Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
Tooly has no home, and she moves through the world with different traveling companions. First there is Paul, who takes her to Thailand from Australia and enrolls her in an odious international school. She has a fourth-grade teacher, Mr. In , she has just moved to New York with Humphrey, who has taken on the role of parent or companion to her.
But at 21, Tooly is old enough to fend for herself. This gives the book a set of glib students who get their opinions from cable news and whose superficial political debates give Mr. Rachman much to skewer. For all its serious points, this book is never too busy for hilarity. The Tooly of has settled down enough to own a small, failing but lovingly maintained bookstore on the Welsh side of the Welsh-English border. But during the later parts of the novel, when it touches back down in and shows Tooly the true nature of all the adults she has known, there are scenes of breathtaking cruelty.
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This would be a much less potent book if it collapsed into a sob story. And Mr.
Rachman means to balance the individual characters in this story with the ways the world changes them. It is too much work getting to know new century. For a character who is more cynical, we now live a cyberhell that not even science fiction could have anticipated. The Dial Press.
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