The New Republic

The New Republic

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Acclaimed author Lionel Shriver--author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the vivid psychological novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, now a major motion picture--probes the mystery of charisma in a razor-sharp new novel that teases out the intimate relationship between terrorism and cults of personality, explores what makes certain people so magnetic, and reveals the deep frustrations of feeling overshadowed by a life-of-the-party who may not even be present.

"Shriver is a master of the misanthrope. . . . [A] viciously smart writer." --Time
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Product details

  • Paperback | 536 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 36mm | 621.42g
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • Maps
  • 0062107194
  • 9780062107190
  • 358,307

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Disgruntled New York corporate lawyer Edgar Kellogg is more than ready to leave his lucrative career for the excitement and uncertainty of journalism. When he's offered the post of foreign correspondent in a Portuguese backwater that has sprouted a homegrown terrorist movement, Edgar recognizes Barrington Saddler, the disappeared reporter Edgar's been sent to replace, as exactly the outsize character he longs to emulate.

Yet all is not as it appears. Os Soldados Ousados de Barba--"The Daring Soldiers of Barba"--have been blowing up the rest of the world for years in order to win independence for a province so dismal and backward that you couldn't give the rat hole away. So why, with Barrington vanished, do terrorist incidents claimed by the "SOB" suddenly dry up?

The New Republic addresses weighty issues such as terrorism withthe deft, tongue-in-cheek touch that is vintage Shriver. It also presses the more intimate question: What makes particular people so magnetic, while the rest of us inspire a shrug? What's their secret? And in the end, who has the better life--the admired, or the admirer?
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Review quote

The dialogue zings and the writing is jazzy. . . . [Shriver] can toss off a sharp sketch of a passing character in a phrase, and she s got a gimlet eye for what s phony, or affected, or even touchingly vain in human behavior. --"Entertainment Weekly""
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1,458 ratings
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4 22% (320)
3 38% (552)
2 22% (326)
1 9% (132)
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