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• Sunday, 06 December, 2020
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Each kids’ meal comes with an entrée, a side, and a drink, and includes one toy per purchase. Toys available during the promotion include She-Ra and Jordan action figures, collectible magnets, Swift Wind and Imp straw buddies, and an inflatable sword.

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Through April 30, a fast food chain is offering $1.99 kids meals. According to Chew boom, Sonic's Wacky Pack Kids Meal includes one select entrée paired with a side, drink and toy.

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Golden Palace spokesman Drew Black tells me the company plans to take its oddities on the road this summer, including visits to at least 16 state fairs. He had to rush off to orchestrate what proved to be Golden Palace's successful eBay bid, of about $255,000, for a 1999 Volkswagen Golf previously owned by the new Pope Benedict XVI.

This according to Toronto author and Globe and Mail contributor Li Robbins, who's busy on a biography of the late, great fiddler, to be published this fall by CBC. The pride of Tweed side, N.B., died in Halifax in 1973 after a career spanning more than 50 years, including a 10-year TV run that was “from Mother corp's womb untimely ripped” in 1969.

While Robbins has accumulated a lot of material, one element she's lacking is letters that Lesser may have written to fellow fiddlers and old-time music fans, as well as friends and acquaintances. The 55-year-old swain is pledging his troth to Elizabeth Wilford, a paralegal he met about two years ago, in a ceremony at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel.

Drains was last married in Toronto's Beth Shalom Synagogue in June 1971, to the former Pearl Kaplan, with whom he had two children before she filed a petition for divorce in 2000. The chain is known for its HOT-N-READY menu which is designed to allow for immediate pickup of menu items.

Is it possible that all the lovers of this book (it won the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award, it's “notable” to the New York Times and the American Library Association, it's one of Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of the Year) are doing exactly what Vladimir describes the “in-crowd” doing when “the next best thing” comes along? A linguist at heart, I love books loaded with non-English words, phrases, locations and names.

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Another account I couldn't pass up: “The Groundhog kissed Vladimir on both cheeks and then presented his own pock-marked ones. With the male Eastern European love overture complete, Vladimir was allowed to take his seat.

Again, a clever turn of a phrase, but basically, this described him to a T, and made him unlovable as the main character. In fact, it's amazingly well-written, and one of the reviewers (inside the cover, I think) even makes a comment about this author's love for and command of the language.

It gave me some insight into my dad's life (as an immigrant to America at age 21), and there were parts that made me laugh. It was also witty enough to make me do really dorky things like transcribe a couple lines I liked.

So sure, a lot of wacky and “zany” things happen to Vladimir, and much respect to Gary Shteyngart for actually making stuff up in a fiction book (despite having graduated from an MFA program), but sadly I just didn't care about most of it. Shteyngart has a wonderful sense of the absurd, and his penchant for eccentric characters is the main selling point of this romp in New York and an Eastern European city that has all the chaotic vibrancy and despair of any city emerging from behind the Iron Curtain.

'Satire of hipsters'?- maybe for about 10 pages, the rest just descended into the “comic” failures of Vladimir in the crime world... To be honest, I was turned off from the very first nine pages which were full of people saying how good the book was.

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'Satire of hipsters'?- maybe for about 10 pages, the rest just descended into the “comic” failures of Vladimir in the crime world... To be honest, I was turned off from the very first nine pages which were full of people saying how good the book was.

Fever pitch was the correct approach; it matches the pace of the story. In the grand tradition of immigrant novels, Vladimir Gershwin is a young man of Russian descent adrift in a sea of confusion. He works at an immigrant resettlement agency in New York City, making non-profit wages.

His girlfriend is a dominatrix by night, his father is an MC who scams Medicare, and his mother-well I né Fever pitch was the correct approach; it matches the pace of the story. In the grand tradition of immigrant novels, Vladimir Gershwin is a young man of Russian descent adrift in a sea of confusion.

He works at an immigrant resettlement agency in New York City, making non-profit wages. His girlfriend is a dominatrix by night, his father is an MC who scams Medicare, and his mother-well I never figured out exactly what it was she did, but she was trying to beat the Russian immigrant odds in the 1990s by going straight.

