Anything here sound familiar? If there is a genius to King it is that he can take the ills intrinsic to the point of being familiar in modern American society and twist them through hyperbole so that we are reintroduced to their corrosive nature. He holds up a circus mirror to make us reexamine the evils that we have become used to.
This very act produces not only a chance to see the America with fresh eyes but many chances at humor. For all of the darkness here, there is a great deal of comedy. I found myself laughing aloud and while simultaneously horrified by bookâ€™s macabre twists.
You might have noticed, if you try to be a politically correct grammarian as I do, that I seem to have slipped into the now archaic method of referring generically to all persons with a masculine pronoun. This is not the case. Except for one or two minor characters, this book is devoid of women. Iâ€™m not sure if this is an oversight by the author or another of his many points regarding what is wrong with America today. Given Abrahamâ€™s taut metaphors, I tend to think the later.
This is really an entertaining book. The idea is well conceived and the characters, even if I canâ€™t find myself caring for even the most sympathetic of them, are interesting enough to keep the pages turning.
But then this is a parable so who needs depth?