Summary of Beautiful Country Burn Again
BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BURN AGAIN: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution. Copyright © 2018 by Ben Fountain. Published by arrangement with Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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So surreal was America’s 2016 presidential election that perhaps only a fiction writer could fully capture the high-stakes craziness. In this no-holds-barred collection of ruminations and essays, acclaimed novelist Ben Fountain aims his withering gaze at America’s blind spots regarding race, religion, greed and imperialism. Along the way, Fountain skewers candidates on both sides of the ideological spectrum: Ted Cruz speaks in a “righteous warble.” Donald Trump is a “disturbed” and “megalomaniacal” huckster. Hillary Clinton possesses a “matron’s bulk.” Bernie Sanders is “the old white guy you see at every CVS you ever walked into badgering the poor pharmacist tech at the pickup counter.” For their part, American voters are “blithering dupes.” Cheap shots? Perhaps, but also entertainingly honest.
About the Author
Ben Fountain is the author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction.