The Portable Veblen

The Portable Veblen

Book - 2016
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A riotously funny and deeply insightful adventure through capitalism, the medical industry, family, love, war and wedding-planning - from an electrically entertaining new voice

Meet Veblen: a passionate defender of the anti-consumerist views of her name-sake, the iconoclastic economist Thorstein Veblen. She's an experienced cheerer-upper (mainly of her narcissistic, hypochondriac, controlling mother), an amateur translator of Norwegian, and a firm believer in the distinct possibility that the plucky grey squirrel following her around can understand more than it lets on.

Meet her fianc#65533;, Paul: the son of good hippies who were bad parents, a no-nonsense, high-flying neuroscientist with no time for squirrels. His recent work on a device to minimize battlefield trauma has led him dangerously close to the seductive Cloris Hutmacher, heiress to a pharmaceuticals empire, who is promising him fame and fortune through a shady-sounding deal with the Department of Defence.

What could possibly go wrong?

Publisher: London, Fourth Estate,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780008160388
9780008160630
Characteristics: 422 pages ; 21 cm.

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Indoorcamping
Jun 21, 2017

The writing is so good I pushed through half the book before I realized I'm reading a book about a main character whose most redeeming quality is squirrel communication. If you know anything about TBI, Vets, PTSD, military medical procedures, anything in this field, you can't read this with a straight face. So many just plain wrong facts.

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tegan
Feb 27, 2017

Quirky lovely read.

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chrissieq
Dec 16, 2016

Read it once and was not too taken with it. Picked it up again about 6 months later and loved it this time.

Cynthia_N Dec 15, 2016

Enjoyable read with talking to squirrels included!

JCLMELODYK Oct 21, 2016

Quirky, romance with dysfunctional families and a bit of magical realism.

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MillieBT
Apr 16, 2016

Couldn't get into the characters.....hopefully other readers will enjoy...

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Jan 26, 2016

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