• Booklist Namechecks Beckett for Ghosts of Tom Joad

    September 20, 2014

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    Posted in: #99Percent, Minimum Wage

    From Booklist, here’s the newest review of Ghosts of Tom Joad, with a generous comparison to Samuel Beckett:

    As Earl takes an endless bus ride around his hometown of Reeve, Ohio, we witness the downwardly spiraling events of his life as he tries to make sense of how a boom town went bust. It’s the twenty-first century, and the factory that founded and funded this Rust Belt town is gone, taking with it the livelihood and lives of hardworking and hard-drinking men like Earl and his father before him. Men who were duped into bartering their dreams of glory for what would turn out to be the empty promise of a steady wage.

    In a device that could well be employed in a Beckett drama, Earl’s mythical bus teems with a constant parade of unearthly visitors from his past—family, friends, and fellow downsized derelicts who, in their unreal way, convey the painful reality that erodes society when the American dream turns into a nightmare. A seasoned State Department diplomat, stalwart Iraq War whistleblower, and author of We Meant Well (2011), Van Buren turns his keen eye to the shameful treatment of the nation’s unemployed and homeless.

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    • teri said...


      Happy U.N. International Day of Peace to all and sundry.

      I wish I could think of something really witty and ironic to say about this, but it just seems fucking sad.

      – from the (so far) unoccupied hills of the East Coast.

      09/21/14 6:17 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Don’t worry. Hillary will make it all better.

      09/22/14 11:32 AM | Comment Link

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