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
Characteristics: 422 pages ; 21 cm.


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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.

Feb 27, 2017

Quirky lovely read.

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.

Apr 16, 2016

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

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Jan 26, 2016

gparra5221 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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