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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?Dave Eggers once made people cry, or at least feel. You wouldn't know it now. While I enjoyed his polarizing 2013 technothriller The Circle, his...Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?FictionDave Eggers once made people cry, or at least feel. You wouldn't know it now. While I enjoyed his polarizing 2013 technothriller The Circle, his...2014-06-20Knopf
YOUR FATHERS, WHERE ARE THEY? AND THE PROPHETS, DO THEY LIVE FOREVER? Dave Eggers

YOUR FATHERS, WHERE ARE THEY? AND THE PROPHETS, DO THEY LIVE FOREVER? Dave Eggers

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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Genre: Fiction; Author: Dave Eggers; Status: In Season; Publisher: Knopf

Dave Eggers once made people cry, or at least feel. You wouldn’t know it now. While I enjoyed his polarizing 2013 technothriller The Circle, his new novel only fuels his critics’ chief complaint: that his hand has become heavier than his heart. Your Fathers — composed entirely in dialogue — centers on a troubled thirtysomething man who kidnaps, one by one, seven people (plus a dog) to…talk. In a series of conversations, the kidnapper uses (a) his friend’s untimely death and (b) NASA’s diminished ambitions to illustrate that young American lives today lack a sense of purpose. He makes his point loudly, but the belabored message would’ve better served a short story than this 200-plus-page hammer to the head. B-

Originally posted June 20 2014 — 12:00 AM EDT

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