Sweet Anarchy
by Nathaniel Benchley

A humorous novel told by God about the inhabitants of a small island off the coast of Massachusetts who vote to secede from the state because they are fed up with high taxes and government regulations. This is the background for a romance between a young man visiting the island and a waitress in the local greasy spoon. Benchley takes a bemused attitude toward the secession movement. The movement fails when the chairman of the town council, who happens to be a crook and a murderer, starts to assume more and more power and gives signs of becoming a dictator. The story has the same sort of colorful characters as in Benchley’s earlier book, The Off-Islanders.

I read this novel in 2005, but I forgot about it and read it again as if for the first time in 2009. The story takes place on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. It is a nice place to live. The inhabitants are colorful characters. They vote to secede from the state. Unfortunately, they leave the local government in place and the head of the town council is corrupt and a murderer and the chief of police is his ally and a brute.

Year Read: 2005, 2009


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