A review by pattydsf
Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne


I would not have ever read this book without the Morning News' Tournament of Books and it would have been a shame to miss it. Karim Issar comes to the United States to work for an investment company. It starts working on the Y2K problem - when did you last think about that problem?

It turns out that Karim is very good with numbers and is still learning about relationships. Many of the comic turns in this book use his inexperience, but not in a painful way. I am often discomforted by humor that makes people seem inferior. I did not feel that way about Kapitoil.

I would recommend this book to folks who are interested in the intersections between our culture and others. I found it good to look at how our world works through other eyes.