#fridayreads

Busy, busy times.

Hari Kunzru’s Gods Without Men
This is a big book. An ensemble of characters hailing from different backgrounds, all converging upon each other in the middle of the desert. Spanning from the beginning of America to today, Gods Without Men is about UFOs, the financial crisis, class issues, autism, the Iraq War, etc. In a literary culture featuring critics who might be a little too trigger-happy to hail a work as distinctly American, Kunzru’s fourth novel stands out. It might seem cliche to focus on the diversity of the characters — or to call that very quality of Gods Without Men American. But the sentiment is not the usual we-come-from-different-places-but-we’re-so-alike tripe. Rather, Kunzru shows that we’re really not. And that that’s okay.

Look for our review Monday.

 

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