The Happiest People in the World

The Happiest People in the World

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"[A] dark and funny satire . . . Infidelities, secret identities and double-crosses . . . Reflects the absurdity of any country obsessed with spying on its own people." -- The Wall Street Journal

Take the format of a spy thriller, shape it around real-life incidents involving international terrorism, leaven it with dark, dry humor, toss in a love rectangle, give everybody a gun, and let everything play out in the outer reaches of upstate New York--there you have an idea of Brock Clarke's new novel. Filled with wonder and anger in almost equal parts, The Happiest People in the World is a ripped-from-the-headlines tale of paranoia and the all-American obsession with security and the conspiracies that threaten it.

"A literary first: a book that feels like the love child of Saul Bellow and Hogan's Heroes, full of authorial cartwheels of comedy and profundity." -- GQ

" The Happiest People in the World begins with a raucous bar scene featuring party streamers, smoke, prone bodies, spilled fluids and a stuffed moose with a surveillance camera in its left eye . . . [Clarke has] success in dreaming up oddball originals that have instant appeal." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"[Clarke] creates books that taste like delicious cuts of absurdity marbled with erudition." -- The Washington Post

"A whiz-bang spy satire bundled in an edgy tale of redemption . . . His comedy of errors is impossible to put down." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A darkly hilarious novel . . . The writing is clever, the dialogue snappy and understated, and the effect is as pleasantly unsettling as anything Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ever wrote." -- The Portland Sun

"A zany and fast-paced book that explores the myriad ways people of all nations make themselves and others unhappy." -- Chicago Tribune, Printer's Row

"Ranks among the funniest and most relevant social satires I've read . . . It might just make you the happiest reader in the world." -- The Dallas Morning News
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616201111
1616201118
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 22 cm

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mythoughts
Jun 09, 2016

Absurd, yes, but in a good way. Like "An Arsonist's Guide..." there were weak parts but enough good ones to keep going. Plot twists so blatantly and purposely ridiculous that they're entertaining.

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KCWeimer
Jun 25, 2015

This was an interesting story. I thought it might be more funny. It was more an absurdist comedy. Good but different than anticipated

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