Turn of the century – kurt andersen. A weighty novel that I decided to carry around with me as the last book I read in Thailand! Not the most sensible of decisions but there we go. The story is centered around a new media married couple – one in software development, the other in TV shows – both big industries at the end of the 20th century in New York where the story is set. We follow their lives and internal observations on minutiae in a manner not unlike American Psycho but with much less blood. In fact, apart from some interesting machinations around a Microsoft takeover and a new TV show nothing much seems to happen – although everything has importance. Ultimately there is a story in there, but it’s lost to the acute observations of 20th century life – without which the novel would be a slim novella and a lot easier to carry. Not a must read, but readable nonetheless.

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