The book is part of a huge story called “How I Became an American” fraught with identity crises, family strife, and hilarity. The post-Soviet Union Russian criminal element is well represented but done with heavy sarcasm.

Shteyngart's Eastern European characters are raised to a level of slapstick often seen in film but rarely in novels. Rather than riches or enough to eat or religious freedom, safety is in the end what the displaced person craves most.

I particularly loathe the judgmental inner monologues, wherein he weighs people's coolness quotients by just how high they rank on the douchebag scale.I know it's supposed to be satire; I've just met too “A knowledgeable Russian lazing around in the grass, sniffing clover and munching on boysenberries, expects that at any minute the forces of history will drop by and discreetly kick him in the ass.

A knowledgeable Jew in a similar position expects history to spare any pretense and kick him directly in the face. Vladimir u”A knowledgeable Russian lazing around in the grass, sniffing clover and munching on boysenberries, expects that at any minute the forces of history will drop by and discreetly kick him in the ass.

A knowledgeable Jew in a similar position expects history to spare any pretense and kick him directly in the face. (347)The above is one of many apt descriptions offered up by this book of its protagonist, Russian-Jewish American Vladimir Gershwin, as it chronicles the misadventures of his WTF-post-liberal-arts-college years.

In overcoming his timidity and the tightening leash of his overbearing mother, Vladimir finds the courage to leave his demoralizing nonprofit job and pseudo-dominatrix girlfriend Challah for a life with Fran and NYC's plaid-clad hipster. But as the costs of vintage clothing and countless bar tabs start to add up, Vladimir needs money.

Like, thousands a month to live as a true hipster (you can only imagine just how much I appreciated this section). But, of course, everything goes awry, and slightly Raleigh, and only catapults Vladimir into an even more absurd business enterprise across the Atlantic in “the Paris of the '90s,” the diamond-in-the-rough of the former Soviet bloc, Prada.

Shteyngart always knows how to pack a sardonic punch, and this, his first novel, is no exception. While reading, I sometimes felt as though Shteyngart was beating me over the head (or the ass, or the face) with Vladimir's feelings of displacement arising from his Russian-Jewish background.

It was all beautifully written, of course, I didn't really mind, but it just seemed to lack the precision of his later works. This whole paragraph just sounds like I'm Latin' on the book for not being Super Sad True Love Story, so feel free to ignore it all.

In short, I have read all of Shteyngart's works at this point, in reverse order, and never once has he disappointed me. He dreams for something better, but the advice of his friends leads him, on one hand, to Florida, where he infuriates a Catalan mobster by refusing to be his calamity.

Then -- on the advice of a highly suspect Russia The Russian Debutante's Handbook by Gary Shteyngart is a humorous fantasy about a Russian immigrant who is trying to find himself, and usually finds himself in hot water. He dreams for something better, but the advice of his friends leads him, on one hand, to Florida, where he infuriates a Catalan mobster by refusing to be his calamity.

Then -- on the advice of a highly suspect Russian named Yaakov -- he goes to the Stolon Republic (a kind of generic east European country on the model of the Czech Republic) where Yaakov's son, the Groundhog, is in charge of the local rackets. In Prada, capital of Stolon, Vladimir and the Groundhog set up a highly successful pyramid scheme, until the Groundhog turns on him. Its three major skyscrapers standing above the cosmopolitan wreckage of factories aching to be nightclubs and chain restaurants; the squat miniskyscrapers that look as if they had been cut short in their prime; the hopeful grandeur of municipal buildings built at a time when the transport of hogs and heifers promised the city a commercial elegance that had expired with the animals...

But, somehow, this city has persevered against the unkind seasons and the storms that gather speed over Lake Erie. What keeps it worth reading is Shteyngart's wild imagination in depicting the American and the Eastern European scenes.

His Vladimir ranges from a schlemiel to a Picard as we progress through his efforts to find a love and a life in a strange land, wherever it may be. The reverse culture shock in coming back to the U.S. after being an expat in Europe is even more interesting than the original displacement, and this is observed and described in great detail and aptitude. As a former expatriate myself, I found this book to be comforting both in content and style.

