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by Helen DeWitt
Beatty’s voice is as appealing, erudite, and entertaining. It is a lacerating, learned, witty, and vulgar voice -- brash and vulnerable and self-righteous in its jeremiad against self-righteousness of any kind.
There is an almost gravitational pull towards farce that draws everything from Congressional budget negotiations to the badminton competition at the 2012 London Olympics into its field. Several recent farcical works have crafted its chaotic order to predictably entertaining effect. If you missed any of these the first time around, fear not.
Every now and then, you find a book that feels like it was keyed to your DNA. This was like that for me.