Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Ask by Sam Lipsyte

The Ask, by Sam Lipsyte, is a dark comedy that follows the life of Milo Burke, who works for a mediocre university soliciting funds (The Asks).  After being fired and struggling with unemployment, Milo is roped into an Ask from an old friend who has come into money and now Milo has to handle some uncomfortable tasks for his friend.  The book looks at the haves and have nots and the expectations that belong to each.  It attacks political correctness, work, class, child rearing and war.

The Ask was a NYT notable book of 2010.  It is an entertaining commentary about society.
A reading by Lipsyte below.

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