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DThe novel includes revealing and insightful portraits of many prominent figures in the political world some invented and some rea O A Presidential Novel is a poor excuse of a novel Written by Anonymous who is obviously a political insider and clearly not a writer the book is dull poorly characterized and a slog of a read In fact I only completed it out of a stupid sense of finishing what I startedPlotting in this book is insanely bad jumping all over the place The author introduces almost a dozen I counted sub plots in which they hint at something interesting to follow and then drops completely never to be heard of again Where was the editor of this novelMy biggest disappointment with this text is that the premise was rich with possibilities The 2012 presidential campaign and the personalities of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney could be the stuff of rich characterizations But that takes a real novelist to pull off and Anonymous is not that personSave yourself don t read this text

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The truth only fiction can tellThis is a novel about aspiration and delusion set during the presidential election of 2012 and writ This is an abysmal attempt at novel writing The conceit of having an Anonymous author is really the only semi interesting thing this book has going for it Although it promotes itself as a fictionalized novel of the Obama presidency the writing is so clunky and uninspired the plot so unimaginative and the characters ostensibly based on real people so wooden that any larger point about politics or power or the media if it exists is lost in the muddle of poor executionUnlike its anonymous political counterpart Primary Colors this book is never smart enough to reach the level of satire You know it s going to be rough going from the moment you see a list of character names and descriptions preceding the opening pages This is the first sign that alerts the reader to a cast of characters as anonymous as their creator devoid of both personality and any sense of identity The apparent protagonist Cal Regan is referred to by both his first and last name all the way through the book perhaps to guard against the possibility that the reader otherwise might forget who he isThe fact that these characters are supposed to be thinly veiled proxies of actual political players really calls the author s powers of research and observation into uestion as he still can not render them either interesting or believable It may be that the freuent awkwardly switched perspective narrations or the strange flash future hint insertions are devices intended to distract the reader from the pervasive lack of realistic character interaction Or alternately they might be further proof of the author s appalling lack of talent combined with a perfect storm of sloppy editingBetter editing could at least have cleaned up some of the most glaringly awful issues with calling the president O at all times While this is fine for when opponents and operatives are talking to him or about him or amongst themselves having crowds at rallies chanting O is deeply stupid Could you not just write around it and say they were chanting his name Or did the author actually just write the novel slam book style using the actual names of people and then using the find and replace function to substitute in their fake names Unknown but the end result is ridiculous either way Especially when the book makes an ill advised seven paragraph switch over to a news article and the reporter refers to President O Uh huh If I had not borrowed this book from the library I would have attacked it with a red pen just to make myself feel betterAnd although all of the writing is bad the simultaneous marginalization and objectification of the very few female characters who appear at all speak to a casual misogyny that seem to prove that the anonymous author is clearly a man Of the three female characters who rate a mention on the opening page character chart two of them get there by sleeping with Cal Regan and the third is supposed to be Ariana Huffington Other bit parts for women include the ice cold First Lady the aggrieved ex assistant and future porn star and the eighteen year old prostitute blackmailer With such treatment I can t really wish that the author had included any women as he clearly has very limited ideas about what to do with them most of which involve penises and intrigue The plot of the novel which seeks to imagine the 2012 campaign is felled by the dramatic irony of having nothing happen It tries to create some drama with a non scandal involving a donor trying to get a government contract which fails to be either compelling or really remotely relevant in any way And if the reader is not moved to care about the un scandalous scandal it s very difficult to see why the mythic electorate of the book would care about it eitherIn the end it appears that the author fails to care about the book enough to even give it an ending The narrative just peters out on the eve of the election There are vague but contradictory hints about whether or not O wins reelection Walter LaFontaine never speaks to him again there is a party at 1am but it only lasts an hour but any irritation over the failure of the story to achieve resolution is completely subsumed by gratitude at having finally reached the end of this mirthless parade of non action and unwieldy prose

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Ten by an anonymous author who has spent years observing politics and the fraught relationship between public image and self regar wow If I could give this ZERO stars I would It s awful I read the first 50% and skimmed the rest and even skimming it was painfulThe plot is thin The characters are completely wooden and unlikeable The author drifts off into these random flights of fancy and forgets what s going on in the story You can tell he likes to think of himself as a great and elouent writer but it all comes off as a teenager who just discovered some big words He really needed an editorBottom line is that nothing happens It s not funny it s not showing me any insight into the inside baseball of politics It s just a pure waste of timeI think my favorite ridiculous part was when the handsome good at sports but peculiar and socially awkward teenaged son of the Republican candidate is deemed too much of an oddball to go to college so they decide to bring him on the campaign trail As a reader I m waiting for this ticking time bomb to go off and do something crazy and awful like buy a gun or sleep with a staffer or something totally dramatic that will derail the campaign What does he do He gets mad at a reporter asking his daddy a hard uestion so he shakes up a pepsi and sprays it on the reporter Seriously That s it How lame I guess maybe there is some pushing and shoving too which leaves the reporter trembling and it s a guy so stupidI can t believe it was published and I can t believe I was dumb enough to buy itStay away


10 thoughts on “O AUTHOR Anonymous

  1. says:

    I read this book in December of 2010 during a spate of literature being published mostly nonfiction about the Obama Administ

  2. says:

    This is an abysmal attempt at novel writing The conceit of having an 'Anonymous' author is really the only semi

  3. says:

    Like the people who end up running for president this anonymous novel about Barack Obama's reelection campaign isn't as good as you hoped or as bad as you feared Maybe the American people get the roman a clef they deserve Because regardless of how closely O anticipates next year's campaign it's an uncanny respons

  4. says:

    wow If I could give this ZERO stars I would It's awful I read the first 50% and skimmed the rest and even skimming it was painfulThe plot is thin The characters are completely wooden and unlikeable The author drifts off into these random flights of fancy and forgets what's going on in the story You can tell he li

  5. says:

    I'm not gonna lie I will read this and take it all pretty much as gospel truth I know I willDamn Location 125 and I am already bored Author seems to have the vocabulary and descriptive powers of Tom Clancy minus

  6. says:

    From my review at The American Prospect In the proud tradition of Joe Klein's fictionalized and briefly anonymous retrospective of the 1992 George HW Bush Bill Clinton race comes O A Presidential Novel O which purports to foretell the

  7. says:

    “O A Presidential Novel” is a poor excuse of a novel Written by Anonymous who is obviously a political insider and clearly not a writer the book is dull poorly characterized and a slog of a read In fact I only

  8. says:

    This book is of a novelty than anything else There's some interesting observations on modern politics but the at

  9. says:

    I enjoyed the first half of this book but the second half seemed rushed It was almost as if the author was told he had a page limit and saw he was getting close so had to wrap it up

  10. says:

    Pretty terrible so far