Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Review :: Landscape With Invisible Hand

Landscape With Invisible Hand - M. T. Anderson


"National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson returns to future Earth in a sharply wrought satire of art and truth in the midst of colonization."

Huh.  This ARC arrived with no blurb on the back and, curious, I read the first chapter to see what was up.  It was compulsive reading from there on in.  It's unlikely I would've pulled this book from the shelf, the cover art does nothing for me, but I'm glad I read it.  It's short and would happily consume an afternoon.  Time well spent, in my opinion.

  • This story is relevant.  I mean it's about an alien take-over, ya know, but still totally relevant.  Lol.  The most obvious connection to current times is the poor-vs.-rich gap, and the low quality of life (and life expectancy) of those below the poverty line.  I mean, yeah.  Sobering.
  • Adam is a bit of an unlikeable protag - for me anyway.  But I was rooting for him!  Truly.  'Dem brakes.
  • I loved the descriptions of art.  I would love to see the actual pieces, coz in my mind they are real pieces, so vividly described.  The cover is very fitting, in retrospect (though I would still like to see a different version).
  • There are some really funny lines.  This is a very bleak story, but with a sharp sense of humour. Definitely black humour, fyi.
  • This is a bit of a gritty tale, with more substance than meets the eye.  One to read and ponder afterwards.  I can see this one making the leap onto the secondary school reading list.  I think it would be a valuable addition.

Review copy kindly provided by Walker Books.

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