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Description - Game Control by Lionel Shriver

The title of this book is Game Control and is written by author Lionel Shriver. The book Game Control is published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc. The ISBN of this book is 9780061239502 and the format is Paperback. The publisher has not provided a book description for Game Control by Lionel Shriver.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780061239502
ISBN-10: 006123950X
Format: Paperback
(204mm x 136mm x 19mm)
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Book Review: Game Control by Lionel Shriver - Reviewed by (22 Oct 2013)

Game Control is the fifth novel by American author, Lionel Shriver. This novel is set in Kenya in the early 1990s and concerns demographics and AIDs. The main characters are a vengeful misanthrope, Calvin Piper, and a guilty do-gooder, Eleanor Merritt. Eleanor works for a Family Planning agency and encounters the charismatic Piper at various Aid conferences. Despite his provocative and controversial opinions about population control (eg allow infant mortality to increase by stopping vaccination), Eleanor falls in love with Piper. But Piper declares himself incapable of love since the death of his black African mercenary girlfriend, Panga (who haunts his cottage still, offering commentary and opinion). In his genial despair, Piper’s sparring partner on population matters is the morbidly euphoric Wallace Threadgill, a continuing source of optimistic clippings from papers and magazines. When Eleanor accidentally stumbles on Piper’s solution to the population explosion, her love for Piper is tested against her commitment to humanity. In this blackly comic offering, Shriver deftly presents two sides of the population control debate, while illustrating the power of statistics. Shriver’s extensive research is apparent in every paragraph. Brilliant.

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