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Populated by wise animals and hapless humans, Protesterbrilliantly evokes an end-of-the-world feeling that is equal parts dread and hilarity. In nine precisely rendered stories and a novella featuring the American president's daughter, Sarbanes takes on the big questions with gallows humor: What is freedom? What is love? What is art? And what does it matter now? In -Meet Populated by wise animals and hapless humans, Protesterbrilliantly evokes an end-of-the-world feeling that is equal parts dread and hilarity. In nine precisely rendered stories and a novella featuring the American president's daughter, Sarbanes takes on the big questions with gallows humor: What is freedom? What is love? What is art? And what does it matter now? In -Meet Koko, - the famous signing gorilla spends her nights secretly typing a hilarious -counter-narrative- onto her researcher's laptop. -The First Daughter Finds Her Way- chronicles the quest of a president's daughter to keep her father from invading the world's nations in reverse alphabetical order. Sibling rivalry turns lethal in -Who Will Sit with Maman?- And in -Ars Longa, - a Colorado town riddled with cancer turns to art making in order to cope with the chaos of the present and the sins of the past. Whether chiseled into discretely titled chunks, or rendered via extended interior monologues, Sarbanes' witty, affective prose deftly locates the promise of a new society within the shell of the old. A fierce, funny primer for our time.


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Populated by wise animals and hapless humans, Protesterbrilliantly evokes an end-of-the-world feeling that is equal parts dread and hilarity. In nine precisely rendered stories and a novella featuring the American president's daughter, Sarbanes takes on the big questions with gallows humor: What is freedom? What is love? What is art? And what does it matter now? In -Meet Populated by wise animals and hapless humans, Protesterbrilliantly evokes an end-of-the-world feeling that is equal parts dread and hilarity. In nine precisely rendered stories and a novella featuring the American president's daughter, Sarbanes takes on the big questions with gallows humor: What is freedom? What is love? What is art? And what does it matter now? In -Meet Koko, - the famous signing gorilla spends her nights secretly typing a hilarious -counter-narrative- onto her researcher's laptop. -The First Daughter Finds Her Way- chronicles the quest of a president's daughter to keep her father from invading the world's nations in reverse alphabetical order. Sibling rivalry turns lethal in -Who Will Sit with Maman?- And in -Ars Longa, - a Colorado town riddled with cancer turns to art making in order to cope with the chaos of the present and the sins of the past. Whether chiseled into discretely titled chunks, or rendered via extended interior monologues, Sarbanes' witty, affective prose deftly locates the promise of a new society within the shell of the old. A fierce, funny primer for our time.

34 review for The Protester Has Been Released

  1. 5 out of 5

    Martin Ott

    This is a terrific book of inventive short stories that has wit and humor even as it sets its focus on the biggest questions in our lives. Highly recommend.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I am only the second review of this title! I came across it at Red Emma's in Baltimore and bought it because of the strange cover and because I had never heard of it before. Half the book is made up of short stories, often combining elements of dystopia or the weird, turning known stories on their ear or adding a level of bizarre to what would be normal. I like the style the stories were told, often in mini sections or letters or small parts. The second half is a novella called "The First I am only the second review of this title! I came across it at Red Emma's in Baltimore and bought it because of the strange cover and because I had never heard of it before. Half the book is made up of short stories, often combining elements of dystopia or the weird, turning known stories on their ear or adding a level of bizarre to what would be normal. I like the style the stories were told, often in mini sections or letters or small parts. The second half is a novella called "The First Daughter Finds Her Way" which had some good moments and a lot of alphabetical lists.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Siel Ju

    “Yes, there comes a time when you have to look at your life and ask yourself, can I do better than this?” * Janet Sarbanes’s collection features smart incisive stories about scientific experiments, political apathy, climate change, and other human foibles. Many of the stories are written from an animal’s wise, world-weary, yet innocent point of view. Get ready to see life from the perspective of Dolly the cloned sheep, Laika the dog shot into space, and Koko the chimp.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Some stories made me laugh out loud. All were thought provoking. The theme that jumped out to me was communication, not being heard and feeling isolated as a result. Whether the lack of communication is due to being misunderstood, not speaking the same language or just people not listening, the result can lead to powerlessness, anger, loneliness and sadness (with sarcasm as a wry aside). We read with our bookclub and the book received mixed reviews. I enjoyed it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patty

  7. 4 out of 5

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