Hystopia

Hystopia

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"By the early 1970s, President John F. Kennedy has survived several assassination attempts and--martyred, heroic--is now in his third term. Twenty-two-year-old Eugene Allen returns home from his tour of duty in Vietnam and begins to write a war novel--a book echoing Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse-Five--about veterans who have their battlefield experiences "enfolded," wiped from their memories through drugs and therapy. In Eugene's fictive universe, veterans too damaged to be enfolded stalk the American heartland, reenacting atrocities on civilians and evading the Psych Corps, a federal agency dedicated to upholding the mental hygiene of the nation by any means necessary. This alternative America, in which a veteran tries to re-imagine a damaged world, is the subject of Hystopia, the long-awaited first novel by David Means."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780865479135
0865479135
9780374714871
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mea
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 22 cm

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Aug 30, 2016

I mostly liked all the of the permutations of the "enfolding" process as experienced by the various characters..I can really see the possible real life attempts of the medical psychological community to come up with SOMETHING to make it all better even though that seems to be an impossible goal given what we know about trauma. Rake was too scary and seemed to warrant his own x-rated comic series.

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