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Meanwhile in Dopamine City by DBC Pierre

Meanwhile in Dopamine City

DBC Pierre

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Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 4 Aug 2020
ISBN: 9780571228942

Dopamine City is the story of Lonny Cush, sanitation worker and single parent, kind-hearted and red-blooded, who is trying his best to protect his kids from the hysterical hyper-reality of 21st century life. He lives in an unnamed fictional world city, dominated by a huge tech company akin to Google.

4 stars out of 5
24 Jul 2020

"A Big Tech satire by the author of Vernon God Little fizzes with ideas and inventive prose"

But there is a large, old-fashioned hole at the centre of the action. Lon’s family drama, revolving around his fraught relationship with his daughter and obsessive memories of his dead wife, makes for thin narrative gruel. Suspense, plot, characterisation — all these old-school tricks of the novelist’s trade are in short supply. Pierre’s prose is full of life and his evocation of a surreally technologised society is vivid. But the novel suffers a kind of entropic breakdown, opening in an impressively kinetic fashion but then losing energy and force, like a baggy, ultimately feeble pushback against Big Tech’s takeover of the human need for stories.