December 8, 2023
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Book Reviews Satire

America in the year 2048 by Shukdeb Sen: An interesting look into American politics

Author: Shukdeb Sen

Genre: Satire / Short stories

Year Published: 2023

Nerdection Rating:

“Nerdection Good Read”

Spoiler-free Plot

America in the Year 2048 and Other Stories is a thought-provoking collection of thirteen stories that delve into American politics, history, and global impact. These narratives offer a satirical yet balanced perspective on the complex world of American politics, aiming to engage and challenge readers. While divisive, the book is praised for its narrative and its dedication to the art of storytelling.

The book attempts to strike a balance between presenting a clear perspective on American politics while maintaining a degree of objectivity, acknowledging the inherent complexity and divisiveness of the subject matter. It uses satire as a tool to assess politicians and their actions, offering a unique and engaging perspective on the political landscape.

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My take on America in the year 2048

Politics is a very complicated topic to address, and it often has the danger of being very one-sided in terms of narratives. Everybody has a side to take, and this can blur the lines between what is an objective analysis and what is just propaganda. It has happened for decades and will continue that way for a long time.

In that regard, America in the year 2048 is a very good balance of showing a clear side and trying to maintain a degree of balance. It doesn’t always work, but it attempts to do so, which is important. Especially considering that these are American politics, which are so muddied and filled with controversy that it’s hard to determine what is true and what is a lie.

The author tells a series of stories that show the progression of American politics with a degree of satire, which is always fun and often the best way to assess politicians. There are several statements and points of view in this book that are going to be divisive for a lot of people, so it’s important to preface this by saying that this set of stories is not meant for everybody.

Perhaps a criticism that could be given to the writing side of things is that several passages of time are far too straightforward. They are written in a way that feels like a series of events that took place, which could potentially be the case, but it makes the book feel like a chore to read at times, and that should never be the case.

It is also interesting to see how several points of the book connect with one another, crafting a narrative that has a strong message regarding American politics and where they are heading as time progresses. It is not a point of view everybody is going to agree with, of course, but if the author truly believes in that assessment, then fair play to him in that regard.

It’s hard to gauge or analyze this series of stories without taking a partisan stance, but the best that can be said is the fact that this is a book that is well-done and clearly written by someone who loves the art form. That is very important since this is a publication with a lot of heart and clear intentions of writing what they feel and think, which is always meaningful in any type of art.

America in the year 2048 is meant to be divisive, in a way, as it represents a person’s point of view, and you can’t get along with everybody, which is fairly obvious. In that regard, the best way to judge is as a literary effort, and it has some merits in terms of the pacing, the solid narrative, and how some points connect with one another, which is something very important to keep people engaged.

A somewhat inflammatory work but meant to be like that and does it with gusto. An interesting piece that is going to appeal to certain demographics in the political spectrum, and that is certain.

About The Author Of America in the year 2048

Reading and writing poetry was Shukdeb Sen passion. During his adolescence and early adulthood, poetry was an escape mechanism from all negative influences that dominated his surroundings. Partition of India, and religious violence, forced his family to flee from their home in Khulna, Bangladesh and became a refugee. All these experiences made him a loner and writing became a refuge and a safe world where his creative mind could flourish. During his late teens and early twenties, He studied biological sciences and moved to the United States. He earned a master’s and a doctoral degree in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. Academic teaching and research occupied his life for three decades. Then he came back to his passion for creative writing. Now he published five books- “Black education in White America (non-fiction)”, “Flower still blooms (fiction- a collection of short stories)”, “If life was a dream (Poetry)”, “Innocence (a novel)” and “America in the year 2048 and Other Stories (fiction- a collection of stories)”.

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