By William Gaddis
Winner of the 1976 nationwide ebook Award, "J R" is a biting satire concerning the some ways during which capitalism twists the yank spirit into anything extra risky, but pervasive and unassailable. on the heart of the unconventional is a hilarious 11 yr old--J R--who with boyish enthusiasm turns a couple of uncomplicated classes in capitalist rules, coupled with a tender boy's loss of moral sense, right into a titanic and exploitative paper empire. the result's one of many funniest and most annoying tales ever advised in regards to the corruption of the yank dream.
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