The reverse culture shock in coming back to the U.S. after being an expat in Europe is even more interesting than the original displacement, and this is observed and described in great detail and aptitude. I found a dusty copy of this book lying unattended to on my mother's bookshelf, sandwiched between Updike and Dickens, believe it or not.

I believe what drew me in was a blurb on the back comparing Shtyngart to Saul Below. Indeed, the plot is analogous to The Adventures of Angie March (and in fact, I think there are a couple of allusions to that great novel in Shtyngart's novel), but if you go into this one looking for something akin to the beauty and flawlessness of Bellow's prose, you'll be dissed I found a dusty copy of this book lying unattended to on my mother's bookshelf, sandwiched between Updike and Dickens, believe it or not.

I believe what drew me in was a blurb on the back comparing Shtyngart to Saul Below. Indeed, the plot is analogous to The Adventures of Angie March (and in fact, I think there are a couple of allusions to that great novel in Shtyngart's novel), but if you go into this one looking for something akin to the beauty and flawlessness of Bellow's prose, you'll be disappointed, as I was. The Russian Debutante's Handbook is weighed down by clichés and characters of shallow depth (Morgan and Cohen come to mind).

The author, like his Russian predecessor, clearly has a knack for satire, for establishing the absurdity of this world, for mourning a loss of culture, and for warning against getting caught up in feeling superior to it; we're all fools, after all. This is a fun read, and I found myself laughing out loud more than a few times, but in the end, Shtyngart made it longer than it needed to be, and mistakenly tried to turn it into something of a thriller towards the very end (I refer, of course, to the 20+ page car-chase in the last chapter).

Maybe I came into this one with the bar set too high, but I do think this is quite an accomplishment for a first novel, and I am curious to read his next one. I bought this for 25 cents at a yard sale, and what a score that was... Standard’s humor bubbles up naturally from the ground, only fully carbonated and lime-flavored... I’ve seldom read a novel that gets underway so fast.

He hits you right away with a barrage of breezy, antic, cutting observations, all cleverly slotted within a breakneck plot. (For relief from the pace, the narrator has a wistful and weary side; and there's an undercurrent of geopolitical awareness to also help temper the hyper bought this for 25 cents at a yard sale, and what a score that was... Standard’s humor bubbles up naturally from the ground, only fully carbonated and lime-flavored... I’ve seldom read a novel that gets underway so fast.

He hits you right away with a barrage of breezy, antic, cutting observations, all cleverly slotted within a breakneck plot. (For relief from the pace, the narrator has a wistful and weary side; and there's an undercurrent of geopolitical awareness to also help temper the hyperactivity.

)Within a couple of chapters, I was mentally shelving RBC alongside other favorites such as Waugh’s Scoop, Pynchon’s Lot 49, Roth's Portnoy, Updike’s Beck is Back, Bellow’s Rain King, Waugh’s Scoop, Lodge’s Nice Work, Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. I feel like I went on a date with this guy that everybody said I would totally love, and I don't want to be rude or anything, but I'm really having a not-fun evening with him, I don't get the appeal, he seems like pretty much every other self-absorbed type telling his long and not very interesting story (OH DOES YOUR MOTHER EXPECT TOO MUCH SUCCESS FROM YOU HOW SPECIAL AND UNIQUE TELL ME MORE), and I realized around page 250 out of 400 or so that as the book is not a human being it is not at I feel like I went on a date with this guy that everybody said I would totally love, and I don't want to be rude or anything, but I'm really having a not-fun evening with him, I don't get the appeal, he seems like pretty much every other self-absorbed type telling his long and not very interesting story (OH DOES YOUR MOTHER EXPECT TOO MUCH SUCCESS FROM YOU HOW SPECIAL AND UNIQUE TELL ME MORE), and I realized around page 250 out of 400 or so that as the book is not a human being it is not at all a problem to just get up and walk away.

The sporty ha-ha renaming of Prague was also not funny to me, and I think he bet a lot of his money on that. Four and a half stars. Highly funny, and as for the audiobook, Rider Strong (which is an awesome name) read it really well.

In a part where they hire some DJ for their new super-pretentious dance club where horse tranquilizers are the new cocaine, as he is getting off the plane he yells, “MC Piano in DE has!! “His accent was so hilarious that I kept rewinding to hear it again. I want to make it my new ringtone. Four and a half stars. Highly funny, and as for the audiobook, Rider Strong (which is an awesome name) read it really well.

