Ives, David, Voss; how I come to America and am hero, mostly.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Brief article - Book review

IVES, David, Voss; how I come to America and am hero, mostly. Penguin, Putnam. 200p. c2008. 978-0-399-24722-4. $17.99. JS*

In a world where Borat was a popular movie, based on the idea of a clueless foreigner encountering American cynicism, consumerism, and racism, while not understanding the evils he is witnessing, this book is a nice YA version of a similar story. Voss, whose real name is Vospop Vsklzwczdztwczky (which is, of course, unpronounceable in any language) smuggles himself and his crazy uncle to America from an eastern European country called Slobovia in a crate filled with "blackmarket imitation cheesepuffs." He seeks a better life, after first establishing a home base in the Slobovian community in a city that is suspiciously like New York but is mostly known as America. Here Voss, who has kindly shortened his name for American readers, has a wild and crazy series of adventures: he encounters mob bosses, assassins, a Paris Hilton clone, nursing homes, internal organs for sale...

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