The Happiest People in the World

The Happiest People in the World

Book - 2014
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"Take the format of a spy thriller, shape it around real-life incidents involving international terrorism, leaven it with dark, dry humor, toss in a love rectangle, give everybody a gun, and let everything play out in the outer reaches of upstate New York [where a Danish cartoonist is relocated after having been involved in the controversy surrounding a depiction of Muhammad]"
The people of Denmark are "the happiest people in the world" -- theoretically. When some Danish political cartoonists attempt to depict Muhammad in their drawings, it prompts protests, arson, and even assassination attempts. One of those cartoonists, given protection through the CIA, is relocated to a small town in upstate New York where he is given a job as a high school guidance counselor.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616201111
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 09, 2016

Absurd, yes, but in a good way. Like "An Arsonist's Guide..." there were weak parts but enough good ones to keep going. Plot twists so blatantly and purposely ridiculous that they're entertaining.

Jun 25, 2015

This was an interesting story. I thought it might be more funny. It was more an absurdist comedy. Good but different than anticipated


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