Game Control

A Novel

by Lionel Shriver

On Sale: 07/03/2007

Game Control

A Novel

by Lionel Shriver

On Sale: 07/03/2007

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About the Book

Eleanor Merritt, a do-gooding American family-planning worker, was drawn to Kenya to improve the lot of the poor. Unnervingly, she finds herself falling in love with the beguiling Calvin Piper despite, or perhaps because of, his misanthropic theories about population control and the future of the human race. Surely, Calvin whispers seductively in Eleanor's ear, if the poor are a responsibility they are also an imposition.

Set against the vivid backdrop of shambolic modern-day Africa—a continent now primarily populated with wildlife of the two-legged sort—Lionel Shriver's Game Control is a wry, grimly comic tale of bad ideas and good intentions. With a deft, droll touch, Shriver highlights the hypocrisy of lofty intellectuals who would "save" humanity but who don't like people.

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Critical Praise

“One of the best works of fiction about Africa I’ve ever read.” - The New Statesman

“Lionel Shriver has written a sardonic, sexy, salutary novel about, of all things, population control.” - The New Scientist

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061239502
  • ISBN 10: 006123950X
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 07/03/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price:16.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / General

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