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God's Favorite: A Novel by [Lawrence Wright]

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"Savvy and bleakly comic....A vigorous full-dress satiric farce that neatly skewers the self-righteous mendacity of all the Americas, ours very much included. The wittiest political novel we've seen in some time."

-- Kirkus Reviews

"Wright is a gifted journalist who paints his characters in vivid pictures with just the right details for each."

-- Lawrence R. Collins Jr., Houston Chronicle

"Brilliantly fictionalizes Noriega's fall from grace."

-- Texas Monthly

"A deliriously weird portrait of General Manuel Antonio Noriega...[as] both crazed and oddly sympathetic, a kind of Central American Tony Soprano."

-- The New Yorker

"[An] edge-of-your-seat, often darkly comic tale....This artfully crafted novel of political intrigue...crackles with authenticity, offering a telling insight into recent history."

-- Publishers Weekly Review

Lawrence Wright is the author of several books of nonfiction, including the gripping Remembering Satan (1994), about an epidemic of "recovered" memories of Satanic ritual abuse in Olympia, Washington. God's Favorite is his first work of fiction, but it more accurately falls into the category of what Truman Capote called the nonfiction novel, since it is based in historical fact (the ouster of General Manuel Noriega in Panama)--but dialogue, description, and characters are embellished and in some cases entirely invented. As a political thriller, it is a genuine page-turner. Wright's prose has always been full of grit and electricity, but he has fun with fiction in a way he couldn't as a reporter.

At the heart of the book are two men living somewhat parallel lives: General Noriega and the Papal Nuncio--a burnt out, disgraced priest who revels in corruption: "He adored the secrecy, the scheming and plotting, the intricate connivings, the hidden meanings that made life in Panama a study in human duplicity." It's an atmosphere Wright captures masterfully--"a country that dines on gossip," the Chorrillo neighborhood where "rotten buildings slumped against one another like a bunch of packing boxes that had been left out in the rain." Moving through various private and public lives, Wright reveals how both men come to fear for their lives in a virtually lawless country where torture is an art form.

Like a superior made-for-TV miniseries, Wright's book brings the past alive in the form of melodrama. Noriega, the acne-scarred, sexually voracious dictator is a truly twisted villain: spooky and pathetic at once. One of the book's greatest scenes happens aboard a yacht, the Macho III, where Noriega and Oliver North are being waited on by a topless stewardess named Chiquita. North delivers the bad news that with his best pal William Casey dead, Noriega may be indicted for drug trafficking. As he talks, the American quaffs carrot juice and eats ribs, wiping sauce from his chin and trying not to ogle the girls. Meanwhile, Noriega tells him, "I think it's a sin to eat the flesh of other animals. Of course, you should enjoy your meal, don't worry about the moral consequences." It's a scene so twisted it made me feel positively patriotic. --Emily White --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00AK78SYS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster (April 16, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 16, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3687 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 354 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1416562478
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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