City of Truth

{4.5/5} “Like many boys of my generation, I dreamed of becoming an art critic one day: the pure primal thrill of attacking a painting, the sheer visceral kick of savaging a movie or a poem. In my case, however, the dream turned into reality, for by my twenty-second year I was employed as a deconstructionist at the Wittgenstein Museum.”

City of Truth by James Morrow, published in 1990

In Veritas everyone tells the truth. All the time, without fail — if you even think about the possibility of telling a lie conditioning will kick in and make you ill. When Jack’s son gets a terminal disease he decides he’s had enough — he needs to give his son hope. So he tracks down the dissemblers in order to get them to reverse his conditioning.

It’s a similar premise to The Invention of Lying. But that movie is worth watching and this book is worth reading.

It’s humorous all the way through, and points out flaws in our society.

It’s a novella, so it won’t take you long to read.

This is the 3rd book of Morrow’s I’ve read. I previously reviewed Towing Jehovah.

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