In a part where they hire some DJ for their new super-pretentious dance club where horse tranquilizers are the new cocaine, as he is getting off the plane he yells, “MC Piano in DE has!! “His accent was so hilarious that I kept rewinding to hear it again. I want to make it my new ringtone.

As the novel begins in the summer of 1993, Vladimir is back in New York City, working as a junior clerk for the Emma Lazarus Immigrant Absorption Society, where he provides assistance to more recent and less fortunate Russian immigrants than himself. Vladimir lives in a cockroach-infested apartment with his girlfriend Challah (yes, like the bread), a BDSM professional who is introduced to us on p.4 as a “downcast, heavyset American girlfriend whose bright orange hair was strewn across his Alphabet City hovel as if a cadre of Angora rabbits had visited.

A girlfriend whose sickly-sweet incense and musky perfume coated Vladimir's unwashed skin, perhaps to remind him of what he could expect on this, the night of his birthday: Sex.” He is at least serially monogamous, but our little Colony (as Shteyngart notes, the diminutive of “Vladimir” is not “Vlad”) tends to see the women in his life more... instrumentally, let's say, than as full-fledged friends or colleagues or, y'know, human beings.

A few pages farther in, for example, Vladimir and Challah's little apartment gets a visit from a rather aggressive cockroach: The intruder crawled along the crests and ridges of their bedsheets the way a big-rig truck weaves along a mountain highway, then executed a great leap forward into Vladimir's pillow.

I had pretty high expectations going into reading The Russian Debutante’s Handbook. I read Super Sad True Love Story over the summer, and thought that Shteyngart’s writing in it was witty and direct, and his character development deeply humanizing.

Lenny Abrams, the protagonist of Super Sad True Love Story, expresses his feelings so strongly and outwardly that it’s hard not to sympathize and identify with him. If Stewart’s writing style were to be relatively constant between books then The Run had pretty high expectations going into reading The Russian Debutante’s Handbook.

I read Super Sad True Love Story over the summer, and thought that Shteyngart’s writing in it was witty and direct, and his character development deeply humanizing. Lenny Abrams, the protagonist of Super Sad True Love Story, expresses his feelings so strongly and outwardly that it’s hard not to sympathize and identify with him.

And, while his satirization are often valid, and his writing clever, the book feels tedious and smug as a result of them. Shteyngart is keenly aware of the legacy of immigrant fiction, and its default message.

The protagonists, as ex patriots of their birth country, can no longer identify with their home culture and people. Stewart recognizes this tradition while at the same time using it as a means to tease both Russia (his birth country) and America (his immigrant home).

Like Lenny, Vladimir is the son of Russians Jews, striving to be part of a culture/group that he feels he can never wholly join. He indiscriminately scams, uses, and lies to everyone, propelled by a feeling that he is owed something from the world by his in-between status.

There are all these crazy liberal artsy Americans heading to Prague and forming their own little society there. Hell, they even pretend to understand, and actually act upon, social disconnects left by the disintegration of the USSR.

When it can seduce almost any reader, regardless of its plot, because the characters are so well crafted, the writing is seamlessly poetic, and nimble comedy keeps any tragedy from taking itself too seriously. Shteyngart's novel exceeds these expectations, having entranced a reader who previously found every mafia tale she'd ever encountered supremely nauseating.

While a few classic features of mobster fiction can be foamy ultimate credo: A story becomes literature when it transcends its genre. When it can seduce almost any reader, regardless of its plot, because the characters are so well crafted, the writing is seamlessly poetic, and nimble comedy keeps any tragedy from taking itself too seriously.

Shteyngart's novel exceeds these expectations, having entranced a reader who previously found every mafia tale she'd ever encountered supremely nauseating. While a few classic features of mobster fiction can be found scattered among the jokes, the twists, and the multi-cultural philosophy, there is no bitter after-taste of a formula having been followed.

