Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seven of the best modern satires

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Joel Cunningham tagged seven of the sharpest modern satires, including:
Fobbit, by David Abrams

Every generation has its war, and every war inspires at least one novelist to again make the case for the irrationality of the whole affair, from Slaughterhouse-Five to Catch-22. The latest round in the chamber is this debut from Abrams, a veteran of the most recent conflict in Iraq. The book follows a group of soldiers stationed at Baghdad’s Forward Operating Base Triumph, their duties consisting mostly of paper-pushing desk jobs and trying not to lose their minds from boredom, while just a few miles away their comrades face ambush by suicide bombers. It’s funny, disturbing look at characters who have found themselves an unwitting part of the support structure for an era of endless conflict.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Fobbit.

Writers Read: David Abrams.

--Marshal Zeringue