the world's trash and making bank charging the world disposal fees. But as politicians often do, they would rather demonize the scientists who predict environmental crisis down the road. Instead, they pipe in pleasant smells and encourage people to spy on their neighbors. It's up to our mentally ill criminal hero to set things right.
I wanted to try and read something relatively quick, and so picked up this dystopian novel by Liz Jensen, an author whom I have enjoyed the work in in the past. I'm not the biggest fan of dystopias or science fiction novels (in fact, I'm not a fan at all), so I took quite a punt on this. It turned out that it wasn't suitable for my personal taste. I read the first thirty pages, but did not connect with it, and found it both strange and confusing.
I'd heard a lot about Liz Jensen and admired what I'd seen in synopsis. I didn't really warm to this book because of the main character and I didn't much care what was going on. That's not going to stop me giving her other novels a try, though as I think she has imaginative ideas and wants to try bold things with stories. The Paper Eater isn't for me, though - or perhaps I'm just squeamish.
This gloriously angry book rages at modern day consumerism and asks what a society ruled by a corporation might look like. At the centre of the tale are two misfits. Harvey Kidd is the paper eater of the title, an orphan who created his own family from his fractured mind after a trauma, and Hannah Park with a complex and rare social disorder. Both are fascinating characters in the midst of a conspiracy that threatens both their lives. Excellent read.
On the artificial island of Atlantica, politics has been replaced by consumerism, with the Libertycare computer running every aspect of life on the island. One of Atlantica's main sources of prosperity is its willingness to receive the world's garbage, no matter how toxic, and store it in the porous rock on which the island stands, and another is the prison ships that circle the world picking up new inmates and occasionally stopping off in Atlantica for a 'Final Adjustment'.The islanders are now...
Hay mucho que decir sobre este libro. Nuestra historia comenzó cuando paseaba por una feria del libro y lo vi en un estante de libros baratos. La portada (de tusquets editores) me atrapó inmediatamente y la sinopsis me hizo comprarlo a pesar de que no me respetaron el descuento. :(Tenía muchísimas esperanzas en él. Las expectativas eran altísimas y cumplió, pero no cumplió. La historia es fascinante y Jensen merece que nos quitemos el sombrero ante sus ideas y su forma de expresarlas en papel. H...
The Paper Eater. Another inventive psychological thriller cum black comedy cum dystopia from Liz Jensen. This time it’s a combination of an isolated society managed by corporate software, a small-time fraudster convicted of a serious crime he didn’t do, a cast of female characters suffering from a variety of misdiagnosed psychological issues, an imaginary family full of incestuous undercurrents, and a cell-mate uneducated in the game of chess. Oh, not forgetting, the title of the book which come...
Another original work from Jensen. The Paper Eater is Harvey Kidd, who is made a scapegoat of a malfunction in the computer-run Atlantican republic. To keep himself from blurting the truth and subsequently bringing forward his execution, he munches trial papers in to papier mache, turning them into chess pieces resembling those who screwed him over.The usual mix of psychological disorders, characterisation and plain foreplay helped with the speed of reading - I finished this in three days. Howev...
I love books that are different, quirky and unusual, so when I read the cover blurb on this book, then read the reviews on Goodreads, I was expecting great things. Unfortunately, I found the book very hard to get into and found that not only did I not care for any of the characters, I struggled to remember who each of them were as I went through the book. The Goodreads rating for this book is pretty high, so I guess I am in the minority, but isn't that what reading and opinions are all about?! D...
I'm becoming a firm Liz Jensen fan; I've now read all her books bar one, and liked them, despite the occasional flaw. This early work is no exception.Dividing the screen time between its eccentric protagonists, Harvey and Hannah, it's a vividly rendered dystopian tragicomedy, lampooning our consumer culture mercilessly. I loved the portrayal of the morally bankrupt Libertycare and its Boss. This would make a fantastic short film or radio drama.
A bit difficult to get into because of the jargon of the future, but after a while that's exactly what makes it entertaining and engaging. A great dystopian story of a corporation replacing democratic government and the sorts of deception required for it to appear successful.
A strange book which took me a while to get into. Once I did enjoyed it. Liz Jensen is always an interesting author.
really interesting, oppressive and disturbing read.
fiction. one of my favorite authors. social commentary, has a vein of a negative utopia.
I can't say I enjoyed this book all that much but it was extremely engrossing. Sort of MT Anderson dystopia meets Terry Gilliam. The characterization was great.
El final me decepcionó un poco.
This book was very enjoyable and spooky. It was not difficult to imagine such a world in our near future.