A future where the US dollar is melting down deserves a better novel than Lionel Shriver’s new book

A new novel by Lionel Shriver draws attention for more than one reason. Not only is the acclaimed author to be talked about Kevin, but he also recorded a reputation overnight in September 2016, saying a small speech about the cultural appropriation of Brisbane Festival Writers.

Shriver tried to explain that writing cultures other than his own had allowed for formidable and influential literature. He rejected the idea that writing about what was not his was problematic in any way. She said it was a symptom of a culture of “sensitivity”.

In fact, Shriver noted concerns among other cultures, strange colors, trans and other types of marginalization that his stories were stolen and packaged for profit.

Michiko Kakutani, a reviewer of the venerated New York Times, tweeted Shriver’s speech, which approves twice as much of his message. The world of the book was divided.

This is because one of the first characters to appear in his latest novel, Tiburón, Esteban, a man in America without a university degree, a good lover and a good man who helps in the home, since it is Latin origin.

The thoughts of his partner, a white woman named Florence, often return to their Latin identity. In one of the many passages of the genre, Florence thinks,

… found the stained hazelnut Esteban, silky black braid and high cheeks irresistibly attractive and tall. In its otherness, it expanded its world and allows access to a rich and complex parallel universe of the United States …

If I have not written this book, I would have closed at that time. Not because I am very sensitive, but because it is a superficial observation about a character. In the opening pages of the novel, we were told that people of color occupy a universe parallel to the United States.

In the book, Esteban is one of the characters that we see the least. The only black character in the book has dementia, is fed by force and is depicted as violent.

However, when I started reading Shriver, I had to talk about Kevin, he did not stop until I finished. It was a fascinating, honest and original book that deserves the glory and receives the public.

But while the novel spent time to understand its characters an almost atomic level, people are autonomous in jaws for real people.

We have a woman who works in a shelter for the homeless, a novelist who wrote a revealing book about her parents, a child who understands economics deeply, an aging patriarch, a teenage prostitute, and many others.

The Shark: A family, 2029-2047, is a dystopian set in the not-too-distant future of a middle-class family in the United States of America. There are no zombies, ribbons or desolate landscapes.

Dystopia is financial: the dollar is blocked and the national debt of the United States exceeds the goal of reality reimbursed. The price of the product is so inflated that $ 20 neck heads are the most economical option. Showers are allowed once a week. Dishes are washed in dirty water.

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