Absurdity is quickly revealed as the writer's greatest strength and with it, he exhibits the importance not of a protagonist with whom we must completely identify but of one who ballet dances along the razor's edge between amusing and annoying, sympathetic and selfish. When you find yourself willing to fight tooth and nail for an admitted semi-idiot who just ten pages ago was committing crimes all too familiar to you from the receiving end, and ten pages earlier had your bottom lip quivering over his Muppet-like fears of the big bad world, you know he's become family to you.

Not even MAD material, here.I wouldn't mind this annoyance if the book hadn't made me crazy in other ways. Not even MAD material, here.I wouldn't mind this annoyance if the book hadn't made me crazy in other ways.

I can't stop reading a book if I'm far enough in, and unfortunately I didn't realize I hated this until I was past that point of no return. At the age of seven, Shteyngart immigrated to the United States with his family from Leningrad.

At the age of seven, Shteyngart immigrated to the United States with his family from Leningrad. His essay “The Mother Tongue between Two Slices of Rye” appears in the Library of America anthology and shows a writer with some nostalgia for the Soviet Russia of his childhood, especially for the Russian language.

The LOA introduction to the essay quotes Shteyngart as saying that childhood in Soviet Leningrad “only became horrible once you were an adult.” Shteyngart's first novel, “The Russian Debutante's Handbook” (2002) predates the short essay discussed above.

In the essay, Shteyngart notes the partially autobiographical character of the novel, especially as it involves the main character's, Vladimir Gershwin, thinking, dreaming, fearing, and counting money in his native Russian. “The Russian Debutante's Handbook” includes many witty turns of phrase, funny scenes, and perceptive observations.

The characters in the book and the conflicting cultures, American and Russian, with which it deals are portrayed as amoral with everyone in search only of material success and the main chance. The novel tells the story of the young Vladimir Gershwin who immigrated from Russia with his parents, a successful doctor and lawyer, in 1972 as part of a Carter administration initiative to allow Russian Jews to immigrate in exchange for American grain to alleviate a severe food shortage.

He meets a strange Russian man who, for some reason is enamored of fans and who has had his application for U.S. At the time, Vladimir is living with a young overweight dominatrix named Calla.

He jettisons Calla for an upscale New York woman, the daughter of two prominent academics. Vladimir hopes his relationship with this woman will help ease his loneliness and pervasive alienation and help him find his place in American life.

In search of money, Vladimir engages in a pair of highly questionable schemes and most flee the United States for his life. The first part, sketched above in the briefest terms, takes place in New York while the second takes place in Prada (Prague) in its days as a cultural mecca and as a home for American and European young people.

The enterprising Vladimir plans a Ponzi scheme -- a term and technique used by a relative and related to him by his mother -- on the wealthy and superficial Americans lounging about Prada pretending to be writers and bohemians. Prada remains under the shadow of the Soviet Union as shown by a large statue of Stalin and his feet.

Vladimir falls in love with a woman named Morgan, from a small town in Ohio. At first blush, Morgan appears to be the wholesome American girl, well-to-do, happy with her life, a basketball player, and spending a brief time in Prada before going home to settle down.

The Russian mafioso boss ultimately discovers how Vladimir cheated his father. Through Vladimir's perspective, the book offers a sharp, negative view of late 20th Century life, both in the communist world and in America.

Far from glorifying the Russian mob or communism, Vladimir still seems to feel for most of the novel more at home in Prada than in America. Although Vladimir seeks success in the United States, under pressure from his mother, he never seems to like the country or its people or to see much value in what it offers beyond the opportunity to get rich.

I thought the book grossly overdone, its tone sharp, its characters stereotypical, and its portrayal of the United States unconvincing. Many of the writers in the Library of America collection insight fully address this issue.

For readers searching for varying perspectives on the immigrant experience, this book might be of interest. Vladimir Gershwin, a Russian Jewish immigrant living in New York City, is quite a character.

Most of the action takes place in a lawless Eastern European melting pot called Prada. I’m not sure I loved this book, which came with lots of accolades, but I was entertVladimir Gershwin, a Russian Jewish immigrant living in New York City, is quite a character.

Most of the action takes place in a lawless Eastern European melting pot called Prada. Set in the 1990s in New York City, the book is essentially a satire on hipster culture.

Set in the 1990s in New York City, the book is essentially a satire on hipster culture. Ten years after its publication, I wonder if any of the critics who breathed hot steam all over The Russian Debutante's Handbook now have morning-after second thoughts.

