I can tell you right now that Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimutte is going to be on my Best of 2016 list. I loved it. Tulathimutte could have so easily taken a great idea and made several missteps, but he doesn’t. The tone is perfect. The language is spot on. It’s brilliant.
Private Citizens recounts the post university life of four Stanford grads and they are struggling. It is steeped in the political/ ethical righteousness that only those with the privilege of higher education can muster. It is entirely rooted in theory with little actual experience. Vegan, fregan, hyper-political correctness abound. And this is where Tulathimutte hits the tone so perfectly.
And Tulathimutte has delivered a truly diverse cast of characters without it seeming the least bit forced. It reflects the world in which I live. There is no mandatory friend of colour, but someone who happens to be from an under-represented group. There isn’t the stereotypically “gay” friend, but instead someone experimenting with their sexuality for very real reasons.
Who would like this book? I think it’s safe to say that not all of my readers will find Private Citizens as thrilling as I did. It is pushing boundaries, so if you like your literary fiction staid and traditional then this may not be for you. Don’t let the university friends thing fool you, this is not The Interestings. It reminded me more of Want Not by Jonathan Miles (review).
Ooohhh, I haven’t heard of this one but it sounds like one I need to pick up! Thanks for convincing me 🙂
I think that in the coming weeks we’ll be hearing a lot about it.
If it’s like Want Not, then it’s going on the list! That was a good book.
Want Not was good, but this is even better.
As I left Academia pretty sick of the particular things this book appears to discuss, I think I might love this book as much as you did. -Tania
It’s a pretty good take down of a lot of academic and intellectual pretensions.
Oh wow, not one but two books for the TBR. Both this and Want Not sound right up my alley.
Hope you enjoy!
I had not heard of this one — so thanks. I’m interested to add it my TBR. Sounds like a satire about the millennials
I’d not heard of this book before either and I’m not quite sure what I’d think of it from your review, so I’ll have to read more about it and see 🙂
I haven’t seen many reviews for it either. I’m excited to see what others think.
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