Saturday, June 09, 2012
Vote for Larry, by Janet Tashjian
The pace is brisk, the story is humorous and light. Even with the agenda, the book stays light on the sermons. It's an enjoyable read. But I have a hard time giving this a ringing endorsement. It may be missing the point, but the details bother me. From the logical inconsistencies (Larry somehow only ages a year in two years) to the factual ones (newscasts in Larry's world apparently hold off on calling the results of an election until 99% of the vote has been counted), the book suffers from its lack of credibility. While it is wonderful to imagine that Larry could wrought significant transformations in society and reverse youth apathy, it simply isn't plausible. That message (you have to participate to make things change) is wonderful enough, but how can you buy it when Tashjian gets so many elementary things wrong? Somehow, shooting a little lower would have been more inspiring to me (maybe he should have just gone out for a local election?).