Mission to America

Mission to America Mason LaVerle is a young man on a mission a mission to save his people s way of life Mason was raised in a tiny isolated Montanan sect the church of the Aboriginal Fulfilled Apostles But the Apostle

  • Title: Mission to America
  • Author: Walter Kirn
  • ISBN: 9781400031016
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mason LaVerle is a young man on a mission a mission to save his people s way of life Mason was raised in a tiny, isolated Montanan sect, the church of the Aboriginal Fulfilled Apostles But the Apostles face a dwindling membership, so Mason is sent on an outreach operation to bring back converts specifically brides As he discovers shopping malls, fast food, and faster woMason LaVerle is a young man on a mission a mission to save his people s way of life Mason was raised in a tiny, isolated Montanan sect, the church of the Aboriginal Fulfilled Apostles But the Apostles face a dwindling membership, so Mason is sent on an outreach operation to bring back converts specifically brides As he discovers shopping malls, fast food, and faster women, the forces of faith and the forces of America collide, leading Mason to the brink of missionary madness.

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    1. Walter Kirn

      Walter Kirn is a regular reviewer for The New York Times Book Review, and his work appears in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Time, New York, GQ and Esquire He is the author of six previous works of fiction My Hard Bargain Stories, She Needed Me, Thumbsucker, Up in the Air, Mission to America and The Unbinding Kirn is a graduate of Princeton University and attended Oxford on a scholarship from the Keasby Foundation.

    855 thoughts on “Mission to America”

    1. Mission to America tells the story of two young men raised in an obscure, isolated Montana religious sect and what happens when they leave their cloistered world to recruit new blood for their unhealthily inbred clan. I liked this book, though not for reasons I would have expected. Many of the reviews described it as laugh out loud funny. Though I did find myself smiling from time to time at the author’s wry perspective on life, I was more impacted by the thoughtful way in which he describes w [...]

    2. Well, it was a mixed bag. I'd give five stars just for the first section of the book which explains the Apostles lifestyle and religious beliefs. What a wonderful, novel religion. Had me laughing--I thought I'd never see Candida (yeast overgrowth) in fiction, let a lone a religious setting! So much of the matriarchal apostles was familiarI mean I think he concocted a believable amalgam of feminist, health-nut spiritual beliefs; and he did so tenderly (kudos for that).Once the Apostles hit Show S [...]

    3. Here's my review of "Mission to America" for the San Antonio Express-News:In a remote corner of Montana resides a matriarchal religious sect, clinging to a home-brewed doctrine that rejects much of what modern American stands for. The Aboriginal Fulfilled Apostles (AFA) are largely immune to television, drugs, junk food, and materialism. Money is accepted for purchase at their stores, but then so are “Virtue Coupons,” which are earned by doing good deeds. “Edenic Nutritional Science” for [...]

    4. The Aboriginal Fulfilled Apostles is a small, benign cult that is isolated in remote Montana. All is not well there. An aging, declining population and inbreeding are taking a toll.Two young men, Mason LaVerle and Elias Stark, are appointed to travel through America and recruit new members. Armed only with a few tracts and some New Agey-Dale Carnegie advice, they venture out into the world.The first part of the book reads like The Giver meets Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with a little Native A [...]

    5. An entertaining fish out of water story from the viewpoint of a missionary sent by small and diminishing sect based in rural Montana out into America to seek women to help replenish the flock. Amusing observations about America ensue for a while and the book ends, having gone no where in particular. Kirn's writing is excellent, while the story is merely serviceable.

    6. A well told tale, signifying nothing(this is from my review)What happens when an insular, moribund religious community meets a heedless, spiritually restless America? That is the premise of this book, where the earnest and well-spoken Mason, a resident of an insular religious community known as the Apostles, is sent on a mission to convert modern Americans to his faith, in order to bring back young adepts to freshen up the local gene pool. In this novel, Walter Kirn very sympathetically depicts [...]

    7. The plot of this story is not easy to do in a few words, given the two main characters' frame of reference - a matriarchal religious community in the hinterlands of Montana. Sent on a mission to bring in new converts, they are classic fish out of water, sometimes mistaken for Mormon missionaries. Setting out into the big wide world of American materialism, they fairly quickly lose their way, winding up among some wealthy high-end consumers who represent various marginal religious beliefs of thei [...]

    8. This novel was sometimes a bit muddle but not without it's highpoints.Page 217"The only hitch in my noble plan," said Edward, "was that, since boyhood, I've been a pitiful liar, and fictional narratives lie in every line. For example, when something is said to take place 'suddenly.' In life, nothing ever happens suddenly, not even a drunken automobile wreck. The driver spends hours in a tavern first, and before that, of course, there the painful adolescence that initially led him to imbibe. Whic [...]

    9. Walter Kirn’s “Mission To America” had been sitting on my TBR bookshelf for years, so I finally decided to pick it up. I had no idea, that Kirn also wrote the book for “Up In The Air.” I loved that movie and that gave me a lot of hope going into this novel.This novel was a huge let down. It’s too quirky for its own good and quickly becomes ridiculous. It’s about two missionaries from an obscure cult who go out into America to recruit new members for its dwindling sect. The book has [...]

