My Rating: 5 Stars
This was probably one of the most entertaining and intelligently written satires I’ve read in a long time.
This great and very humorous satire tells the story of Leopold Plotkin and his constant stand against the political and social rules and laws of the small town of Fettig. Accused of having committed a hilarious and unrealistic crime, Leopold faces the long, complex and absolutely maddening legal process.
I’m not usually a person that laughs out loud in the middle of the bus like a crazy person, but with this novel it was impossible not to. First, the style of writing is perfect. I connected with the story right from the beginning and story-line was very well thought and organized. I was very happy to see a list of characters in the beginning since I tend to forget or mix up characters. I managed to not lose myself with them, which is the highest compliment I can give to the author.
I studied a bit of European law back in the day but not in depth. The authors experience in the field definitely served to give a taste of ‘real’ in this absurd reality. Secondly, the way these absurd realities and events are presented, described and how marvellously close they are to reality. The characters are included in this bit! The lunacy of it all, put together with an amazing set of characters each one with their own beliefs made this an incredible reading, one that I will remember for a very long time.
One of the things I appreciated the most: the names of the institutions and their correspondent head. It was impossible not to laugh every time one new came up: “Permanent Acting Director of Admissions and/or Discharges at the Warehouse for the Purportedly Insane”, “The Alter Ego” and the “Purgatory House of Detention” are few of the names that got me the most!
Krakoff is an amazing writer as he mocks the gaps and the unfairness of the legal system and incoherence of religion. Absolutely perfect novel that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys smart and subtle humour about society.
I want to thank the author Jere Krakoff for reaching out and allowing me to read his novel in exchange for an honest review.
Hope you find an idea for your next reading here.