Language as a persuasion tool – this is Lexicon, by Max Barry


Book lovers, twitter addicts, we all occasionally reply those game tweets that publishing houses are constantly posting about book give aways for top answers. So, I won this book called “Lexicon”, from australian author Max Barry, and somebody (I can’t recall his name, so sorry about that) twitted me asking for my input on the book. I finished the book last night and, well, decided to take upon that request, mainly because it was a good entertaining reading. It hooked me up since the opening scenes, it took me to a fantastic world about secret language schools and world wide companies with the knowledge to compromise regular people, persuade them to do whatever it is they want or need us to do. It is cleaver, thrilling, entertaining, but it is not a book that you will want to reread, search for hidden meanings and universal truths. It is not a contemporary classic, it is just another entertaining book with a cynical view on society and a happy ending.

I even had this feeling the book was wrote to become a movie, one of those summer blockbusters with a lot of deaths and an underlying love story, that as expected will end well. I could see someone like Kristen Stewart playing Emily Ruff/Woolf, being embraced by her lover, portrayed surely by Robert Pattinson, and looking at the sunset together in the end.

Emily Ruff is the main character, a young poor con artist who was recruited to study to  become a poet, although she proves herself to be a little too wild and inconsequent for the structured, stiff and disciplined poet lifestyle. After committing a serious mistake, she is banned for years into a city in the middle of Australian desert, Broken Hill, before being restated to the company. Missing her lover, life in the US will never fulfill her again.

Meanwhile, Wil Parke and Eliot, one of Emily’s teachers, try to understand what happened in Broken Hill. Apparently, all it’s 3.000 citizens are presumingly dead after a nuclear attack. Will Emily have something to do it? Read it, and you’ll understand.


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