    10. This book had lots of vivid detail, a few cute moments, and absolutely no point. It was trying to be super clever and ended up just being pointless and dumb. If your two favorite characters are going to be from an isolated cult then don't try to sell me on them knowing how to use a remote control and recognizing Cher. If these cult members are on a mission to recruit new members, why is there precious little detail about them actually doing any of it? I just don't get it, and frankly I shouldn't [...]

    11. Walter Kirn is a contributing editor to Time magazine, where he was nominated for a National Magazine Award in his first year, and a regular reviewer for the New York Times Book Review. The author of four previous works of fiction, including the novel Up in the Air, Kirn reads from and discusses his new novel Mission to America, a superb story about the collision between the forces of faith and an overstimulated, overfed, spiritually overextended America.We met Walter Kirn when he visited the Ta [...]

    12. A few years ago I read this author's short story collection, and formed a very high opinion of his writing talent. This book, often described as satire, is something more than that. Satire is a kind of exaggeration, but everything in this book is firmly rooted in America of today. We just don't normally see all these elements rubbing against each other quite so determinedly. Deeply cynical and very hopeful all at the same time, this novel should be studied by future generations trying to underst [...]

    13. Walter Kirn grew up Mormon and took a lot from his religious experience as a teenager to construct this fake cult.The cult is losing members and have been cut off from the world all of their lives when it's time to start recruiting from 'the world'.Two missionaries go out to bring back new followers, and start to bend the rules a bit as it's their first journey to the read world which may as well be outer space for them's my kirn interview[drinkswithtony/walterk]

    14. A matriarchal cult cloistered in the mountains of Montana sends forth two missionaries to recruit young women for marriage in order to counteract the effects of inbreeding which are threatening their existence. In the end, this book seems to be as much as commentary on consumerism and modern culture as the place and function of belief and organized religion in society. I wanted to see a more in-depth treatment of the latter themes (make no mistake, they were there, but I wanted more), but I stil [...]

    15. This goes dangerously close to Tom Robbins territory (whom I loathe, more than Madonna loathes hydrangeas), almost, but not quite, stepping over the boundary, which would be a very bad thing. By that, I mean quirky just for the sake of being quirky. All that kind of crap. A dying religious sect sends out two missionaries to attract new followers and, guess what, they become enchanted with American culture! What a whacky idea! Too trite and cute.

    16. meh. this was billed as clever satire, but struck me more as chuck palahniuk lite. there were some interesting parts, most based on the novelty of the protagonist encountering the modern world after growing up in a sheltered religious group. some of the targets were pretty uninteresting, though - did you know some new age thought can be a little silly? and that sometimes people have religious faith for hypocritical reasons? it never quite landed for me.

    17. An interesting look into American values from the perspective of a character living in a society outside the American mainstream. Despite the cynicism and pessimism the author suggests pervades our lives, there is always a ray of hope that we can ignore all the ugliness around us if we just try. The beautiful ending to this wonderful novel left me feeling uplifted and happy that people can find love amidst the strangest of circumstances.

    18. My introduction to Kirn's work was his appearance at the Central Library for Lost in the Meritocracy. If you were there, you know the excerpt he read was memorable. (Teaser: there is college humiliation and piano destruction.) So I started this book, which had been on my shelf awhile. Mission to America is enjoyable as a subtle parody of the current state of American spirituality and lack thereof.

    19. This is an entertaining novel about a matriarchal religious sect in Montana that sends two young men to "America" to find brides to prevent the group from becoming inbred. The highlights of the novels are funny descriptions of their reactions to American culture. It is worth reading, but the ending trails off and the novel looses its poignancy.

    20. It had an entertaining premise - missionaries from a fringe religious cult send strapping young men to proselytize and bring back wives. However, I found the satire so broad that all the characters felt like caricatures of goofy religiosity, new-age woo-woo, or consumerism, and in the end, I felt a bit let down that I didn't care more.

    21. Man, this could have been a great book. The premise is funny: members of a cloistered matriarchal religious community going out into the real world, which they call Terrestria, to recruit new members. It had some funny moments, but I guess I thought it could have been lots funnier. So I was a little bit disappointed.

    22. Two young men--one of them the narrator--set out from their isolated, eclectic cult in Montana to recruit fresh blood as a man plots a takeover of the matriarchal cult. The pair end up on the Colorado ranch of a sick, elderly man. Our narrator is confused about his role in the cult & in the world but is ultimately a healthy soul surrounded by manipulators.

    23. I struggled to get through this book. The premise was good but the story was not well written nor as creative as the author could have been with the subject matter. I found myself skimming parts and struggling to understand what is actually taking place. Would have been more interesting to me if the subjects had actually interacted with some more mainstream characters.

    24. I tell ya, there is something about religious cult books that I cannot get enough ofThis one is great. Really enjoyed it.

    25. This book was amusing and a little bit sad. Enjoyable, but not extremely memorable. Its message is strongly individualistic and also kind - especially to the crazies out there.

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