O: A Presidential Novel

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O: A Presidential Novel

O: A Presidential Novel is a tale of aspiration and delusion, set during the presidential election of 2012 and written by an anonymous author who has spent years observing politics and the fraught relationship between public image and self-regard. The novel includes revealing portraits of many prominent figures in the political world – some invented and some real. 1.6 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
O: A Presidential Novel

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction
Format Hardback
Pages 368
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication January 2011
ISBN 978-0857204950
Publisher Simon & Schuster
 

O: A Presidential Novel is a tale of aspiration and delusion, set during the presidential election of 2012 and written by an anonymous author who has spent years observing politics and the fraught relationship between public image and self-regard. The novel includes revealing portraits of many prominent figures in the political world – some invented and some real.

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Reviews

The Evening Standard

Sarah Sands

...it is most satisfying as an insight into political tactics and as a private glimpse of President Obama... [An] entertaining novel

27/01/2011

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The Times

Justin Webb

...the clunking characterisation and scene-setting and dialogue apart, the novel is still believable and entertaining... I particularly enjoyed the description of the dull waste of energy and effort that goes into the TV debates.

29/01/2011

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The Washington Post

Ron Charles

O's dramatization of a presidential race may shock an eighth grade student council member somewhere in Kansas City, but most of us will wish that the author had pursued his themes with a little more satiric bite. Nonetheless, he describes the typical campaign with documentary accuracy, and he's particularly good at the dynamic between old and new journalism.

18/01/2011

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The Independent

Boyd Tonkin

...a plodding dog of a yarn, worth attention as a textbook case of how to drag the messy thrills of political life down into a swamp of plot and leave them there to drown.

04/02/2011

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The Observer

Robert McCrum

O has about as much suspense as the Washington telephone directory. Actually, less: the DC phone book would at least hold out the promise of some interesting characters ... But its most serious offence is that, even with all the advantages of fiction, it fails to gives us a believable, or even an interesting, portrait of Barack Hussein Obama.

06/02/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Nicholas Blincoe

Obama has proved that you don’t have to be white to get what you want in America. But if we wonder what Obama, specifically, wants, all we get is hot air. O, the novel, offers no answers — until we ask why the author failed to use the blank space to create a more heroic president. O is, perhaps, a better portrait than the author intended, a bore who acknowledges that even the magic of his oratory has vanished.

27/01/2011

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The Financial Times

Simon Schama

There’s a reason, I surmise, why the author of this laborious tripe, set during the re-election season of 2012, might have wanted to remain Anonymous and it has nothing to do with any spine-tingling revelations about the Obama White House or his campaign team. Hell, if you had committed something as dull as this you’d want to make sure no one found out either.

28/01/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Tim Rutten

...dispiriting and, ultimately, irritating... less an addition to the rich fictional literature of American politics than an exercise in the genuinely cynical business of marketing and publishing.

25/01/2011

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The New York Times

Michiko Kakutani

...a thoroughly lackadaisical performance — trite, implausible and decidedly unfunny... O’s hypocrisy and arrogance, along with improbable plot developments, make it hard not to suspect that the author of this novel is a Republican sympathizer — or at the very least someone very disillusioned with President Obama.

20/01/2011

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