Review – X Out Of Wonderland by David Allan Cates

My Alphabet Soup Challenge had me venturing outside my normal reading genres.

X Out Of Wonderland
Contemporary Satire
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Zoland Books; 1st edition (October 10, 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-1581952193



X Out of Wonderland is a farce, modeled after Candide, that takes on the Global Free Market and just about every other aspect of contemporary life. Outrageous and poignant by turns, X is a satire with heart, and an intense and funny reading experience.

X, the novel’s decent and brave protagonist, maintains his optimistic pursuit of love and The Good Life even as a string of catastrophies brutalize him through a series of misadventures that take him around the world. While pointing up the absurdities of our own times, X Out of Wonderland also shows clearly the universal predicament of all humans in all cultures in all times: the need to find meaning and dignity in our lives despite the certainty of death and suffering. The story makes clear that despite our folly, we’ve got a few things going for us: faith, hope, love, and the capacity to endure.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have not read Candide and would have never picked this book up had it not had the “X” in the title I needed for a reading challenge. Note this was released in 2005 well before the catastrophe of 2008.  Definitely a farce. X travels the world in search of The Good Life. He continues to get up and keep going no matter how many times he is knocked down.  At times I felt like X, my life has been a series of events I wish I never had to endure including losing our home to a bank too big to fail. Maybe that is why the satire fell way short for me. It hit too close.

A tornado hits X’s part of Wonderland (read United States) and the radio talk-show host is now homeless. We follow him to some crazy places where he meets some crazy people.

It is a quick read at just 160 pages but don’t really recommend you do. But hey, I did complete my challenge.

should have stayed home


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