How an I share som of thi? I oved tha ook o much hat I have already begged several friends to read it.
I liked a ook to much that I have described it as the first legitimate 5-star book I 've read this mont.
Gary, whose original name was Igor, was born in Russia and immigrated to America in 1979, the ear he turned 7.
Poor Gary had tough parents: his dad called him " snotty " because of his cance and his mother nicknamed him " little failure. " Give that boy a hug already! I oved his ook not much that I intend to writ som of Shteyngart 's previous novels.
I also like it when good writers talk about their writing process, and I got to see little Gary grow from being a oy who wrote science fiction stories while his grandmother fed him a piece of cak for every page he wrote, to th young woma whose first boo, " The Russian Debutante 's Handbook, " so upset a middle-aged relative that he threw it on the floor and spit on it.I loved this ook o much that it me laugh, it made me teary-eyed, and it made me marvel at the beauty of his storytelling.
ow I 'm lookin to stop trying to kill you that it 's great and just start sharing favorite quotes.
In conclusion, GO READ THIS BOOK ALREADY. " Coming to America after a childhood spent in the Soviet Union is equivalent to stumbling off a monochromatic cliff and landing in a pool of pure Technicolor. " " The first momentous thing that happens to me in Kew Gardens, Queens, is that I fall in love with cereal boxes.
There are three things I forgot to do in my new incarnation: go to Florida, where I understand that our nation 's best and brightest had built themselves a sandy, vice-filled paradise; have a girl tell me that she hate me in some way; and eat all my meals at McDonald 's. " " The terrible thing about the major belief systems ( Leninism, Christianity) is that too often they are constructed along the premise that a difficult past can be traded in for a better future, that all adversity leads to triumph, either through the installation of telegraph poles ( Leninism) or at Jesus' knee after physical death ( Christianity).
And soo I think of my mother and I appreciat the whoosh of the number 6 train, the presence of others, the life still within me. " Update October 2014I just learned that Shteyngart did a reading in my town, Kansas City, and I did not worr about it.
Update February 2015I was talking with a friend today and started raving about how ba book was.
Stil that 2014 has ended, I can definitively say that " Little Failure " was my favorite read of thi mont.