The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

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In a new edition, two award-winning talents collaborate on a modern fable for adults that touches on privilege, compassion, and the power of community, told with George Saunders' trademark humor and pathos, and enchantingly illustrated by Lane Smith.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2000.
ISBN: 9780812989632
0812989635
Branch Call Number: FIC SAUNDERS, GEORGE
Characteristics: 84 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Lane - Illustrator

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JCLIanH Aug 13, 2019

A very neat little fable from George Saunders, who, the more I read, feels like he is bearing Kurt Vonnegut's torch. Which is to say his stories are all deeply humanistic and buried beneath the humor and the masterful storytelling are true life lessons. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is a timeless look at how our myopic concerns for our own business neglects concerns for the community, which only leads to everyone being devoured. The story is an apt metaphor for a number of societal ills (classism and income inequality, climate change, take your pick), and that it's marketed as a kids book half the time makes it all the better.

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davander
Nov 21, 2018

George Saunders has a very unique, witty style. A great piece of work here. A fable like tale for children and adults with great illustrations.

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mzch
Apr 11, 2016

Dreadfully cynical tale skewers misguided religious attitudes. The rest is camouflage.

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sldoug
Jul 31, 2012

I read this aloud to my kids over the course of a couple nights. It was an odd and very compelling story with a message that might strike home more for adults than for kids, but still, a very worthwhile read. I felt like parts of the message got stretched a bit thin (like the daughters who stood still in order to look pretty so that boys would like them) but overall I really enjoyed this book and am glad I stumbled across it.

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