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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

by Dave Eggers

An intriguing hostage scenario, revealed in a series of interrogations between an alienated young man and his prisoners - the various authority figures he holds to account for his disillusionment with modern American society. This surreal message-driven psychodrama, written entirely in dialogue, plays with our moral assumptions to trigger a debate, as to whether too much freedom can become a burden. The audiobook delivers a great experience.

Extract

- First of all, sir, I want to apologise. I didn’t want to bring you here, but I really couldn’t think of any way round it.
- Who are you?
- We’ve met once, but I don’t know if you’d remember. But it doesn’t matter so much who I am. I just want to apologize for bringing you here. I didn’t have any intention of doing this, but then circumstances conspired to make it necessary. I have this astronaut next door, and he was talking about what happened to him and the Shuttle, and we were talking about the moon, and colonies there, and about government priorities, and then I had this idea that someone like you would have some of the answers that we needed. And I knew you’d retired out this way, so I had to go and get you and bring you here.
- Holy Christ on a cracker.

Parallels

Checkpoint by Nicholson Baker
The Sunset Ltd. by Cormac McCarthy
(anything) by Thomas Pynchon
 

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