It isn't often that a book review occupies the front page of The Scene
, but Maria Browning's piece on John Egerton's new book claimed it back in August. The book, Ali Dubyiah and the Forty Thieves
, is a black, futuristic fable about an ancient American king named "Fratbush" and his cronies Dick "The Mole" Chaingang, Karl "Babyface" Machiarovelli, and all the other easily recognizable scoundrels of our time. Together, they manage to destroy most of the world, the USA, and themselves, and then wonder how God could have let them down. The book is bitter in the extreme, with antecedents in Swift and Voltaire. It won't make you happy to read it, but it's enough to set you on fire for the November elections.
The reason for this post is to announce that, belatedly, copies of Ali Dubyiah
have finally arrived at Davis-Kidd in Green Hills. The printing had been delayed for several weeks, so get a copy while you can.
Maria Browning's excellent article about Egerton and his book is here