Because I don't see where Shteyngart's first novel “tops Saul Bellow's for bounce and Philip Roth's for wit.” It's tidily crafted and smoothly written, an easy read and occasionally clever.

It's tidily crafted and smoothly written, an easy read and occasionally clever. Wanting to be both realistic and unique, to walk that line between post-9/11 realism and Pynchon hi jinks, it takes a semi-outlandish premise that fails at both realism and satirical exaggeration: it simply feels false.

This works for the Marx Bros., but TR DH seems to want wackiness AND verisimilitude, and ends up compromising both. Besides being inept, Vlad is soft, rubbishy, and mawkishly needy.

The first one he meets when he's atrociously drunk; he delivers three clumsy lines and passes out. Based on this mighty first impression, the woman takes him home, leaves him alone in her pad, gives him her name and phone number, and invites him to a party as well as to meet her parents, all within a few hours.

An unexpected misfortune from tearing down the Wall was all these millennial U.S. writers streaming in to strip mine the former Soviet Union for fresh fictional foreigners. Evil characters are corpulent blobs or slabs of granite; the shallow semi-evil are predatory skinny.

The good women are beautiful; the not-so-good are too thin and breastless or fat and dumpy. All characters in TR DH are straight out of the USA Network central casting.

In the final chase an entire Olympus of gods orchestrates Vladimir's escape. Maybe eight pages of critical acclaim raised my expectations a wee bit too high.

But if this was the future of literary fiction ten years ago, I'm glad I didn't see it coming. Deep into the night, while the world around me was quietly asleep, I walked in and out of my room.

Deep into the night, while the world around me was quietly asleep, I walked in and out of my room. But Vladimir Gershwin, this mid twenties American, Russian, Jew... is under some serious pressure from his mother to perform.

And back to his 'sweet' romantic life lies Challah, the ultimate source of his unhappiness. Say this aging Russian guy shows up at his work place, with a proposal of making him into 'something,'in exchange for something.

Then come the weak spot and off Vladimir is gone to some place in Europe where he meets the man's son Groundhog. Here my stomach is collecting the deepest and sharpest aspects of pain, telling me heaven is across the frontier.

So Vladimir arrives in Prada where he develops a grand scheme of defrauding Americans of their money. And in the ugliness of it comes a girl who falls in love with a man reading a poem.

Perhaps not the horse shit that comes into Prada from the states to fuck up “innocents”... I just need a damn painkiller. Groundhog's father Nabokov is discovered not to be American, after all those letters to the New York Times.

It is detailed and at times funny, with a keen eye at the ever expanding possibility of the English language. The Russian Debutante's Handbook lacks the precision that his later novels possess.

The Russian Debutante's Handbook lacks the precision that his later novels possess. But there are all the hallmarks I enjoyed in Absurdist an and Super Sad True Love Story-- libidinal excess, the grim fruits of the New Economy, and a heartfelt core in which our protagonists, as ridiculous as they are, are simply looking for a way to be a little less alone.

I'm currently reading this and laughing out loud every ten minutes and wishing I could write dialog like this. I'm currently reading this and laughing out loud every ten minutes and wishing I could write dialog like this.

Would that I could date a Russian mobster instead of falling in love with the long haired poet guy. I liked that the whole rubbishy Jew trope was inverted by the main character becoming an outlaw Eastern European gangster.

It did feel a bit frenetic and disconnected at times (many, especially his various lovers, seemed to be discarded without resolution throughout the book), but that could have been the fact that I listened to this on audiobook at 2x speed (read by Rider Stormy first Shteyngart, and I really enjoyed it. I liked that the whole rubbishy Jew trope was inverted by the main character becoming an outlaw Eastern European gangster.

It did feel a bit frenetic and disconnected at times (many, especially his various lovers, seemed to be discarded without resolution throughout the book), but that could have been the fact that I listened to this on audiobook at 2x speed (read by Rider Strong, aka the snake bitten Sean Hunter, BFF of Corey Matthews from TV's “Boy Meets World”! Without proper care, satire can devolve into a forced ride along authorial whims with only flat and equally manipulated characters for company.

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