The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil is the first book I read from George Saunders. And I have two more books by the author to read. I am very excited for both of them already because this book was fascinating. It is one of the rare works that make people laugh, scare and think at the same time. George Saunders masterly explains many things in this little book of seventy-eight pages.
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil seems so familiar to me. Maybe that’s why I liked the book so much; I can’t be sure. Unquestionably, George Saunders is a genius; I can understand why thousands of readers admire him. But what I found in the book was somewhat similar to the news I watched on TV that I found myself putting specific faces on the characters. As you can see, it was an exciting experience for me. I’m sure it’ll be the same for you.
To sum up, I think it might be an excellent book to meet Saunders. It is short, smart and excellent in every way. And wouldn’t it be nice to read another Animal Farm by a different author? Enjoy!
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
From the No. 1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, and the story collection Tenth of December, winner of the Folio Prize for Fiction 2014
Welcome to Inner Horner, a nation so small it can only accommodate one citizen at a time. But when Inner Horner suddenly shrinks, forcing three-quarters of the citizen in residence over the border into Outer Horner territory, the Outer Hornerites declare an Invasion in Progress, having fallen under the spell of the power-hungry and demagogic Phil. So begins his brief and very frightening reign…
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: