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Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you

Raban Just finished Jonathan Raban's Surveillance, and I'm kind of looking over my shoulder. The novel is about American-style fear and paranoia post 9/11, about a group of people living in a Seattle where anti-terrorism drills are the order of the day. Two of the characters function as mouthpieces for various right wing/left wing schools of thought, but the others - namely a freelance writer and her preteen daughter - are just like the rest of us: confused, anxious, sometimes positive their civil liberties are taking a beating and other times thinking that's not such a bad thing.

Everybody's watching everybody, and how much good it's doing us is anybody's guess.

Raban also refuses to spoonfeed us answers; Surveillance is the sort of book that forces you to think. For that, Mr. Raban: Thank you!


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