American politics is dominated by Clowns, Turkeys, and Nitt Witts. With the rhetoric cranking up on both sides, tensions are quickly mounting and coming to a head. The whole country seems to be going crazy and many people believe that there is only one thing which can make things right – every woman in the country must take off her bra. But that’s enough about American politics, I’ve got a book to review.
Let me begin by saying what Nitt Witt Hill is and what it isn’t. It is not a heavyweight intellectual satire with cutting insights into the nature of society or political reality. It is a light-hearted, fun and easy to read novel with a funny line in pretty much every paragraph.
When I say that it’s not intellectual, I don’t mean that it isn’t intelligent. Although the whole story is given to you with a healthy dose of the absurd, you will find many of the big political players and movements of the day satirised in this book, and many readers will find the caricatures uncannily accurate. Also it does an excellent job of showing how ridiculous politics can be – by taking everything to the most extreme degree of ridiculousness – and of trying to inject just a little bit of common sense through its main character, who is often a lone voice of reason in an utterly insane world.
If you follow American politics then Nitt Witt Hill provides some timely light-relief from the serious issues of the day, bursting the bubbles of pomposity, self-importance and self-righteous outrage which so often surround these things. If you aren’t really that bothered about politics, you will keep reading to see whether bras really are to blame for all of America’s ills, and whether the women of America throw off their lacy shackles and free their breasts before the end of the book.
The story itself follows the adventures of an extraordinarily well connected political consultant and his groin sniffing companion (don’t worry – it’s a dog) as he tries to figure out what is wrong with America and what has been driving the country so crazy recently, and begins to discover that if it wasn’t bras, it may very well have been his fault.
Along the way he meets a whole host of characters, from political advisors to senators to bankers, who are disarmingly honest about the role they had to play in landing the country in its current mess. He uncovers conspiracies, accidentally becomes part of them, meets lots of drunken politicians, and generally tries to bring common sense where everything seems to be getting crazier and crazier by the minute.
Despite the constant threat of impending disaster and the collapse of civilisation which runs through the whole story, Nitt Will Hill is really a very positive book. The caricatures it paints, whilst making everyone look equally ridiculous, are never cruel, and its critique of American politics and culture is always given with whimsy and never with vitriol.
Ultimately that is probably the main message which Nitt Witt Hill conveys – that there is too much vitriol in the world already and that we all need to just step back and relax a bit. And with that message Nitt Witt Hill is the perfect antidote to 2012 election fever, and is bound to be the satirical novel of the year.
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