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The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047 (original 2016; edição 2017)

por Lionel Shriver (Autor)

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It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America's soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in meltdown. A bloodless world war will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Their inheritance turned to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment, but also -- as the effects of the downturn start to hit -- the challenge of sheer survival. Recently affluent Avery is petulant that she can't buy olive oil, while her sister Florence is forced to absorb strays into her increasingly cramped household. As their father Carter fumes at having to care for his demented stepmother now that a nursing home is too expensive, his sister Nollie, an expat author, returns from abroad at 73 to a country that's unrecognizable. Perhaps only Florence's oddball teenage son Willing, an economics autodidact, can save this formerly august American family from the streets. This is not science fiction. This is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of perhaps the most consistently perceptive and topical author of our times.… (mais)
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Título:The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047
Autores:Lionel Shriver (Autor)
Informação:The Borough Press (2017), Edition: 01, 528 pages
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The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 por Lionel Shriver (2016)

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Takes some conspiracy theories and imagines what it would be like living through them. An entertaining read. ( )
  alanz | Mar 20, 2021 |
I was fascinated by the very economic disaster. It was something like the Great Recession but much worse. I liked how characters suggested they would write a book called "The Corrections"; homage to Franzen. I would compare the dystopia to The Road, Blindness. The enduring resourcefulness can be found in Indian novels by Rohinton Mistry. But I am painting with a broad brush and comparing with other books I have liked. I simply loved The Mandibles. I now have to go back and read the rest of Shriver's work. ( )
  agdesilva | Feb 15, 2021 |
What a bleak and depressing fictional commentary on our current financial and political culture.

I must read it again! ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
A bit pedantic at times, but her vision of the future and an economic collapse is not merely plausible, but chilling. It slows down a bit in the middle, but picks up again towards the end. It's very American in scope, which is a bit myopic at times, but parallels the political and economic dumpster fire down south, and I wish it had more about what might happen with Canada in it. Nonetheless, a good read. ( )
  ichadwick | Dec 7, 2020 |
The Mandibles chronicles the life of the extended Mandible family during and after the worst economic crisis the US has ever seen. With the dollar worthless, the middle classes are worst hit as overnight many white collar workers lose their jobs and the worth of their investments. First world staples such as water, heat and food quickly become luxuries, and the extended Mandible family find themselves thrown together in a bid for survival.

I enjoy Lionel Shriver's novels as she's never scared of a contentious plot line, but her writing can be very uneven. This novel's only a few years old, yet it reads like a first novel in many ways. She spends the first 100 pages setting the scene of the economic problems in a way that feels very much tell rather than show, with dialogue that feels forced as she uses unnatural conversations between characters to over-explain the setting of the book. It particularly irked me that she kept throwing in clunky references to the technology of the future in a way that felt very amateurville (I'm walking down the street, so I'd better unfold my brand new xyz device in my pocket whilst simultaneously thinking about the demise of the old fashioned smart phones).

That being said, the middle section of the book flowed much better once she'd got all her scene-setting of the future and economic explanations out of the way. Given our current COVID-19 situation, what was scariest of all about this novel was that it no longer feels like dystopian nonsense that could never happen. Empty shelves in the shops? Panic buying? Tick - already done that. Mass unemployment - will we be ticking that box sometime in the very near future? Economic wipeout - how are so many countries going to pay back the billions that have been borrowed to tackle Coronavirus? How financially secure are we really - is it possible to lose everything you've worked for if the economy doesn't recover quickly?

It's all quite a sobering thought, although Shriver includes plenty of comedic streaks to somehow still keep things light(ish).

3 stars - an interesting read, but falls very much short of her best writing. ( )
  AlisonY | Aug 12, 2020 |
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It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America's soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in meltdown. A bloodless world war will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Their inheritance turned to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment, but also -- as the effects of the downturn start to hit -- the challenge of sheer survival. Recently affluent Avery is petulant that she can't buy olive oil, while her sister Florence is forced to absorb strays into her increasingly cramped household. As their father Carter fumes at having to care for his demented stepmother now that a nursing home is too expensive, his sister Nollie, an expat author, returns from abroad at 73 to a country that's unrecognizable. Perhaps only Florence's oddball teenage son Willing, an economics autodidact, can save this formerly august American family from the streets. This is not science fiction. This is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of perhaps the most consistently perceptive and topical author of our times.

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